Newsletter | March 21, 2011

03.21.2011 -- 4 Keys To Capitalize On Merchandising 2.0 | What To Look For In Open EMS Solutions

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Editor's Notebook

The Ripple Effect Of Japan's Retail Struggles
By Matt Pillar, editor in chief
Ask any retailer in New Orleans about sales during the months following Katrina. Then ask a San Diego retailer the same question. The New Orleaner's story is probably a bit more dramatic, but the suffering felt by their bottom lines is very much the same. When natural disaster strikes a blow hard enough to bruise markets, the bruise runs deep and wide.

Featured Integrated Solutions For Retailers Article

Inside A Transportation Management Overhaul
By Erin Harris, associate editor
Retailers strive to optimally manage all their transportation and distribution activities so they can coordinate, redirect, and keep deliveries on schedule. When transportation management isn't a retailer's core competency, outsourcing or partnering with a company that specializes in that area is key to maintaining customer satisfaction.

Inside A Transportation Management Overhaul

Guest Expert Series

What To Look For In Open EMS Solutions
By Andy McMillan, general manager, Philips Teletrol
Open EMS is about how energy management systems connect, talk, and manage each other. In the EMS market, two definitions of open EMS are commonly encountered. The first is based on technical standards; the second focuses on interfaces.

Featured Articles

Use ERP To Improve Multichannel Operations
By Erin Harris, associate editor
Big Al's is a multichannel retailer with e-commerce activity in the United States and Canada, as well as corporate and franchised locations operating in Canada. An ERP solution enabled Big Al's to streamline brick-and-mortar, wholesale, and e-commerce operations and experience a 90% improvement in order accuracy.

Use ERP To Improve Multichannel Operations

Time To Value And ROI From BI
Submitted by IDC, sponsored by QlikTech
The business benefits that can be gained from higher quality decision-making are unlimited. Many organizations realize they need to give more employees faster and easier access to higher quality information — but to deliver this information remains a challenge.


Electronic Check Acceptance Solution Cuts Fraud
Submitted by Certegy
With some 2,000 cellular telephone sales and services stores spread throughout the United States, Verizon Wireless could not afford to eliminate checks from its roster of customer payment options. At the same time, it needed an efficient means of check acceptance. This need led the retailer to implement the Elec Check electronic check acceptance platform from Certegy Inc.

Electronic Check Acceptance Solution Cuts Fraud

Industry News

IBM Launches Software And Services To Help Businesses Adapt To Rising Customer Demands
In The Pink Finds A Perfect Fit With Opterus Store Ops-Center
Boingo Brings Wi-Fi To Urban Retail Shopping Destinations
Advantage IQ Receives EPA 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award
Demandware Extends Product Content Management Capabilities For Multichannel Retailers
Anna's Linens Awards Transplace Long-Term Contract Renewal For Third Party Logistics
Frank Mayer & Associates Delivers Satisfying Results With Rubio's a-Go-Go Catering Display
Cavender's Boot City Selects Kronos To Improve Customer Service
Pivot3 Selected By Wall Street Journal As A Top 50 Venture-Backed Company
igxglobal Validates ChainDrive's Solution To Be Out-Of-Scope For PA-DSS Certification
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Featured Content

Retail Redefined: 4 Keys To Capitalize On Merchandising 2.0
Merchandising 2.0 is about selling more product in a new way. Retailers must merchandise to the customer, not the category. It's a customer-centered environment, no longer a product-centered environment.

Intermec Puts The Fizz In Pepsi
PepsiAmericas' Poland sales force needed a reliable, mobile solution for taking daily re-stock orders from over 40,000 shops, gas stations, and grocery stores transmitting them back to the warehouse as efficiently as possible.

The Advantages Of SaaS Enterprise Workforce Management
The most well-known aspect of SaaS is its unique ability to lower enterprise software costs. These savings come from many places. The elimination of the license fee is a major element in this equation.
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Featured Podcast

Mobile Strategies For Retailers
Mobile Strategies For Retailers
Editor Erin Harris talks to Omnego CEO and founder, David Thomas, about mobile strategies for retailers. Specifically, Thomas covers some of the pros and cons of developing a custom app versus being a part of an aggregated app.

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