Newsletter | January 19, 2005

01.19.05 -- Boost Orders Handled Fivefold With The Right ERP Solution

January 19,
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D/C EXPO 2005
Whether you are looking for the complete supply chain system or any application in your supply chain, you will find it at the Distribution/Computer EXPO 2005. Meet the leading vendors of products for all supply chain applications including: logistics, distribution, transportation, TMS, warehousing, WMS, RFID, supply chain management, and much more.

From The Chief Editor
This week's ERP success story chronicles how an 11-employee online retailer extended its Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains software to provide a customer experience equivalent to that provided by large retailers. Working with Microsoft business partner, Tectura, the company was able to extend its investment in Great Plains through the use of complementary Microsoft tools (such as Access 2002 for database integration with other applications).
Featured Articles
Small Retailer Makes Big Impact And Boosts Orders Handled Fivefold With ERP Solution
Quality Flags sells flags, banners, and related items through online, catalog, and direct sales. As a small retailer, Quality Flags wanted to expand its business and build brand loyalty. The company needed to improve processes to attract and retain customers and to motivate its employees. Submitted by Microsoft

RedPrairie Global Update Q1 2005
As distribution challenges increase in complexity, companies need the right solutions and information to remain competitive. Supply chain leaders are those who access and best employ information. Submitted by RedPrairie

Forecasting Solution Helps Compaq Leverage The Web To Improve Accuracy And Efficiency
Compaq Direct needed a new forecasting solution in a Microsoft format with support for SQL server, and perhaps more importantly, one that was Web-enabled. The company selected ALT-C to provide the TimeTrends forecasting system. Submitted by ALT-C Systems Inc.

Reflect Reveals Secrets Of Mass Customization
Reflect — an online, make-to-order beauty retailer — customizes skincare, hair care, cosmetics, and fragrance products. A new product is created to meet a consumer's unique specifications each time an order is placed. Naturally, in such a demanding business, the right warehouse management system is critical. Submitted by Optum

Top News Stories
Supply And Demand Chain Veteran, Julie Murphree, Joins AberdeenGroup As Vice President And Editor-In-Chief Of AberdeenAccess
RF Code Project Wins Top European Supply Chain Award
Featured Products
Provia Supply Chain Execution And Event Management
Provia's supply chain execution and event management suites include warehousing, transportation, order, and yard management products seamlessly integrated together. View additional solutions available through Provia.

Rate And Route
TSi Logistics' Rate and Route allows you to operate the tool via the Internet to quickly find the most effective carrier. View TSi Logistics' other solutions.

VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace and Defense
VISUAL Enterprise Aerospace And Defense incorporates Lilly Software's successful production, scheduling, and inventory control system with tools for contract administration, work breakdown structure, project management, project control, and project execution. Download the complete product brochure now.

RedPrairie RFID Solutions
RedPrairie's RFID solutions provide you with everything you need for compliance with retailer mandates, for any distribution environment. With RedPrairie, you can gain the benefits of RFID-based distribution operations in any environment, complete supply chain execution solutions with "baked in" RFID technology, and monitor and secure assets anywhere in the world. View additional products available through RedPrairie.

MAS 500
MAS 500 is a highly-reliable, robust series of business applications covering all areas of business management, including customer relationship management (CRM), accounting and financials, distribution, manufacturing, human resources, payroll, project accounting, and electronic commerce. Download the complete product brochure now.

Interlog Winter 2005
Interlog Winter 2005
Now in its 3rd year, Interlog Winter 2005 continues to be the only conference that focuses specifically on aftermarket product support and service parts logistics. Interlog is developed to provide you with innovative solutions to meet the challenges of your unique aftermarket business. This year, Interlog showcases 42 in-depth case studies delivered by aftermarket executives from the world's leading aerospace, semiconductor, telecommunications, high-tech, and industrial manufacturing companies.
Featured Download
A Complete Software Evaluation Guide For Small And Midsize Manufacturers
Implementing the proper business system can be as strategic and important to your bottom line as purchasing new equipment. However, implementing the wrong solution or choosing an inexperienced solution provider can have serious negative effects on your business. This guide is designed to help manufacturers manage the entire software evaluation cycle from needs analysis and budget planning through software selection and implementation. Submitted by Best Software
Featured Book
Warehouse Management Handbook
Industry Events
RFID Is Ready. Are You?
A Case Study Webcast: From spreadsheets to RFID asset tracking in six weeks
Thursday, January 27, 2005; 8:30am Pacific

With more than 3,000 IT items to track, the government of El Paso County, Colorado, looked for a solution that provided greater asset accountability without adding significant labor costs. This Webcast will demonstrate how an RFID solution took this government agency from spreadsheets to RFID tags in just six weeks.
National Manufacturing Week (NMW) is a truly unique, exciting industry event that covers all areas of manufacturing through eight separate, yet interrelated events held simultaneously and sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers. Industry professionals will need to attend this event as no other will encompass the education, new products, and networking of NMW. Register today.
Training Resources
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Trade Publications
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