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Critical Business Functions: Misunderstood, Underutilized, and Undervalued Part One: Credit and A/R Management
The credit and collection function is the most misunderstood, underutilized, and undervalued area of business. When allied with the sales function, controlled A

r part 20  rule applies to payment. Remember: people pay those they like first. This is part one of a two-part note. Part two will discuss measuring and improving credit and A/R management. About the Authors Charles Chewning , Jr . is president of Solutions, a Richmond, Virginia-based (US) consulting firm specializing in accounting software selection. He is considered a leading software selection expert. Chewning has written a number of accounting software reviews and is a frequent speaker on the subject of

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