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Challenging the Competition: Mega-mergers and Supply Chain Technology
In theory, the Kmart-Sears merger could produce a new layer of competition to mega-retailers such as Wal-Mart. However, it needs more than just size to be

sears holding  division . In general, Sears Holding will have to force customers through a new learning curve with significant advertising campaigns to increase market share and customer loyalty to certain product brands. Customers will have to change their perception from discount mass merchandise stores to more upscale stores. However, Sears Holding will have to make sure that customers are not pressured by too aggressive sales associates trying to push the new retail image, because customers need to feel they are Read More...
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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

sears holding  the current Sears board. Sears Holdings will act as the holding company for the Sears and Kmart businesses, which will continue to operate separately under their respective brand names. Kmart has made great progress over the past eighteen months to strengthen the organization in terms of profitability and product offerings. The merger marks a remarkable comeback for Kmart, which filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2002 (see Wet Quarter Postpones Amazon's Desiccation While Kmart Drowns ), Read More...
Kronos Introduces New Capabilities to SMB Cloud Offering
Kronos Incorporated has announced improvements to Kronos Workforce Ready, its cloud solution for small to medium businesses (SMBs). To date, Kronos Workforce

sears holding  Introduces New Capabilities to SMB Cloud Offering Kronos Incorporated has announced  improvements to Kronos Workforce Ready , its cloud solution for small to medium businesses (SMBs). To date, Kronos Workforce Ready offers functionality for the following SMB human capital management (HCM) requirements: human resources (HR) (includes employee records, performance management, as well as asset management) payroll (allows multiple individuals to work on payroll at the same time) time and attendance Read More...
E-business Buy Side Success at H.B. Fuller
Chemical Company H.B. Fuller leveraged e-business to impact their procurement operations. This article discusses their objectives, the solution and the results.

sears holding  business Buy Side Success at H.B. Fuller Company Issue    H.B. Fuller ( www.hbfuller.com ) provides adhesive products to a variety of price sensitive markets. To stay competitive, they must continually innovate and cut costs. Because procurement represented a major expense, the company saw the need for smarter, sleeker procurement. They sought a way to increase the effectiveness of their procurement people and procedures while addressing administrative cost. Company Problem    Like many traditional Read More...
Nujira Selects and Implements Omnify Software PLM
The competition in the product lifecycle management (PLM)/product data management (PDM) software space is cutthroat, but some incumbent mid-market vendors are

sears holding  Selects and Implements Omnify Software PLM The competition in the product lifecycle management (PLM)/product data management (PDM) software space is cutthroat, but some incumbent mid-market vendors are holding their ground—for example, Omnify Software , a provider of  Web-based PLM software for discrete manufacturers (often using a mixture of electrical and mechanical components). Omnify has announced its latest Empower PLM implementation customer case study, featuring Nujira, Ltd. , a leader in Read More...
Bonitasoft, Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell
Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting

sears holding  Part 2: Interview with Marketing VP Mac McConnell Part 1 offered some background on Bonitasoft, provider of open source business process management (BPM) software, and highlighted its approach of targeting process owners. To further flesh out Bonitasoft’s value prop, we recently talked to Mac McConnell, Bonitasoft’s vice president of marketing. He is responsible for all aspects of global marketing, including brand awareness, communications, demand and lead generation, and go-to-market Read More...
Does Microsoft Have Something Against 64-Bit Processors?
More cracks appear in the Wintel duolith, as Linux appears to be the first OS “ready for prime time” on Intel’s 64-bit “Itanium” processor. Despite Microsoft’s

sears holding  Microsoft Have Something Against 64-Bit Processors? Event Summary February 16, 2000 [Sm@rt Reseller & ZDNet News] Linux: Itanium's Great 64-Bit Hope? Microsoft now is expecting Whistler Beta 2 to be its first IA-64 offering. Through a strange set of converging circumstances, Linux could end up as the preeminent operating system for Intel's 64-bit Itanium chip, due in the second half of this year. Microsoft is holding to the party line that it will have a 64-bit Windows release ready to ship once Intel Read More...
Mid-sized SCE Buys Small SCP: No Sure Bet on Short Term Profits
Leading supply chain execution (SCE) vendor, Manhattan Associates has recently announced its acquisition of Evant, a supply chain planning (SCP) company

sears holding  sized SCE Buys Small SCP: No Sure Bet on Short Term Profits Introduction With much aplomb, leading supply chain execution (SCE) vendor Manhattan Associates has recently announced the acquisition of Evant, a relatively small supply chain planning (SCP) vendor primarily for the retail and wholesale distribution sectors. Those who follow software vendor consolidation have recently witnessed Oracle purchasing ProfitLogic and then Retek , thwarting the attempts of SAP . Arguably these two mega-ERP vendors, w Read More...
SCT and G-Log Form Alliance For Collaborative Logistics in the Process Industries
G-Log, a leader in collaborative logistics, and SCT, a leader in enterprise applications for the process industries, have joined forces to bring together their

sears holding  and G-Log Form Alliance For Collaborative Logistics in the Process Industries Event Summary SCT (www.sct.com/manufacturing) and G-Log (www.g-log.com), both leaders in their respective fields have announced a partnership that brings together SCT's process industry manufacturing execution, planning, and optimization with G-Log's global logistics platform. The partnership is aimed at process manufacturers and distributors in the food, beverage, chemical, CPG, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and related proc Read More...
The Return of Supplier Relationship Management
Globalization, technology stabilization, inventory visibility, and traceability are forcing organizations to reevaluate supplier relationship management systems

sears holding  Return of Supplier Relationship Management As the year 2000 approached, the catchphrase lean manufacturing was loosely thrown around in manufacturing industries. The media and software vendors led organizations to believe that a supplier relationship management (SRM) system could achieve the promise of lean. Yet the benefits promised by SRM systems were not kept. As organizations matured, they realized how the benefits were interrelated. Information sharing, sourcing, purchasing, and supplier Read More...
Why Is In-transit Visibility (ITV) in the Supply Chain Important?
ITV capabilities allows an organization to meet the challenges of rapidly increasing fuel prices, changes in regulatory requirements, and provides customers

sears holding  Is In-transit Visibility (ITV) in the Supply Chain Important? Picture this: a customer service representative (CSR) gets a frantic call from a customer asking about parts. In this scenario, the customer is waiting for the supplier to deliver critical parts for a product which is scheduled on the line in a few hours. The customer service department's initial step is to check the order status where the item will be identified as being delivered, en route for delivery, awaiting customs etc. Usually, Read More...
VDoc Software
A subsidiary of the Axemble Group, a holding company with extensive experience in the small to medium business (SMB) market, VDoc Software is an independent

sears holding  Software A subsidiary of the Axemble Group, a holding company with extensive experience in the small to medium business (SMB) market, VDoc Software is an independent software vendor with 500 customers and more than 400,000 users. Since 1996, the vendor has provided software that focusses on processes, employee productivity, and organizational relationships with customers and partners. VDoc Software is headquartered in Charbonnières les Bains (France). Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3)
Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service

sears holding  Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 3) Part 1 of this blog series introduced the need for knowledge management (KM) software applications as part of a more comprehensive and strategic service management (SSM) suite. One such broad SSM suite has been advanced by Servigistics , and Part 2 zoomed into the capabilities of one particular part of the Servigistics SSM suite: Service Knowledge Management (SKM ). Potential SKM Benefits Redux While some possible benefits from SKM deployments were Read More...
What's in a Name? or Enterprise Systems' Reincarnations (Part I)
Well, the ERP Graveyard blog might sometimes be slightly deceiving, since not all enterprise resource planning (ERP) products necessarily die there. Some of

sears holding  s in a Name? or Enterprise Systems' Reincarnations (Part I) Well, the ERP Graveyard blog might sometimes be slightly deceiving, since not all enterprise resource planning (ERP) products necessarily die there. Some of them might even be resurected under a different name and ownership. To that end, Infor might even seem like old news today. It's been five years since its formation (no pun intended here, given its subsequent acquisition of former Formation Systems , with the Infor Optima PLM product as Read More...
Case Study: Peerless Pump
Peerless Pump has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing pumps for more than 80 years. The company was basing component stock levels on historical data,

sears holding  at 1,667 feet), the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Empire State Building in New York City. In addition to fire protection, its pumps serve many other industries including agriculture, process manufacturing, and the massive pumps that transport safe drinking water to our cities, to name a few. By increasing forecast accuracy through the use of Demand Solutions, the company has nearly doubled its sales over the past four years while keeping inventory levels constant – allowing Peerless to pump up its Read More...

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