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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

planet stores dss  a downturn and the planet is in peril. That's a conundrum if we've ever seen one, but it doesn't have to be. Introduction: The Economic/Environmental Challenge There's no doubt that the current economic climate and climate change are hot issues no pun intended. In fact, we hear the two phrases global economic crisis and green initiatives a lot lately. The economy is in a downturn and the planet is in peril. That's a conundrum if we've ever seen one, but it doesn't have to be. The fact that we are Read More...

Getting Beyond the Development Stage
Now that you’ve validated your product or service concept, how do you avoid hemorrhaging money during expansion?

planet stores dss  Beyond the Development Stage Business Issue New startups and new ventures in mature companies face significant business and technology challenges as they emerge from proving their concept to proving their ability to deliver. Foremost on many new entrepreneurs and venture capitalists minds are: Getting beyond the development phase mentality Developing the set of Business Capability Requirements for the production expansion phase Translating requirements into necessary business processes, Read More...
Document Management System (DMS)
Document management systems (DMS) assist with the management, creation, workflow, and storage of documents within different departments. A DMS stores documents in a database and associates importan...
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What’s Microsoft’s Retail Play?
The retail experience is no longer limited to the showroom due to mobile and Web sales, social media, and complex pricing, among other considerations. Read TEC

planet stores dss  Microsoft’s Retail Play? This article is not about the currently available 15 retail locations for Microsoft Stores in the United States (US), but rather about what Microsoft Corp . has already been offering (or is soon to offer) to retailers as software, and, to a lesser degree, hardware (e.g., Microsoft Surface tablets) solutions. To be fair, Microsoft uses most of the solutions that will be discussed here in its aforementioned stores. At the recently held Fall Analyst Event (FAE) 2011 by Read More...
Synchronization of Stores and Warehouses: Closing the Profit Gap
Successful retailers focus their efforts on the unique attributes of each store in the chain. Tailored assortments, promotions, and pricing create environments

planet stores dss  of Stores and Warehouses: Closing the Profit Gap Successful retailers focus their efforts on the unique attributes of each store in the chain. Tailored assortments, promotions, and pricing create environments that foster increased sales. But how can orders to supplying warehouses reflect the intricate details of store-level realities? Can time spent forecasting and ordering into the warehouse be freed up, to enable a focus on store-level opportunities? Read More...
Pronto Xi Dimensions: Point of Sale (POS) Systems Competitor Analysis Report
A point of sale (POS) system helps retailers automate transactions. POS solutions are used in retail stores where sales associates must enter sales, refunds

planet stores dss  Xi Dimensions: Point of Sale (POS) Systems Competitor Analysis Report A point of sale (POS) system helps retailers automate transactions. POS solutions are used in retail stores where sales associates must enter sales, refunds, layaways, transfers, etc. TEC's model of POS systems facilitates the selection process with research on vendors that support inventory management, register management, price management, transaction management, and other capabilities. Read More...
Retail Systems: A Primer
The core components of a retail information system are inventory management, inventory optimization, revenue management, sales management, and reports and

planet stores dss  Systems: A Primer Introduction Although many people recognize technology terms such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) or supply chain management (SCM), RMM and MMS are acronyms that lack such widespread awareness. Moreover, the terms retail merchandise management system (RMM) and merchandise management system (MMS) likely have little more market recognition than their acronyms. Despite their relative anonymity, these systems, also known as retail ERP systems, are the enterprise back-office Read More...
Retailers Join Forces for a
Today's competitive retail landscape has lead to mega-mergers between some of the oldest retailers in the US: Kmart and Sears. Before the technical issues of

planet stores dss  Join Forces for a Make or Break Attempt in Their Competitive Landscape Event Summary Amid the ongoing spate of mergers in the business software market, our attention was drawn to the recent mega-merger of two of the oldest retailers in the US. In late in 2004, just before the holiday rush, Kmart Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KMRT), and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE:S), announced a definitive merger agreement to form the Sears Holdings Corporation. What is interesting, is not that Sears Holdings Read More...
iVend Retail
iVend Retail is an end-to-end retail management solution for mid-market retail store chain companies. The solution covers all aspects of retail business

planet stores dss  Retail iVend Retail is an end-to-end retail management solution for mid-market retail store chain companies. The solution covers all aspects of retail business, ranging from head-office functions to back-office store and point-of-sale (POS) operations. The application is designed to scale from a single-store specialty retail operation to retail operations having hundreds of stores spanning multiple geographies. iVend Retail is integrated with SAP Business One, and provides features including loyalty Read More...
JDA Enables Retail In-Store Picking
While omnichannel retail has created multiple sales opportunities for retailers, it has created havoc in their stores and upstream supply chains. Challenged

planet stores dss  Enables Retail In-Store Picking While omnichannel retail has created multiple sales opportunities for retailers, it has created havoc in their stores and upstream supply chains. Challenged with enormous e-commerce purchasing volumes, retailers are looking at how they can effectively manage the picking of e-commerce orders to truly provide the ‘buy anywhere, fulfill anywhere, and return anywhere’ experience. Find out how one software vendor is helping retailers address this challenge. Read More...
Retalix Acquires a Provider of Store Systems for Top Tier Department Stores
Retalix' acquisition of Cornell Mayo Associates is symptomatic of the current trend of acquisition and consolidation in the retail marketplace (just look at

planet stores dss  Acquires a Provider of Store Systems for Top Tier Department Stores Retalix' acquisition of Cornell Mayo Associates is symptomatic of the current trend of acquisition and consolidation in the retail marketplace (just look at RedPrairie’s four recent acquisitions in this area). This is a fast-changing marketplace, with retailers looking for broader solutions and less interested in multiple point solutions. Predicting how this merger will go is tricky, but in general I think it has to be a good Read More...
Consumers Shop Everywhere: Understanding Multichannel Sales
Multichannel retailers must be able to flawlessly execute a full range of services to engage, transact, and fulfill on Web placed orders. Hence, most successful

planet stores dss  Shop Everywhere: Understanding Multichannel Sales Multichannel Customers Consumers today shop almost everywhere—in stores, at home, by mail catalogs, over the phone (soon over many mobile devices), via TV infomercials and over the Internet, and most retailers, including Wal-Mart , try to sell through as many as possible of these channels. But few can still effectively and seamlessly interact with customers across these channels. Selling accessories and installation services in-store when Read More...
IBM Unveils New Technology to Address the Internet of Things
IBM has introduced a new appliance designed to help organizations to communicate with millions of mobile devices and sensors around the world. The new offering

planet stores dss  we launched our Smarter Planet strategy nearly five years ago, our strategic belief was that the world was going to be profoundly changed as it became more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. IBM MessageSight is a major technological step forward in continuing that strategy. Until now, no technology has been able to handle this volume of messages and devices. What's even more exciting is that this only scratches the surface of what's to come as we continue down this path of a Smarter Planet. Read More...
Talking to (and Learning from) a Retail Store Execution Software Leader - Part 1
My recent post (Software and Human) Help Wanted in Overwhelmed Retail Stores talked about how much attention (and IT investment) retailers pay to their

planet stores dss  to (and Learning from) a Retail Store Execution Software Leader - Part 1 My recent post (Software and Human) Help Wanted in Overwhelmed Retail Stores talked about how much attention (and IT investment) retailers pay to their merchandize planning and supply chain optimization processes as compared to their store-level task execution, even though this is where “the rubber meets the road.” I concluded my post with the fact that there are dozens of retail  workforce management (WFM)  vendors and Read More...
PCI DSS Made Easy: Addressing the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
In 2004, there were 1.3 billion credit cards in circulation in the US. With fraud incidents on the rise, credit card companies are at constant risk of losing

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IBM Emptoris v10, Smarter Commerce, and Strategic Sourcing
Emptoris has been part of IBM for about 20 months, and we’re coming up on the close of its first full fiscal year under the IBM label. Since the acquisition

planet stores dss  to feed its Smarter Planet initiatives (more on this later). IBM was actually an Emptoris user before acquiring the company, and, Emptoris is in fact in the midst of another 2-year rollout within IBM, to help IBM manage some of its $37B of purchases across IBM. (Of course Emptoris also serves as a technology enablement for IBM’s procurement consulting business. On the product front, IBM Emptoris has a lot to talk about. In particular, IBM’s Virtual Supply Master (VSM), a global master repository for Read More...

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