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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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ERP for Municipalities

In this model, we assume the municipality controls water, sewers and roads. We assume also that it collects municipal or county taxes and manages many of its own assets such as vehicles and water treatment plant. ERP software for Municipalities nearly always includes Finance, Customer Care and Billing For a complete municipal ERP suite, the following modules are usually included: - Human Resources - Maintenance Management - Asset Management - Project Management ( including Grant Management) - Quality Management - Analytics - Product Technology Of the above, Project and Quality Management modules may not be required for smaller Municipalities.    

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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


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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.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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Tips for Social Marketers


Does social marketing meet the expectations that businesses or marketers have set for it? There are many claims according to which social marketing is very effective; perhaps more effective than e-mail marketing for certain generations of consumers or market segments. From a business perspective, recognizing the social as becoming an important space for advertising and finding prospects or

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Specialized Solutions


Located in Nasr City, Cario (Egypt), Specialized Solutions was established in 2002. It is a Microsoft Certified Partner and develops and customizes CRM, production control, and inventory, solutions. Specialized Solutions also offers training and consulting services.

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Centralizing Bank Connections


Electronic connections with corporate customers determine much of a bank’s competitive differentiation and cost structure. But many banks are held back by outdated file transfer systems, which make it difficult to reliably connect to clients and rapidly deliver new services. Learn how using a managed file transfer platform can help banks simplify data transfers, lower costs, and deliver compelling services to customers.

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Advanced Deskew Technology For Sharper Video in Extenders and Switches


ATEN developed patented technology to correct a particular cable-induced distortion, described as skew, in order to cut video distortion automatically with one-way signal detection. Find out more.

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IDC Customer Spotlight: Comcast Reaps the Benefits of Integrated HR and Talent from SAP


In the late 1990s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based cable operator Comcast relied on decidedly low-tech human resources (HR) systems. But as the company's business operations expanded, and the Comcast workforce grew by more than 20 times, executives realized that managing with paper would no longer be possible or efficient. Find out how a new HR solution helped Comcast improve processes and increase employee retention.

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Cadre Technologies, Inc


Founded in 2001, Cadre Technologies provides supply chain management (SCM) software to the fulfillment, logistics, and manufacturing industries. The company has over 200 customers in North America. Cadre's software is designed to automate companies' warehouse and fulfillment management processes, and provide supply chain visibility and tracking. Cadre is headquartered in Denver, Colorado (US), with major offices in Lenexa, Kansas (US) and Ellicott City, Maryland (US). Cadre Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

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XpertMart


 a privately held company, has US offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts (US), and Albuquerque, New Mexico (US), as well as an office in Mexico City (Mexico). As part of its XpertMart solution, XpertMart also provides hardware maintenance, software installation and maintenance, and software upgrades. XpertMart has developed its XpertMart solution entirely in Java, and can run on Mac, PC, or Linux operating systems.

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