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APICS 2009 Convention: Day 2
The conference really started today, with a general session featuring guest star speaker Jason Jennings, business thought leader and best-selling author. And

quoting books  a company that (I’m quoting the speaker here) “usually missed the ship date.” After yesterday’s case study (see previous blog), involving a company that reduced shortages by 86 percent (which means they were really doing badly before APICS training), we are really worried for companies not using APICS’s training and learning services. Another aspect that seems to be general to any company, no matter what industry or business they’re in, is that people or employees are the main problem, but

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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