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What’s Microsoft’s Retail Play?
The retail experience is no longer limited to the showroom due to mobile and Web sales, social media, and complex pricing, among other considerations. Read TEC

best retail companies 2010  Microsoft is the vendor best positioned to offer that. TEC: What are you already offering (or will soon offer) in social, mobile, and high-volume (in-memory) analytics for retailers? MG: The release at the NRF show this year—Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail—offers social commerce through centralized channel management and commerce services with the ability to leverage marketplaces, Web sites, and social networks as new opportunities to reach customers with promotions, coupons, and more. Needless

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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TEC Certified Products: 2010 Vendor Wrap-up


With 2010 almost behind us, the Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) research analyst team takes a brief look at some of the newest software products to join its roster. MicroStrategy, MicroStrategy 9 Plex Systems, Plex Online Sage, Sage ABRA HRMS  SmartOrg, Portfolio Navigator Vormittag Associates, Inc. (VAI), S2K EnterpriseBusiness Intelligence (BI) Solutions—Jorge García

best retail companies 2010  strives to provide the best solution for project portfolio value optimization. As a stand-alone product, Portfolio Navigator does a great job in optimizing portfolio value. However, it would be more beneficial if the solution worked with other systems that deal with the broader product development process. Portfolio Navigator already integrates with SAP Portfolio and Project Management (PPM), and I’d like to see further integration between Portfolio Navigator and more PPM and PLM solutions. ERP Read More

SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction


Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the complexities of this master vertical and the steps SAP has taken to address them. The ensuing candid discussion with the SAP Retail Industry team sheds some light on SAP’s strategy with regard to the retail industry.

best retail companies 2010  retail business processes and best practices. Over time the material master in R/3 became the article (merchandise) master. More functionality and applications were added, culminating in the global launch of SAP Industry Solution for Retail or SAP IS-R (now called SAP for Retail ) in 1997. Since then SAP has continuously invested in and improved its retail solutions with subsequent releases of SAP ERP and enhancement packages. In addition, the giant has also made a number of strategic acquisitions. In Read More

JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 1


Last year I attended the JDA FOCUS 2009 conference to realize that Scottsdale, Arizona-based JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) has become a force to be reckoned with in the vast supply chain management (SCM) space. Although far from being a vocal or touchy-feely company, throughout its history JDA has been run fairly effectively by applying basic principles of sound management

best retail companies 2010  few other customers at best). The vendor’s employees were largely the folks with unmatched in-depth knowledge of supply chains and optimization models, but these were also the folks with a short attention span. They would only get excited about one-and-done lengthy special projects and would want to move onto other special challenges (and leave the “menial” task of commercialization and repeatability to someone else). In one peculiar case, the i2 team never even brought the software to the customer Read More

Winning Users' Hearts & Minds via Usability: A Retail Example


My recent blog series entitled “Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Fiction?” established that WFM systems have evolved from point solutions (i.e., time and attendance [T@A], workforce scheduling, absence management, human resources [HR], payroll, etc.) into unified solutions with a common user interface (UI), integrated WFM modules, and centralized

best retail companies 2010  the employees who fit best and the manager can “assign” that employee to the open shift with a simple click of the button. Mobile Management – Refers to empowering managers and employees by enabling real-time, bidirectional communications that connect them to each other and their WFM system. With Mobile Management, mobile tools such as Kronos’ Workforce Mobile Scheduler allow managers to quickly and easily broadcast a text message to all employees qualified to fill an open shift. Employees can Read More

6 Best Practices for Selecting ERP Software


In 6 Best Practices for Selecting ERP Software , a group of ERP experts gives you a checklist of the most important steps to take and questions to ...

best retail companies 2010  Best Practices for Selecting ERP Software Selecting ERP is a complex task that can go wrong in many ways—costing your company time, money, and resources. Learn from the experts how to approach ERP selection the smart way. In 6 Best Practices for Selecting ERP Software , a group of ERP experts gives you a checklist of the most important steps to take—and questions to ask—when choosing an ERP system. From knowing your needs, to understanding vendor strengths, to allocating sufficient resources, Read More

Adapting to the New Retail Market


The current market is asking retailers some difficult questions—ones their existing processes and tools can’t answer. It takes a mix of science, retail intelligence, and merchandising art to ensure that every store in a supply chain carries the right inventory, while maintaining a high service level and market share. Learn how to better respond to the demands of consumers and rationalize your assortment at a local level.

best retail companies 2010  to the New Retail Market The current market is asking retailers some difficult questions—ones their existing processes and tools can’t answer. It takes a mix of science, retail intelligence, and merchandising art to ensure that every store in a supply chain carries the right inventory, while maintaining a high service level and market share. Learn how to better respond to the demands of consumers and rationalize your assortment at a local level. Read More

Fatal Flaws in ERP Software Create Opportunity for Niche Software in CPG Companies


ERP software may fail to meet critical business requirements. When companies find that their ERP doesn't meet all of their business requirements, they should investigate niche software vendors who are focused on fixing fatal flaws. This paper discusses one of the potential fatal flaw areas in the CPG industry.

best retail companies 2010  Flaws in ERP Software Create Opportunity for Niche Software in CPG Companies Fatal Flaws in ERP Software Create Opportunity for Niche Software in CPG Companies Featured Author - Bill Friend* - April 24, 2004 Overview After companies purchase an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system they may discover that the ERP software fails to provide all of the functionality their business requires. These shortfalls have been characterized as fatal flaws . If a company uncovers a fatal flaw in their ERP Read More

DNS Best Practices


Domain name system (DNS) best practices are becoming more standardized. However, DNS services are often overlooked simply because they are so commonplace. The result is poorly configured services that are either not fully functional, or easily compromised. To ensure that the Internet remains a reliable medium for information and commerce, further implementation of secure and efficient DNS will be required.

best retail companies 2010  Best Practices Domain name system (DNS) best practices are becoming more standardized. However, DNS services are often overlooked simply because they are so commonplace. The result is poorly configured services that are either not fully functional, or easily compromised. To ensure that the Internet remains a reliable medium for information and commerce, further implementation of secure and efficient DNS will be required. Read More

Grupo Axo Selects Epicor Retail


Epicor announced that Grupo Axo, the business partner of internationally renowned retail brands within Mexico (such as Brooks Brothers, Brunello Cucinelli, Chaps, Coach, Crate and Barrel, Emporio Armani, Etro, Express, Guess, etc.), has selected the full Epicor Retail suite to help support its expanding retail operations

best retail companies 2010  retail operations, and logistics best practices, Grupo Axo plans to leverage Epicor technology in the areas of merchandising, planning/assortment planning, audit and operations management, point of sale (POS, both store and mobile store), customer relationship management (CRM), clienteling, and enterprise selling. The Epicor Retail Wholesale product will also be implemented to support Grupo Axo's free-standing stores as well as POS stations found within the country's major department stores.   After an Read More

Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part One: Software Requirements for Retail


Although the retail and wholesale customers have typically invested a low proportion of their total revenues in information technology, retail industry leaders have begun to demonstrate an ability to achieve market advantage through the effective use of specialized enterprise applications. As a result, the requirement for all retailers to increase their investment in IT and adopt best practices has thus grown.

best retail companies 2010  in IT and adopt best practices has grown. As mentioned earlier, many of these companies have not yet replaced their customized legacy systems with packaged software solutions. As a result, there is substantial opportunity in the retail market and additionally, many of the companies in the market do not utilize sophisticated optimization solutions. This is Part One of a two-part note. Part Two will present retailer progress. Current Solutions Consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturing customers employ Read More

Macintosh Retail Group to Use Progress Pacific PaaS


During the Progress Exchange 2013 conference, Progress announced that Macintosh Retail Group (MRG), a large-scale retailer in the lifestyle and fashion sector, will deploy the Progress Pacific platform as a service (PaaS). The decision is part of the company's modernization of key systems to facilitate for its customers a consistent brand experience. MRG’s retail and product

best retail companies 2010  Retail Group to Use Progress Pacific PaaS During the Progress Exchange 2013 conference, Progress announced that Macintosh Retail Group (MRG) , a large-scale retailer in the lifestyle and fashion sector, will  deploy the Progress Pacific platform as a service (PaaS) . The decision is part of the company's modernization of key systems to facilitate for its customers a consistent brand experience. MRG’s retail and product brands have nationwide coverage in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Read More

The ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS


Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) solutions for warehouse management. Effective management of warehouse, fulfillment, and distribution operations is key to business success. With so much riding on your decision, you need to thoroughly compare ERP warehouse modules and best-of-breed WMS.

best retail companies 2010  ERP Warehouse Module versus Best-of-breed WMS Every supply chain professional must consider certain factors when comparing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) solutions for warehouse management. Effective management of warehouse, fulfillment, and distribution operations is key to business success. With so much riding on your decision, you need to thoroughly compare ERP warehouse modules and best-of-breed WMS. Read More

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best retail companies 2010  Systems Research Retail Systems Research (RSR) provides advisory services, research, and industry news. RSR publishes Retail Paradox Weekly, a retail news analysis newsletter. Read More

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