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Have You Ever Asked Yourself, 'Is My Company Experiencing a Sales Breakdown?'
No matter how strong or experienced you are as a sales professional, sales executive or smaller company CEO, if the infrastructure supporting your sales effort

writing a formal fax  complex sales campaigns without writing it all down. (It's been said that the dullest of pencils is far better than the sharpest of memories.) A lot has been written about this subject. Suffice it to say you are at a serious disadvantage if you don't approach each sales campaign with a unique, competitive, strategic sales plan. If management doesn't require you to adhere to a formal (not necessarily complex or bureaucratic) process, you'll benefit from doing that yourself. Qualification processes . Does

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Vendor Directory

Profiles

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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

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