Monday, May 12, 2008

The network reconfigures the library systems environment

In effect, in virtue of its integration with inventory management, the catalog provides discovery (what is in the collection), location (where those things are) and request (get me those things) in a tightly integrated way. ...

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Bassett Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results

Inventories have decreased $6.2 million for the year due to lower business
levels and improved inventory management. Accounts receivable have
increased $1.7 ...

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Tsingshan Gears Up for Growth With Integrated Business Management ...

The challenge was to provide online access to manufacturing plans; automate procurement processes; gain control of inventory Management; improve material use to prevent wastage; deliver timely and reliable performance evaluation data; ...

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Management Lite & Ezy 38 - Inventory Management II

Part I is here. The Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) model is a simple inventory-control technique. It is based on several assumptions:. Demand is known and constant. Receipt of inventory is instantaneous and complete, ie the inventory ...

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Eric Robinson : Fundamental Flaws in Game Design

To put it simply, the above situation refers to inventory management, a design mechanism in which the designer allows the player to choose a restricted number of tools to have at the ready. Yoshi's Island DS sports a lot of great ideas ...

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Get More From Surveys By Using Samples Instead of Everyone

Now the client can put any specific accusations about poor inventory management into context. His recommendations about improving inventory management are objective and considered, rather than knee-jerk reactions. ...

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Stocks Jump on M&A, Falling Yields

... given his experience in implementing technology and sophisticated
inventory management in convenience store operations, but wanted to hear
his strategy. ...

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Infor SyteLine vs Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Microsoft ...

This comparison will cover each functional areas such as - Financials, Human Resources, Manufacturing Management, Inventory Management, Purchasing Management, Quality Management, Sales Management and Product Technology. ...

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Working Capital Optimization: How Supply Chain Finance and ...

Leading companies are reforming their supply chain finance and inventory management practices and adopting relevant technologies to achieve the next wave of improvements in working capital.

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Interfacing the 'internet of things'

So far applications have been limited to logistics and inventory management; outside of the experience of most people. But if every product is tagged and tracked there are certainly implications for people at the consumer / user / human ...

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Terrorist Attack Fears Lead to Increased Identity Management

Wal-Mart, among others, pioneered just-in-time inventory management, with the use of radio frequency identification tags (RFID). This logistical triumph, along with low-cost labour in China, is why Western shoppers enjoy every day low ...

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New Fluensee application helps shippers better manage yard ...

"This version provides better visibility into appointments and carrier
and inventory management," said Brumett. He explained that one of the
'pain points' ...

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Mughamrat Releases Mobile Inventory Management Control

Mughamrat, CO. has announced the release of their Multilingual Mobile Inventory Management Control Suite 1.2 ...

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IBM Big Foots into Web 2.0

The example IBM offers is a store manager tracking inventory shipments against weather reports from national weather advisories and then mapping that with Google for inventory management. IBM tipped its hand about all this in January ...

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Fast Forward the Electric Business

... design tools, distribution & planning analysis systems, contract management systems, customer information systems, financial systems, payroll systems, asset management systems and inventory management systems to fully automate the ...

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2007 SHRM - Hot or Not?

On the vendor side, I actually saw booth employees doing advanced inventory management. Party Excess - There were three huge parties thrown on Monday evening. Each of these parties must have cost between $250000 and $500000 to produce ...

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Shopping Cart Software

It has the facility of complete operational storefront with complete inventory management online. In case you face any problem then they have a free technical support system via email, phone and online chat. You can even take their 10 ...

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SYSPRO "Stars" at Lone Star Bakery

Lone Star Bakery need improved inventory management and supply chain visibility, the ability to forecast and make more judicious purchasing decisions, lot tracking to help meet USDA requirements and the ability to integrate with Excel ...

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Decofrut launches inventory management system

The services strengths include wide geographic coverage, certified
inspection teams in the field, and the Inventory Management Software- a
tool capable of ...

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Who's Buying Now?

CAPS investor teasdale100 seems to think so, citing improved inventory
management. He may be right. According to Capital IQ, Cost Plus turned over
its ...

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EMC Document Systems Gives Stamp of Approval to SYSPRO

Because EMC provides complete systems as well as replacement parts, the company needed a software solution that could provide powerful inventory management and accurate sales forecasting.

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NADA Forms 20 Group for Independent Used-Vehicle Dealerships

The 20 Group meetings will focus on such topics as inventory management, expense control and revenue generation. They will incorporate the findings of NADA's new Used Vehicle Special Study into a detailed analysis of each dealership's ...

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Dillard's soars as unhappy shareholder seeks talks

In a letter to Chief Executive William Dillard, Barington Capital Group LP
said it wants to discuss merchandising, inventory management, cost controls
and ...

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SAP launches application for mobile data

SAP Mobile In-store Inventory Management is expected in the autumn, and SAP
Netweaver Mobile is due to be released on a -restricted basis in November.

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Virtualization Drawbacks and How to Manage Them

Asset tracking and inventory management systems provide a snapshot of the
information you need to manage this proliferation and complexity. ...

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What? Dillard's not return a phone call?

These include initiatives that would augment the Company's existing
operating strategy in areas such as merchandising, inventory management and
cost ...

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Monopoly in Retail

Better inventory management: Here also the association can help. In this age, IT can make the inventory management of 100000 small stores as efficient as 100 big ones. The government could help in building such a system, ...

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Reflections on a Mob CIO

I used to write the Production and Inventory Management Fairy Tale column for the P&IM Review. I wish we found more fiction in the trade press. But then as this article points out, that might be too experimental for practical minded ...

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Elsevier MDL releases MDL(r) Logistics 1.2

"Inventory management is a business critical operation, and MDL Logistics
helps customers get it right with minimal effort," said Dr. Trevor
Heritage, ...

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Columbus Children's Installs RFID system from Mobile Aspects

... enabled inventory management system to store, track, and manage the
utilization of high cost devices and supplies supporting congenital heart
care. ...

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TEC Launches Merchandising Systems Evaluation Center to Help ...

Technologies that help with inventory management and getting merchandise
in the right stores at the right time are increasingly mission-critical.
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Inventory Management Challenges Economic Wisdom

However, as the following chart attests, someone forgot to explain the cause and effect to those responsible for inventory management because they seem to have a one-track mind--less is better.

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Inventory Management: RedPrairie Announces Advanced Inventory ...

RedPrairie Corporation, one of the leading consumer driven optimization company, announced recently that it has rolled out new efficiencies for measuring fluids, powders and other variable weighted materials with its warehouse ...

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Home Depot Works to Improve Distribution

Next up is improving inventory management and product distribution,
Holifield said. The company plans to update its retail inventory management
system, ...

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Gibraltar Mine looks to modernize

"This will put the onus of inventory management back to the contracted
supplier," Anderson said. "A list of materials is provided to the
contracted supplier ...

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Management Lite & Ezy 37 - Inventory Management I

In Management Lite & Ezy 34, we learned that firms which adopt low-cost or differentiation strategy minimize inventory in order to hold down cost or to avoid obsolescence. Inventory incurs a number of costs to a firm, for example: ...

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Bifrost Inventory Management

... you will need to have an inventory for your household possessions. Bifrost Inventory Management is a full featured database program for cataloging, organizing, and tracking your household possessions. http://www.100inventory.com/

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CRM David Versus Apple Goliath, Loyalty Lab and Rockler, Auto/Mate ...

This means Chrysler dealers using AMPS can now connect to Chrysler's ARO parts inventory management system. ARO connects dealer spare parts inventory to a Mopar-controlled automatic daily replenishment order. It's unique to the industry ...

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What is System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE 2007)?

SCE 2007 can do H/W & S/W inventory management, monitor computers and applications, patch update, software installation plus reporting of all these actions. Another way of looking at SCE 2007 is as a combination of three other distinct ...

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Monday, Monday with Lynn

He said that the program was fundamentally about the relationship between inventory management systems and access systems. The practical aspects involve rights management, syncing local records with master WorldCat records, ...

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Ideas for Resturant Management Software

Inventory Management I am using ideas we used at Sonic Drive-In my old job. It was a fast food place though, so I dont know if casual dining restaurant would need the same or more or what. I have already talked to them about what I had ...

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C3-LTD News - C3 joins forces with Brian Smith of Cornwallcables

This covers every option in supply chain management from simple "source and supply" to fully outsourced inventory management and logistic solutions, which can include engineering and product development. These services allow C3's ...

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Making it easy to use the library

They do use unique item codes (equivalent to the ISBN) for inventory management and other purposes - but these are invisible to the customer. Whay can't libraries do the same? Still on the subject of making libraries easier to use, ...

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Jusco Selects e-Future as the Provider of POS and Customer ...

... we can help Jusco and Aeon sharpen their back-of-store processes,
improve store-planning capabilities and expedite workflow for inventory
management. ...

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Upgraded FourthShift Edition Represents Architectural Shift for ...

... to existing SAP Business One implementations that need more
manufacturing and inventory management capabilities than native SAP
Business One provides. ...

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RedPrairie Announces Advanced Inventory Methods for Chemical and ...

Another benefit of the new inventory management advances is improved brand
protection in the event of a recall. RedPrairie has the ability to trace
the ...

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Datacraft Solutions is Selected by US Navy for Pilot Supply Chain ...

The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Supply Management Department Midwest, Crane, Indiana (SMDMW) announced that it was seeking to improve inventory management and overall supply chain efficiency for customers within the ...

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InfoWorld: IBM lends gravitas to Enterprise 2.0 trend

The example IBM offers is a store manager tracking inventory shipments against weather reports from national weather advisories and then mapping that with Google for inventory management. I asked about this on the Blogger Q&A I attended ...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

SAP ups its game in mobile software sales

A newly introduced application, SAP Mobile In-Store Inventory Management,
will allow retail clerks to view inventory data. SAP has updated its Mobile
Asset ...

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RFID comes out of the closet, neatly folded

The SC400 features a patented, three-dimensional antenna design and RFID
reader for reliable inventory management. The SC400's modular design
affords users ...

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NetSuite Assistants Make ERP Easy to Deploy and Complex Back ...

... then moving into Inventory Management (stock management) and other
back-office operations -- while facilitating the roll-out of future add-on
modules to ...

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US Navy Selects Datacraft Solutions for Pilot Supply Chain

"We are looking forward to working with Datacraft Solutions to improve
inventory management and overall supply chain efficiency for customers
within the ...

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Nokia organizes for the converging marketplace

... safety, security and timely delivery of our products and solutions; 12) inventory management risks resulting from shifts in market demand; 13) our ability to source quality components and sub-assemblies without interruption and at ...

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IBM lends gravitas to Enterprise 2.0 trend

The example IBM offers is a store manager tracking inventory shipments against weather reports from national weather advisories and then mapping that with Google for inventory management. I asked about this on the Blogger Q&A I attended ...

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AlterPoint Fulfills Promise for Open Source Automated Network

... the Mozilla Public License (MPL) to offer an open framework for
multi-vendor network inventory management to help network administrators
and engineers, ...

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Operative and Rapt Inc. Announce Digital Media Integration Alliance

This alliance is focused on delivering solutions to help clients maximize
revenue and profitability through improved pricing practices, inventory
management ...

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SAP Expands Footprint to Meet Growing Demand for Mobile Business

SAP Mobile In-store Inventory Management is expected in Q3 2007. SAP
NetWeaver Mobile is planned to be available on a restricted basis in
November 2007. ...

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

IBS installs its Intelligent Inventory Management System - SHADOW

Intelligent Business Systems Pvt. Ltd. installs its Inventory management
system - "Shadow" for the Concern India Foundation in order to enable them
to ...

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entric Debuts Product Sourcing Application with Supplier

The goal, the solution provider said, is to help companies achieve revenue
increases, improved margins and optimized inventory management from sourced
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TnT Partners with Tele-Review to Expand Telecom Expense Management

TnT prides itself on taking inventory management deeper than other TEM
providers, realizing greater cost savings for our clients, and this
partnership will ...

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Centric Delivers Product Sourcing Application with Supplier

Companies achieve revenue increases, improved margins and optimized
inventory management from sourced programs. "For competitive success in
today's global

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Provance introduces new IT Asset Management solution for Microsoft

Provance introduces new IT Asset Management solution for Microsoft ...Canada NewsWire (press release) - Toronto,Ontario,CanadaProvance complements the inventory management, discovery and configurationmanagement capabilities of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager2007 and ...

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Supply Chain News: Key Trends in Sales and Operations Planning

Inventory Management Perspective: There is a growing interest in what issometimes called Sales, Inventory and Operation Planning (SIOP). ...

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Atlanta Mercedes Dealership to Adopt RFID at New Location

... integrated with MyDealerLot's hosted software and database application,
which provides inventory management, sales data, reporting and other
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Monday, July 16, 2007

Inventory Management Software

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Inventory management refers to the process of managing the stocks of finished products, semi-finished products and raw materials by a firm. Inventory management, if done properly, can bring down costs and increase the revenue of a firm. How much one should invest in inventory management? The answer to this question depends on the volume and value of inventory as a percentage of the total assets of a firm. The importance of inventory management varies according to industries. For example, an automobile dealer has very high inventories, sometimes as high as 50 per cent of the total assets, whereas in the hotel industry it may be as low as 2 to 5 per cent.

The process of inventory management is a continuous one and there are various kinds of solutions available. It is advisable to employ specialized staff for inventory management.

The inventory management process begins as soon as one has started production and ordered raw materials, semi-finished products or any other thing from a supplier. If you are a retailer, then this process begins as soon you have placed your first order with the wholesaler.

Once orders have been placed, there is generally a short period of time available to a firm to put an inventory management plan in place before the supplies are delivered. Inventory management helps a firm to decide in advance where these supplies should be stored. If a firm is getting supplies of small-sized goods, it may not be much of a problem to store them, but in the case of large goods, one has to be careful so that the warehousing space is optimally utilized.

From invoices to purchase orders, there is lot of paperwork and documentation involved in inventory management. Several software programs are available in market, which help in inventory management.


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Who Is ExchangeFrame?

By Matt Odom
Collectively, Predictix has over 100 work years of experience integrating the most complex

supply chain, inventory management, planning, forecasting, assortment and merchandising

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We get this question a lot. As a general philosophy, we believe that it matters less about who we are, and more about the value of the solutions we provide to you, our customers. Nonetheless, it’s still a fair question and we have a great story to tell, so here you go.

ExchangeFrame is a joint venture between Predictix (www.predictix.com) and some of the principal founders of Trafik tradeshow (www.trafiktradeshow.com ), where Predictix is the majority partner in the JV. Our team is a hybrid of some of the brightest minds in retail software and experts from the apparel industry.

Predictix is a fast growing specialty consulting and software company that solves challenging retail science problems for the most elite retailers in the world. With consultants and engineers based in the US and UK, they have worked with retailers on 4 continents, including major grocery retailers, fashion retailers, electronics retailers and more. Collectively, Predictix has over 100 work years of experience integrating the most complex supply chain, inventory management, planning, forecasting, assortment and merchandising systems on the planet. Some of the names on their client list include Office Depot, Best Buy, Kroger, Walgreens, Oracle, Michaels, Hugo Boss, Perry Ellis and more.

The Predictix core of scientists and engineers includes world class talent and some of the very brightest minds in retail software. In fact, many of the engineers on staff were instrumental in designing a significant portion of the Retek Predictive Analytic Stack which was bought by Oracle Retail in 2005 for $630M.

In 2005, Dan Caplin (a co-founder of Trafik Tradeshow) and I were having dinner and trading stories about our respective businesses (at the time, I was working for as a manager at Accenture, on assignment at the Retek Solution Center). Dan said that in hosting tradeshows for the apparel industry, he observed that the nature of the apparel industry was (and still is) largely paper based, from the paper line sheets to the actual order form. Certainly there was an opportunity to help his customers do business better.

Why not digitize the whole interaction and transaction and in doing so, help all players operate more efficiently, create a common platform for all, and ultimately promote more profitable business across the greater apparel industry? While Dan and his colleagues at Trafik had plenty of industry knowledge, could supply subject matter expertise, and provide access to potential users, they simply didn’t have the experience building retail technology platforms.

Enter Predictix. In early 2006, after leaving Accenture / Oracle Retail, I joined Predictix as Director of Operations. Predictix was growing fast and interested in solving interesting retail problems, so I took the idea for ExchangeFrame to Molham Aref, one of the co-founders of Predictix, and an idea started to take shape quickly. After a number of dinner meetings, mad scribbling on napkins, and laying out a business plan – ExchangeFrame was born. Together, the team of veteran retail software experts at Predictix and the contemporary fashion industry experts from Trafik would take ExchangeFrame from being an idea on a napkin to a fully formed company and software service with an immediate goal:

Provide a collaborative, web-based wholesale ordering platform to the boutique and midsized retail community, including retailers, brands, showrooms and tradeshows.

To read more about the birth and launch of ExchangeFrame, you can read a blog entry I wrote on my personal blog called “The 300 Day Gestation of ExchangeFrame”.

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Differentiation is the key to success in Multi-channel Retailing

By Deepak Sharma(Deepak Sharma)
Fulfilling 95% of online orders in 15 minutes requires each store to integrate its inventory

management system with that of the e-commerce site. Shoppers then can identify online items

in stock at their local store. ...

Internet Retailer is reporting on how retailers are trying to differentiate the buy online/pick up in store programs to stay ahead of the competition. Started in 1999 by Circuit City, the buy online/pickup in store program was quickly caught on by other retailers. Almost all big US retailers have this program today in one way or another. The strategies adopted by different retailers differ, while some are providing guarantee that the order will be ready for pick-up in less than 30 minutes, others have created strategies/campaigns to target consumers during holidays when time is of great essence to their customers. But all this differentiation is paying, as per CompUSA, "customers who buy online and pick up in store spend 35% more than customers who shop only in stores".

Circuit City stores offer one or both conveniences. Individual stores are provided the choice because Circuit City figures they play a key role in making the program work, Mendelsohn says. The retailer guarantees an item ordered online will be ready for pick-up at a designated store in 24 minutes. If not, the customer receives a $24 Circuit City gift card....

As competitors such as Circuit City enhanced their programs by guaranteeing fulfillment in a specified window, CompUSA began working to achieve fulfillment in 15 minutes. The benchmark was based on customer feedback and store data.

After stores demonstrated they could achieve at least a 95% success rate for fulfilling orders in the prescribed time, CompUSA launched its 15-minute guarantee in November 2006. Shoppers also have the option of picking up an online order later the same day or the following day. “We wanted to differentiate our program. The time guarantee and other pick-up options are a way to do that,” Hurlebaus says.

Fulfilling 95% of online orders in 15 minutes requires each store to integrate its inventory management system with that of the e-commerce site. Shoppers then can identify online items in stock at their local store. To improve customer satisfaction, CompUSA allows customers to search the inventory of stores within a 50-mile radius of a designated ZIP code to provide greater availability of products if a customer’s preferred store is out of stock. CompUSA uses an in-house order management system to link store and web site inventories......

“Offering in-store pick-up in most major categories, reserved parking spots, designated pick-up lines in stores, and in-store signage directing consumers to the pick-up area are points of differentiation from our competitors,” a Best Buy spokeswoman says. While competitors such as Circuit City and CompUSA offer some of these services, they do not offer all of them, she adds.

While providing extra service to online shoppers, in-store pick-up also leads to increased purchases, retailers say. CompUSA says customers who buy online and pick up in store spend 35% more than customers who shop only in stores. To encourage cross-channel shopping, CompUSA’s store associates suggest add-on items after a customer purchases something online and arrives for in-store pick-up; the retailer also prints in-store offers on pick-up receipts. “We have been very pleased with the results,” Hurlebaus says.

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Dual-Function Labels combine EAS and EPC functionality.

ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release) - New York,NY,USA
May 30, 2007 - Designed for security and inventory management applications,
Evolve(TM) dual-function EAS-EPC labels help retailers improve inventory
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May 30, 2007 - Designed for security and inventory management applications, Evolve(TM) dual-function EAS-EPC labels help retailers improve inventory visibility at case and item level. Integrated electronic article surveillance (EAS) and radio frequency identification (RFID) labeling products operate in UHF band of 860-960 MHz for traceability and 8.2 MHz for RF-EAS systems. Manufacturing process combines Gen 2-compliant product and EAS circuit compatible with existing systems.

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New Aberdeen Report Validates Key Trends in Operational Excellence

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Globalization, Automation of Inventory Management Processes and Trading
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Globalization, Automation of Inventory Management Processes and Trading
Partner Integration Identified as Top Initiatives

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Increasingly, global supply
chains and new customer-specific fulfillment mandates are driving companies
to embrace transformational initiatives for operational excellence,
according to a new Aberdeen Group benchmark study released this week
titled, "The Supply Chain Innovator's Technology Footprint 2007." Aberdeen
surveyed more than 200 enterprises for the study, which was partially
sponsored by E2open, the leading provider of supply chain management
software-as-a-service (SaaS) for visibility and control over global supply
networks. Aberdeen's key conclusions include:
-- Innovators are 1.5 times more likely than all others to indicate that
globalization is their top driver for supply chain improvements.
-- Inventory management is the top priority for companies, with nearly
two-thirds of respondents indicating that they are reevaluating their
inventory management processes and technologies.
-- Supply chain visibility is the number two priority for companies in
2007 (very closely behind inventory management).
-- Supply chain visibility is a top area of intention to adopt on-demand
applications.
-- Top areas where companies are embarking on short-term ROI projects in
2007 are inventory optimization (42 percent) and supply chain
visibility (38 percent).
-- Supplier enablement for trading partner integration is a top priority
for companies, with 67 percent identifying it as a technology priority.
This, in turn, is driving adoption of new supply chain processes and
technology. According to Aberdeen, five times as many companies plan to
spend more on new supply chain technology in 2007 than plan to spend less
compared to previous years. Aberdeen identified the types of supply chain
infrastructure areas that companies believe are most important for their
supply chain management technology roadmap:
-- Supply chain management exception and alerting platforms: 52 percent.
-- Master data management: 47 percent.
-- Business process management: 46 percent.
The study also identified several best-in-class companies that have
realized significant benefits from innovative supply chain processes and
technologies. One such company, E2open customer Seagate Technology, was
identified as a leading adopter of flexible supply chain applications.
"Aberdeen's research validates conclusions we've drawn from our
customer base that industry leaders are achieving operational excellence by
executing key supply chain transformation initiatives, such as
globalization, lean demand-driven, low cost country-based sourcing,
outsourced manufacturing, process automation and trading partner
integration," said Lorenzo Martinelli, senior vice president, E2open. "Our
proven speed of deployment provides our customers significant advantage
through accelerated return on investment."
"The Supply Chain Innovator's Technology Footprint 2007" is available
for download at
http://www.e2open.com/landing/aberdeen_research_seagate.php.
Additional information on supply chain trends and customer deployments
is available at http://resources.e2open.com.
About E2open, Inc.
E2open is the leading provider of supply chain management
software-as-a- service for visibility and control over global supply
networks. Industry leaders that power their supply chain with E2open
include The Boeing Company, Celestica, Hitachi, IBM, LG Electronics, LSI
Corporation, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), Motorola, Seagate
Technology, Spansion, Vodafone and Wistron. E2open's software-as-a-service
model offers faster payback, larger ROI and reduced risk while requiring
less IT and business resources. Over 15,000 companies worldwide currently
use E2open. Headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., E2open is a privately
held company.

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Re: RE: Re: Spare Parts Inventory Management

By Ravi Challa
Omi Kell, Can you elaborate on what the point is that you are trying to ma.


Can you elaborate on what the point is that you are trying to make?

Thank god!! you didnt say that since there are too many types of spare
parts...lol


On 4/8/07, Omi Kell via erp-projectmanagement wrote:
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> it's good to know when and what went wrong. But indeed, forensic evaluation
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> Spare parts are usually dealt with outside any other system than Excel,
> principally because there are as many style of managing spare parts as there
> are engineering department in the world.

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Indian Retailer Uses RFID on Garments

RFID Journal - Melville,NY,USA
Sakhi is also using an Orizin handheld RFID reader for item location and
inventory management in the store. Data is transferred, via a Wi-Fi
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By Claire Swedberg

April 4, 2007—Sakhi Enterprises, a women's clothing boutique in Bangalore, India, has begun tagging all of its garments for both inventory and security purposes. The retailer's system, installed in February by Orizin Technologies, includes item-level RFID tags, which are interrogated at the point of sale and then removed.

According to Prashant Agrawal, managing director of Orizin Technologies, the system reduces transaction times and speeds the stock-taking process, allowing the daily counting of thousands of items. It also improves security by sending an alert whenever a garment with a tag passes through a reader at the exit—an indication that a theft might be in progress.


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Orizin was established in 2005 by several alumni of the National Institute of Technology, Trichy. It has since installed, or is installing, RFID systems at libraries and retail stores in India, Agrawal says.

Sakhi came to Orizin in November 2005, seeking an automated solution for billing, inventory and merchandise security. "This system should be the latest," Agrawal says, "and should not have to be upgraded for another couple of years." Without RFID, he notes, "billing and stock verification using bar codes was a cumbersome and time-consuming process."

The RFID system Orizin set up includes a station consisting of a desktop RFID reader for tagging items and updating the prices. As items are received at the store, workers outfit them with 867 MHz RFID tags based on EPCglobal's second-generation Electronic Product Code standard. Relevant information, including pricing, materials, size and other information, is updated in a database and linked to the unique EPCs.

At the point of sale, the system also includes a "billing scanner," which sales clerks use in the purchasing process. "Items can be brought near to it," Agrawal explains, "and their information can be captured immediately, creating an invoice that can be automatically printed. Billing of hundreds of items can be generated in a minute."

As the items are billed, the tags are removed and can be reused. If any tag-bearing garment passes an RFID reader stationed at the door, the gate antennas will trigger an audible alarm, alerting staff. Sakhi is also using an Orizin handheld RFID reader for item location and inventory management in the store.

Data is transferred, via a Wi-Fi connection, from the desktop and handheld readers to a server. At the end of the day, the Orizin Web-based software package allows Sakhi to generate a stock list of mismatched or mislocated items, while also providing point-of-sale, security and database management. The data is then uploaded to a Web page hosted by Orizin, where Sakhi management can access daily, weekly and monthly sales figures, as well as data on fast-moving items, inventory details, cash collections and other statistics.

Agrawal says customer loyalty cards containing RFID tags will become available later this year. "The UHF cards will provide faster identification and quicker billing," he says. "In this way, regular customers need not take the pain of identifying themselves." In the future, Sakhi intends to tag clothing items sent out of the store for alterations. "We are planning to extend the usage of tags," he notes, "to work-in-process."

Stock verification, which Agrawal says was Sakhi's greatest concern, has now become automatic with the RFID system. "Everything is working well," he says, adding, "We have some minor issues with some materials, such as silk. RFID tags do not work well with silk items, which are heavily embossed with metallic zari [trim]. We are trying to solve this issue by trying different types of tags."

As Sakhi opens other stores in India, the company would like to deploy RFID in them, as well. "We partnered with Orizin to help better our understanding of the stock movement and, in the bargain, integrate security so as to ensure better control over the retail business," says Neeta Rajendran, Sakhi’s CEO. "The daily reports generated, together with improved and easy stock taking, render a complete solution. Going forward, we expect greater efficiency in stocking maintenance and intelligent management of the same."


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By Omi Kell
Though I'm agree the main goal of IT and engineering is to avoid downtime,

Though I'm agree the main goal of IT and engineering is to avoid downtime, it's good to know when and what went wrong. But indeed, forensic evaluation should not create lagging in the supply chain.

Spare parts are usually dealt with outside any other system than Excel, principally because there are as many style of managing spare parts as there are engineering department in the world.


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mini pecan & ameratti tartlets

By Gattina(Gattina)
I'ma squirrels, in the sense of inventory management! Yesterday I passed the pantry (with a

thread of intention things won't show up you know...), I spotted some unshelled nuts,

chestnut cream (be in next post), gourmet cookies... time ...

Around this time (early spring) of the year, in my yard I'll start to see hundreds of small holes on the ground. My husband said they're from squirrel digging, most probably looking for the food they hid during the winter. But the funny thing is, the squirrels can't remember where the food hidden, so they'd dig here and there. I'm a squirrel - manage inventory in the same manner. Yesterday I passed the pantry (with any trace of intention things won't show up you know...), I spotted some unshelled nuts, chestnut cream (be in the next post), gourmet cookies... time for clearance.

I'd continue to use a recipe from Flo Braker's. I've only read two of her cook books (published in the early 90) so far, quite technical, but not difficult. She's been teaching for so many years, she knows what make us stupid; she'd take us away from there to the next level. Leading us to next level is not a thing I find in some celebrity chefs nowaday, in my opinions.

Recipe: (yield 10 - 12 mini tartlets)

Filling recipe: I took this recipe as reference, and scaled down. Since I aimed for paste-like consistency, so I gounded the pecans, reduced a bit of sugar and replaced with a handful of amaretti, fine crumble. Plus some halved pecan as garnish.

Tartlet pastry dough's recipe: *adapted from Sweet Miniatures by Flo Braker*

* 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
* a pinch of salt
* 1/8 cup + 1 tsp sugar
* 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, chilled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
* 1 small egg
* 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

* In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine flour, salt and sugar. Drop in butter slices, use a pastry blend to cut them into flour mixture until they have the consistency of very coarse cornmeal.
* Whisk the egg and vanilla, add into the flour mixture, slightly knead as needed until the dough is formed.
* This step I'm very different from Flo's. She'd just pinch out some dough and press into tins. But I wrapped the dough, send it to fridge to rest for an hour. Then roll it to a 1/8-inch-thick flat sheet (in between rollings, sending back to chill and rest is required). Cut out the round circles and place them into pre-greased and pre-floured mini tart tray. *
* Pre-heat oven to 350F.
* Spoon the filling into tart dough, top with a halved pecan. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until light golden. When the tray is cool enough to touch, unmold, let the tartlets cool completely on rack.

Flo's note: either method you use to shape the dough, please complete one task before beginning another, e.g., first to complete pinching out all the individual dough (my way would be cutting all circles out), second, rolling all the doughs as a ball (N/A to mine), then finally to proceed shaping the dough to ensure it distributes evenly. Handling one movement at a time is easier and faster. You discover you own rhythm from the repetition.


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Learn More About Warehouse Inventory Management

You want to learn more about warehouse inventory management but don’t
know You’ve been working in warehouse inventory management for awhile, but you are still using all the tactics employed by the previous manager and aren’t sure that these techniques are the most effective solution for your particular industry or application. You want to learn more about warehouse inventory management but don’t know where to begin. There are plenty of sources to consult, if you just know where to look.

Training Courses

If you are truly concerned that your knowledge of warehouse inventory management is insufficient, you can attend training courses at technical colleges or even through continuing education at a university that will help you step through the processes of inventory management that make your job easier and your department more efficient. These are in depth courses that look into the core of inventory management and will run through the processes from beginning to end.

Seminars

If you feel that you are comfortable with the processes of warehouse inventory management but simply need to find more effective techniques to sail a smoother course along the way, you may want to attend inventory management seminars. At these one or two day training courses, the instructor assumes you are familiar with how inventory management is accomplished and simply provides you with additional information regarding the use of tools and techniques that will make you a better manager and increase revenues for your department.

Resources

You can also consult materials on the web and in books and other industrial publications that provide detailed information on simplifying your warehouse inventory management process. Various websites and publications can provide information on the latest innovations in inventory management software, and books have compiled years of experience and tips from a variety of sources that could give you a better idea of how to deal with your own process.

Management Services

If you think you’ve determined the best processes to implement into your warehouse inventory management system but have a mess on your hands or aren’t sure where to begin, you can hire an inventory management company to come in and reorganize your inventory, take a fresh count, and implement the processes you want to efficiently control your inventory. They will even help you set up a software system and train you on its functionality, providing the necessary tools and knowledge for you to maintain control.

Whichever process you decide on, you will ultimately succeed by gaining additional knowledge on the warehouse inventory management process. Knowledge is power, so the more you learn the more successful you’ll be.


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Inventory management refers to the process of managing the stocks of finished products, semi-finished products and raw materials by a firm. Inventory management, if done properly, can bring down costs and increase the revenue of a firm.
How much one should invest in inventory management? The answer to this question depends on the volume and value of inventory as a percentage of the total assets of a firm. The importance of inventory management varies according to industries. For example, an automobile dealer has very high inventories, sometimes as high as 50 per cent of the total assets, whereas in the hotel industry it may be as low as 2 to 5 per cent.

The process of inventory management is a continuous one and there are various kinds of solutions available. It is advisable to employ specialized staff for inventory management.

The inventory management process begins as soon as one has started production and ordered raw materials, semi-finished products or any other thing from a supplier. If you are a retailer, then this process begins as soon you have placed your first order with the wholesaler.

Once orders have been placed, there is generally a short period of time available to a firm to put an inventory management plan in place before the supplies are delivered. Inventory management helps a firm to decide in advance where these supplies should be stored. If a firm is getting supplies of small-sized goods, it may not be much of a problem to store them, but in the case of large goods, one has to be careful so that the warehousing space is optimally utilized.

From invoices to purchase orders, there is lot of paperwork and documentation involved in inventory management. Several software programs are available in market, which help in inventory management.

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Logan Consulting assists clients in cost justifying, evaluating, selecting, and implementing Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). By applying the extensive knowledge and experience of our dedicated staff, the end-result of this process will be a functioning, value-adding MES that provides management with real-time, accurate data to improve the decision making process. The tangible results of this decision making process are:

* Improved customer service in terms or delivery and order status
* Decreased manufacturing cycle time
* Reduced manufacturing costs

Additionally, a properly selected and implemented MES will facilitate increased visibility and ownership on the shop floor while providing planning and scheduling with data crucial to the development of achievable production schedules.

As with any information system implementation, project "success" is ultimately determined by achieving these values and realizing a positive ROI. By retaining Logan Consulting and our proven manufacturing process, MES, and project management experience, you greatly improve your chances for "success" at a reasonable cost.

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* Implementation services focused on delivering value and addressing prioritized goals and opportunities
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The combination of Logan Consulting's services and the resulting successful MES implementation benefits our clients' bottom lines through improved decision making in the back office and more cost-effective use of manufacturing resources and assets on the shop floor.

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... Center for Inventory Management: http://www.inventorymanagement.com;
Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing International: http://www.cam-i.org

Logan Consulting assists clients in cost justifying, evaluating, selecting, and implementing Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). By applying the extensive knowledge and experience of our dedicated staff, the end-result of this process will be a functioning, value-adding MES that provides management with real-time, accurate data to improve the decision making process. The tangible results of this decision making process are:

* Improved customer service in terms or delivery and order status
* Decreased manufacturing cycle time
* Reduced manufacturing costs

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As with any information system implementation, project "success" is ultimately determined by achieving these values and realizing a positive ROI. By retaining Logan Consulting and our proven manufacturing process, MES, and project management experience, you greatly improve your chances for "success" at a reasonable cost.

Features

Logan Consulting services include the following proven features:

* Strategic IS Assessment services to ensure MES fits your companies IT strategy
* Cost Benefit Analysis methodology to ensure a profitable business case is made for the investment in MES software
* Proven MES evaluation and selection templates including RFI's, RFP's, and Functional Evaluations to ensure the package that best meets your needs and delivers against the profitable business case is chosen
* Implementation services focused on delivering value and addressing prioritized goals and opportunities
* A web-enabled GlobalToolkit used to manage project issues, actions, process, and procedures
* A searchable, web-enabled knowledge-base containing solutions from over 50 implementation projects

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The combination of Logan Consulting's services and the resulting successful MES implementation benefits our clients' bottom lines through improved decision making in the back office and more cost-effective use of manufacturing resources and assets on the shop floor.

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What is "Inventory Management" Inventory management is the active control
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The Stability of State Economies

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Explanations include better monetary policy, structural changes (such as improved inventory management, the decline of unionization, the redistribution of jobs from manufacturing to services, banking deregulation), and plain good luck, ...

In recent years, Fed Chairman Bernanke and other economists have been analyzing the causes of the increased stability in the U.S. economy, a phenomenon known as "The Great Moderation." Most of their analyses have focused on the national economy, noting that the fluctuations, or volatility, in GDP growth, employment growth and inflation have declined noticeably over the past 25 years or so. But a Philadelphia Fed economist, Jerry Carlino, recently wrote a paper that looks at the issue at the state level and finds that every state has shared in the decline in employment volatility.

Increased stability has numerous benefits for both households and businesses. When employment is growing at more stable rates, people can be more certain of their job prospects, which makes it easier to decide whether to buy a new car, for example. Similarly, businesses have an easier time deciding whether to invest in new machinery when they can be more certain about the state of the economy. In turn, better decision-making by people and businesses can minimize the potential waste in the economy created by bankruptcies and other problems that can arise when people make decisions that turn out poorly.

Comparing the average volatility (measured in Carlino’s paper as the standard deviation of quarterly changes in employment) before and after 1984, Carlino’s results show that the states of the Seventh District all had declines that ranked in the top half of all U.S. states. Michigan ranked 2nd with a 63.6% drop in volatility, Indiana 4th with 57.1%, Wisconsin 8th with 52.5%, Iowa 16th with 45.3%, and Illinois 20th with 42.7%.

The following graph illustrates how the volatility in total employment has changed over time in each of the District states, converging toward the national average.



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One reason for the relatively bigger declines in employment volatility in the Midwest is our concentration in manufacturing and, specifically, our concentration in durable goods manufacturing. Carlino reports that volatility in U.S. factory employment was cut in half after 1984, whereas the declines in employment volatility in services were much smaller. And by my estimates, the volatility reduction in durable goods manufacturing employment was much sharper than that in nondurable goods.

As a result, Seventh District states ranked in the top half of all states in terms of the magnitude of the decline in manufacturing employment volatility. Michigan ranked 1st with a 66.3% drop, Indiana 3rd with 63.1%, Wisconsin 7th with 56.9%, Illinois 12th with 55.7%, and Iowa 22nd with 48.8%.

I’ve also looked at other state-level data series to see if they too reveal evidence of the Great Moderation. The quarterly changes in unemployment rates show similar reductions in volatility to those seen in employment (though the state-level unemployment data only go back to 1976). Real per capita income also shows a reduction in volatility, but the relative reductions are smaller.



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Interestingly, whereas the District’s concentration in durable goods manufacturing seemed to lead to larger reductions in volatility compared with other states, that is not the case with changes in unemployment rates and personal income. As shown in the following table, the Midwest states’ reductions in unemployment and income volatility were rather middling.


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Carlino notes that the economists who have been tracking the Great Moderation have proposed numerous reasons for the decline in volatility nationwide. Explanations include better monetary policy, structural changes (such as improved inventory management, the decline of unionization, the redistribution of jobs from manufacturing to services, banking deregulation), and plain good luck, in that the economy has not faced any significant crises like the oil embargo of the 1970s.

Regardless of the causes, it is clear that changes in employment and other variables are much more stable here in the Midwest than they were 25 years or so ago. Yet while lower volatility has its benefits, it does not uniformly deliver positive outcomes. Typically, volatility rises during a recession (as shown in the graphs above) then settles back down when the economy recovers and employment expands again.

However, that has not been the case in Michigan. Its volatility in all three variables increased during the 2001 recession and retreated since then, but the state economy has not recovered. Michigan's employment has been stabilizing around an average decline in jobs (-0.2 percent per quarter over the past five years). Its unemployment is high; in April the unemployment rate in Michigan was 7.1%, the highest in the nation. And per capita incomes in Michigan are stabilizing around slow growth of 0.1% per quarter, which is below the national average and among the slowest in the nation.

If you buy the assumption that the observed volatility affects the confidence of business and household decision-making, this means that Michiganders could be getting more certain that the local economy is heading in the wrong direction.

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Knowledge of online ad server systems and inventory management - 2-5 years' experience in an online media, marketing, or technology organization. Yahoo! Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. For more information or to search all of our ...

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The Internet is a big, busy place, and we at Yahoo! are proud to stand out in the crowd. As the world's number one Internet brand, servicing over a half billion people, we're determined to maintain our commitment to delivering news, entertainment, information and fun... each and every day.

In order to maintain our position as one of the world's most trafficked Internet destinations, we're always on the lookout for people with big ideas and big talent to help us provide our visitors with the innovative products and services they've come to expect from Yahoo!. We're looking for people like you.

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As Visual Designer-Developer, you will be dedicated to visualizing and prototyping these tools and experiences. Multifaceted projects will require you to tap a broad range of skills, encompassing web page design, web video, in-video advertising, editorial packaging, rich media promotional units, web widgets, and fully featured interactive content modules. You will work side-by-side with marketers, product managers, engineers, content editors, business strategists, data specialists, and external contractors. You must thrive on teamwork and collaboration, and enjoy serving as an advocate for innovation, experimentation, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Responsibilities:

In this unique role, you will:

- Design and prototype new online tools, promotions, and editorial packages
- Integrate front-end design and functionality with back-end web technologies such as xml feeds, content databases, and server-side scripted applications
- Work intensively with web video and emerging web video advertising technologies
- Visualize marketing and programming concepts to support early-stage discussions with potential brand and content partners
- Manage relationships with multiple vendors and contractors
- Stay abreast of emerging developments in the online media & marketing industries
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues in many disciplines from across the company
- Travel frequently between Santa Monica and Sunnyvale to collaborate with colleagues in both locations

Requirements:

- Strong conceptual and visual design skills; extensive web design experience
- Expert-level knowledge of Flash, JavaScript, CSS, DHTML, XML
- Proficiency with web video editing and related applications
- Strong project management skills; able to multitask and prioritize in a fluid, fast-changing environment
- High level of comfort working in cycles of rapid iteration, prototyping, and testing, often within short overall delivery timeframes
- Exceptional interpersonal skills; comfortable working with colleagues from any discipline or level of the organization
- Innovative, inquisitive, entrepreneurial spirit
- Passion for online media & marketing
- Willingness to travel as needed between Santa Monica and Sunnyvale offices
- Strong knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint
- Strong portfolio (please provide URLs).

Desired qualifications:

- Animation and/or motion design experience
- Knowledge of AJAX application development, PHP or other server-side scripting
- Experience working with a CMS and/or large online content databases
- Knowledge of online ad server systems and inventory management
- 2-5 years' experience in an online media, marketing, or technology organization

Yahoo! Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. For more information or to search all of our openings, please visit http://careers.yahoo.com

To apply for the Flach Designer role, please visit the following link:
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Accurate Inventory Maintenance for Manufacturing Efficiency

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ERP will also provide real-time visibility into inventoried parts, allowing more accurate inventory management decisions. In building efficiencies, an ERP software system will help in the overall maintenance of inventories by enabling ...

Of the many ways to maintain efficiencies in modern manufacturing, none is perhaps more underutilized than the keeping of accurate inventories. Perhaps, this is due to some ancient notion that inventory simply takes care of itself: Orders get taken, parts get ordered, parts get used in production, product leaves shop—and the cycle starts over anew. Perhaps accurate inventory maintenance is considered unnecessary, that there is little margin loss as a result of obsolescence or overstocking.

However, both considerations operate under the same single primary fallacy—that inventory is only an insignificant means to a production end where other factors such as labor and machinery are considered far more important manufacturing elements.Today, though, it is not enough to say that you have a great grasp on the scheduling and maintenance of men and machine on the shop floor. For, without proper inventory maintenance, no amount of efficiency in scheduling and direct-labor costing will prevent production delays due to something such as a lack of parts.

It is for this reason that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software systems have been developed. An intuitive and robust ERP software brings together a wealth of real-time shop floor data that includes the typical tools that keep an accurate accounting of inventory. Inventory control in ERP is designed to manage all inventory-related transactions. For example, using a graphical user interface on the shop floor, you can identify and track information for each standard part within the item master.

ERP will also provide real-time visibility into inventoried parts, allowing more accurate inventory management decisions. In building efficiencies, an ERP software system will help in the overall maintenance of inventories by enabling managers to make better inventory decisions—this, as a result of the performing of everyday tasks that before ERP took hours or even days to produce. However, now with the automated functions of ERP, and the access to real-time data, such tasks such as cycle counting take only minutes to generate a detailed material availability report.

The result of a fully integrated ERP software system is the enhancement of communication between all shop functions. This includes communication between shop floor personnel, sales order clerks, and inventory managers. That is to say, an intuitive and integrated ERP software will automatically tend to inventory maintenance through these on-line tools, with on-hand inventory levels being held at minimal volumes that take advantage of just-in-time (JIT) production mandates. In short, the keeping of accurate inventories helps keep obsolescence down, while at the same time producing automated purchasing when needed.

With so much riding on the maintenance of accurate inventories, it is a wonder that more attention is not given to its importance by manufacturers. Indeed, as waste is eliminated through every aspect of the job shop or make to order manufacturer, little is gained if inventories are not properly accounted for with great regularity. ERP software now allows inventory managers the means to, for once, incorporate the production levels taking place in other vital areas of the plant. As the plant speaks with one mind on the production line, inventory accounting then becomes that last piece in the puzzle where gains in efficiencies are made through the total integration of shop floor communication.

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Sockeye Supply Chain Introduces Allegro Suite

Sockeye Supply Chain has introduced its Allegro Suite with modules for inbound and outbound supply chain management, inventory management, demand management and supply chain event management. The new Allegro Suite provides enterprises ...

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Sockeye Supply Chain has introduced its Allegro Suite with modules for inbound and outbound supply chain management, inventory management, demand management and supply chain event management.

The new Allegro Suite provides enterprises with a range of supply chain management capabilities, including features to enable collaboration and inventory visibility.

The Allegro Suite is built on a service oriented architecture (SOA) platform and includes these modules:

Allegro Inbound - Sockeye's inbound supply chain planning module is focused on providing visibility and decision support to manage the replenishment of parts inventory from suppliers to manufacturers. It includes a dynamic replenishment feature that allows for the co-management of inventory levels by the supplier and manufacturer to dynamically address any inventory level discrepancies in real-time. Additionally, the module supports multiple replenishment methods based on the supplier/buyer relationship (e.g., strategic vs. non-strategic) and whether the part is critical/constrained or non-strategic.

Allegro Outbound - Sockeye's outbound supply chain planning module is focused on the planning and monitoring of finished goods inventory movement through the outbound supply chain. For operations planning, the outbound module allows creation of constraint-based production and shipment plans to synchronize supply and demand. For execution, the module provides the visibility and decision support to monitor and resolve problems caused by day-to-day disruptions to production, shipment and inventory plans, Sockeye said.

Allegro Inventory Management - Sockeye's inventory management module enables enterprises to generate inventory targets for any location in the inbound or outbound supply chain. The module supports multiple methods of generating inventory targets to support items in different stages of their lifecycle and different inventory management strategies.

Allegro Demand Management - Sockeye's demand management solution enables enterprises to generate forecasts for finished goods. The forecasts are used to drive operational planning of the outbound supply chain. The module also supports consensus forecasting to promote alignment between sales and operations.

Allegro SCEM - Sockeye said its supply chain event management (SCEM) module is a very flexible tool for addressing a wide range of time critical synchronization problems using real-time supply chain events, alert notification and problem ticketing.


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IBS installs its Intelligent Inventory Management System - SHADOW

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This Intelligent Inventory Management System provides small and medium
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IBS installs its Intelligent Inventory Management System – SHADOW - for The Concern India Foundation

Powerful and secure software enables SMEs to efficiently manage inventory

Mumbai, 14 June, 2007: Intelligent Business Systems (IBS), the Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Business Competitiveness Solutions firm, today announced the successful installation of “SHADOW”- the Intelligent Inventory Management System for The Concern India Foundation. This Intelligent Inventory Management System provides small and medium enterprises an efficient and secure way to manage their inventory. It is especially targeted at distributors, dealers, wholesalers, retailers, warehouse owners, traders and small scale manufacturers. SHADOW would also work well in shopping malls, large department stores, or even small shops keen to professionalise inventory handling.

SHADOW from Intelligent Business Systems (IBS) enables a high level of decision automation, which ensures that inventory control is optimised for a positive impact on the bottom line. This Inventory Management System, offers everything you need to manage your inventory efficiently and cost-effectively with assistance in the advance forecasting of sales, thus enabling effective inventory decisions on the basis of the probable lead time in obtaining items, and careful monitoring of dispatches in order to meet delivery deadlines—parameters that would be impossible to track manually with any reasonable degree of success.

SHADOW has been designed using modern, state-of-the-art approaches to inventory management, including just-in-time stocking principles backed by sophisticated analytics. Detailed descriptions of all items in inventory can be input, with multiple levels of categorisation. This software seamlessly manages the entire inventory cycle, from ordering and receipt of stock, through quality checks and storage, to queries on individual items, to packaging and dispatch, etc. A wide range of essential documents and reports can be generated whenever required, including purchase orders, invoices, product details, supplier details, stock summary and many more. Ancillary reports such as outward gate passes, packaging slips, courier slips and so on can also be produced on demand.

A unique feature of SHADOW is that date and time stamps are automatically affixed to every transaction, allowing for special analysis that can further streamline inventory control as well as serve as input for other systems, in order to determine load factors, cash flow constraints, personnel requirements, and so on. Special features such as customised inventory types, assembly line options, PDF format reports, end-to-end product tracking, and barcode reader interaction make SHADOW the most sophisticated inventory management system in its category. All the routine requirements of standard inventory management have been incorporated into SHADOW, and in addition it has several intelligent features for optimisation of inventory control.

“Using SHADOW one can make decisions for tweaking the supply chain as it provides all the statistical analysis one needs to optimise inventory management” said Dr Kaustubh Chokshi, CEO of Intelligent Business Systems. “SHADOW offers true business intelligence functionality, enabling users to create a real-time, onscreen “dashboard” display of the most important inventory-related parameters they wish to track or be alerted about.”

He added, “There are robust security features and usage logging in SHADOW to ensure that the safety and integrity of the data is maintained at all times. The automated backup ensures that recovery of data is simple and painless in the event of unexpected breakdowns or malfunctions.”

SHADOW is designed for small and medium enterprises with a turnover of up to Rs 100 crore and can be configured for multiple locations. SHADOW is completely scalable and can be upgraded for higher usage levels if required. Ease of use and complete flexibility have been among the key considerations in the design of SHADOW.

About Intelligent Business Systems (www.intelligentsystems.biz)

Intelligent Business Systems Pvt. Ltd. (IBS) is a futuristic and ultramodern company, providing innovative AI Enterprise Solutions and analytic applications for business, incorporating cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. Incorporated in the United Kingdom and recently expanded into India, the core competence of IBS lies in Artificial Intelligence, with a sharp focus in applying the latest AI models to intelligent business solutions customized to specific client needs.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sun touts Linux/Solaris inventory management

VNUNet.com - UK
Sun Microsystems today unveiled an inventory management offering that it
claims is the first to deliver one-click discovery across systems running
Solaris ...

Sun Microsystems today unveiled an inventory management offering that it claims is the first to deliver one-click discovery across systems running Solaris and Linux.

Sun Connection Inventory Channel is free for Sun customers and is designed to allow system administrators and IT operators to discover, organise and report on IT assets.

Customers can manage their IT assets by tracking critical information including product type, product version, licensing and registration status and support contract ID number.

"Sun is continuing to expand its offerings to help customers more efficiently manage their data centres," said Steve Wilson, vice president of connected systems at Sun.

"The Sun Connection Inventory Channel provides a simple, powerful way for customers to track, sort, search and group their IT assets and support contracts.

"Ultimately, by automating the process, customers are able to easily understand their assets and make better informed IT decisions for the future."

Many IT administrators have complex management mechanisms in place to benchmark the health and performance of their IT operations.

But often they do not have a single view of the software, systems and storage they have, or where these assets are running.

While some products offer partial automation, keeping track of inventory, managing new additions and tracking removals is difficult, error prone and often requires manual processing.


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Sun touts Linux/Solaris inventory management

iT News - Australia
By Clement James, 13 June 2007 17:44 AEST Security GLOBAL - Sun
Microsystems today unveiled an inventory management offering that it claims
is the first to ...

GLOBAL - Sun Microsystems today unveiled an inventory management offering that it claims is the first to deliver one-click discovery across systems running Solaris and Linux.

Sun Connection Inventory Channel is free for Sun customers and is designed to allow system administrators and IT operators to discover, organise and report on IT assets.

Customers can manage their IT assets by tracking critical information including product type, product version, licensing and registration status and support contract ID number.

"Sun is continuing to expand its offerings to help customers more efficiently manage their data centres," said Steve Wilson, vice president of connected systems at Sun.
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"The Sun Connection Inventory Channel provides a simple, powerful way for customers to track, sort, search and group their IT assets and support contracts.

"Ultimately, by automating the process, customers are able to easily understand their assets and make better informed IT decisions for the future."

Many IT administrators have complex management mechanisms in place to benchmark the health and performance of their IT operations.

But often they do not have a single view of the software, systems and storage they have, or where these assets are running.

While some products offer partial automation, keeping track of inventory, managing new additions and tracking removals is difficult, error prone and often requires manual processing.

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Sun Introduces New Offering To Simplify IT Inventory Management

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced the immediate availability of the Sun Connection Inventory Channel, a new, free offering for Sun customers that allows system administrators and I ...

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced the immediate availability of the Sun Connection Inventory Channel, a new, free offering for Sun customers that allows system administrators and IT operators to quickly and easily discover, organize and report on their IT assets. The first inventory management solution to deliver one-click discovery across systems running the Solaris Operating System (OS) and Linux, Sun Connection Inventory Channel enables customers to actively manage their IT assets and gain valuable insight into their IT operations by tracking critical information including product type, product version, licensing and registration status and support contract ID number.

"Sun is continuing to expand its offerings to help customers more efficiently manage their data centers," said Steve Wilson, vice president of Connected Systems, Sun Microsystems. "The Sun Connection Inventory Channel provides a simple, powerful way for customers to track, sort, search and group their IT assets and support contracts. Ultimately, by automating the process, customers are able to easily understand their assets and make better informed IT decisions for the future."

Many IT administrators have complex management mechanisms in place to benchmark the health and performance of their IT operations, but often do not have a single view of what software, systems and storage they have and where these assets are running. While some solutions offer partial automation, keeping track of inventory, managing new additions and tracking removals is difficult, error prone and often requires manual processing.

Sun Connection Inventory Channel provides a unified view of hardware and software assets via a dynamic Web-based user interface. Customers can quickly search through thousands of assets based on a combination of search criteria including host name, product type, product version, support contract ID number and custom, user-defined asset tags.

The Sun Connection Inventory Channel complements the existing Sun Connection Update and Provisioning Channels by providing a lightweight and cost-effective asset management solution on a heterogeneous platform. The Sun Connection Update Channel provides central patch management capabilities on multiple operating platforms. The Provisioning Channel allows customers to perform provisioning tasks such as copy and paste of existing system deployments to new systems running the Solaris OS, Red Hat or SUSE Linux. For more information about Sun Connection, please visit: http://www.sun.com/sunconnection

The Sun Connection Inventory Channel is available free to all customers, whether an enterprise has purchased a high-end UltraSPARC-based server or a start-up has downloaded the Solaris OS for free. Access to the new channel is available at: http://sunconnection.sun.com/inventory

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

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Our Honeymoon with Walmart and China

By RussWilcox(RussWilcox)
The predisposition of Walmart to resell so many items from China, compared with their low profit margins and their incredibly efficient inventory-management system are what makes Walmart so successful, and its customers flocking back. ...

Even though many Americans experience a pang of angst when shopping at Walmart, knowing that many of the items we buy there, like televisions, toys and clothing, are made in China, and we would rather be supporting American companies with our purchases, still the lure of unbelievably low prices cannot be overcome. I know; I just bought a 32” HDTV set there for $498.

The predisposition of Walmart to resell so many items from China, together with their low profit margins and their incredibly efficient inventory-management system are what makes Walmart so successful, and its customers flocking back. A problem is beginning to emerge, however, as we learn that some of the consumables from China contain poisonous materials, and that China’s inspection systems and concerns are laughable.

These problems first showed up in pet food, and the inquiries triggered by the pet food tragedies have turned up case after case of deaths and illnesses of human beings in other countries due to the consumption of Chinese products.

In our e-mail group we are fortunate to have John E. Carey, a retired naval officer who also writes extensively, and who has looked into this problem:

China Killed Your Dog; Now You and Your Kids are at Risk Too
Fixing a corrupt system with up to 1 billion players

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
June 14, 2007

On April 1 of this year I wrote a commentary essay under the headline “China Killed Your Dog.” I said at the time that the mainstream media seemed to be brushing this story under the carpet.

The red meat of “China Killed Your Dog” is this: Chinese food manufacturers use all kinds of inexpensive products as filler and other agents in things like pet food, soy sauce, toothpaste and chewing gum.

The pet food was largely poisoned by a product called melamine, which is used in fertilizer and plastics, mixed with wheat glutin. Using this formula, Chinese manufacturers reduced production costs while still charging cutomers top dollar: as if beef had been used in the pet food.

Melamine is a prohibited substance in American pet food according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, melamine is a widely accepted fertilizer in China. And farmers mix it into livestock feed, pet food and other products because it is plentiful, inexpensive and usually undetected.

When the New York Times reporters in China followed up on this story, they asked some farmers why China couldn’t just stomp out those few using melamine. Farmers told them everyone used melamine this way since the 1950s. The use of melamine is not restricted to a few isolate production houses: it is everywhere in Chinese agriculture.

Since April, there have been several additional revelations about how China produces food and just about everything else. American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have been spot checking to see where Chinese manufacturers cut corners and endanger consumers.

What followed was a series of discoveries of wrong-doing on the part of Chinese manufacturers.

Cold medicine made in China killed 51 people in Panama. The product was found to contain glycerin.

Chinese toothpaste was found to contain diethylene glycol. This is a close relative to the anti-icing spray used on aircraft in winter time and it is know to be poisonous.

And yesterday the CPSC recalled Thomas Train pieces manufactured with lead paint.

The world has known that lead paint is toxic for decades.

Chinese officials made a great show of saying they would provide “100% inspection of all exports.” Of course this is a ridiculous and unworkable plan.

FDA and CPSC officials tried to explain to the Chinese of “building quality into the product from the start.”

This built-in quality idea, of course, came from Japanese auto makers. When Japan began to make higher quality cars than Detroit, Ford, GM and other manufacturers went to Japan to learn why. The Detroit auto men claimed to have the best post production quality inspection and control system on earth. The Japanese said they had very limited post production inspection. The Japanese built the quality in from the start.

This concept horrifies the Chinese. With a population of 1.3 billion and at least 700 million people (China has 200 million migrant workers alone) involved in product production, manufacturing and agriculture; how can China rapidly change the manufacturing culture?

They cannot. This is why the “Culture of Corruption” is of such concern.

China can't just paper over this problem the way it usually does during any crisis. No charm offenive will work. China has to start to turn the ship of state toward honest and integrity or its economy will suffer. This thaght must be a nightmare for Chinese leadership. John. E. Carey

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Dungeons & Dragons Board Game - Another HeroQuest?

By jbuergel
Most of the truly difficult decisions in the game will be equipment related, and inventory management is significant. I like it, but some might feel confined by the fairly low carrying capacities. Traps also bear mentioning. ...

When I heard that there was a new dungeon crawler that had been put out in Europe but not here in the States, I made sure to put it on my list of things to pick up when I was there a couple years back. I managed to track down a copy in Oxford along with the first expansion, and later picked up the second expansion from Paizo. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, really, other than it was likely to be fairly simple as a Parker Brothers game. But I'll buy essentially any dungeon crawling game, and it's a decent entry, although it's certainly not groundbreaking.

The Presentation

The D&D Adventure Board Game (D&D through the rest of these rules) comes in a largish box featuring a custom molded plastic tray featuring fake stone texture. Swanky! It's a pretty nice production, including 40 miniatures of OK quality - not as nice as those with Descent or the Games Workshop games, about on par with HeroQuest - 5 double-sided 11x11 game boards, several decks of cards (the usual item and monster cards along with some initiative cards), an assortment of card stock tokens featuring some stand-up terrain (pillars and trees), doors that lay flat and various status markers and 10 special dice. The special dice are quite nice, with painted grooves and clear icons. The game also includes the usual rule book and adventure book, the latter feature 11 adventures across three player levels. It's a nice production, and for the money I paid for it, quite a good value. In the States, where you have to pay to import it (if you can find it at all), the cost starts climbing up pretty high. There aren't really any areas of the production I can point to as being poor, the only thing I'd point out is that the miniatures are not extremely detailed. This doesn't really bother me much, but skilled miniature painters might get frustrated.

The Basics

As with its closest relative, HeroQuest, the players always play the same four heroes, so if you play with fewer than four hero players, somebody will have to double up. Someone must also play the GM, here called the Dungeon Master in grand D&D tradition. The game tries its best to stick to D&D terminology, which is nice, I suppose, even if the game has nothing to do with D20 mechanics. The four characters are familiar to anyone who has read the examples in the RPG books: Regdar the human fighter, Lidda the halfling rogue, Jozan the human cleric and Mialee the elven wizard. Each character is represented by a large player card, which has all their stats and a little piece of background printed on it. Around the edge of the card, it also lists your limits on equipment, which is handy, and they also differ amongst the characters, which is interesting. Each character has movement allowance, armor class, carrying capacity and hit points. The spell casters also have spell points.

The players are placed onto the game board, which is dictated by the particular adventure, and someone is nominated to open the door. Whenever a door is opened, the GM deals out the initiative cards, one to each hero and one to themselves. The GM also lays out the revealed room. The players and GM now take their turns in order of the initiative cards, which will change each time a door is opened. By having the GM go possibly in the middle of the heroes, it lends a little bit of uncertainty to how things will go, since the initiative cards are not revealed until it is your turn to take an action (of course, the surprise only lasts for one round). A player turn permits the player to take two actions with their hero, in any order: movement, opening a door, combat, opening a chest, changing an item or taking a special action (casting spells, disarming traps, turning undead, etc). Allowing the players to take any two actions gives them a fair bit of flexibility. Combat is simple, with the player just rolling the dice listed on their character card, totalling up the swords and subtracting the target's armor. The human fighter gets a bonus to his combat, but that's about it.

Spell casting is pretty simple as well. The characters start with certain spells, and they can acquire new spells during their adventure. However, they can only have a limited number equipped and available for use at any time. Each spell cast costs a certain number of spell points, and the spell points only come back when using particular weapons (and rolling particular results). It can be a slow process, regaining spell points, so you do find yourself being careful about when it's right to cast them. You also find yourself really considering whether to equip a more powerful (but more expensive) spell. It's a simple system, but it works well, and the spell points do keep the powerful spells in check.

Monsters, during the GM turn, get one move and one attack. They cannot take a double attack, so they're more limited than the players. Their attacks work the same basic way, and they can make decent headway against the heroes, even the weaker monsters. The game does a nice job of making sure the heroes never feel invulnerable. The other well done part of the basics is that carrying capacities are very limited. When you find new gear, you have to decide if anybody wants it, and frequently it's not an obvious choice. That weapon might have a good power attack, but it's risky, or you could go with this one which will be more consistent but less powerful on average. That spell is more powerful, but it's expensive, so maybe you're better off sticking with the cheap spell. And so on. Most of the truly difficult decisions in the game will be equipment related, and inventory management is significant. I like it, but some might feel confined by the fairly low carrying capacities.

Traps also bear mentioning. Traps can pop up all over the place, and the rogue can find and disarm them. When combat is going on, players might blunder into traps, but once combat is over, there's no time pressure to get them moving. A careful party will therefore be very cautious and investigate for traps carefully. They can get a result that stops them from searching further, forcing another character to have to swap in. It's all kind of tedious, really. I would sometimes just tell the players where the traps were after combat is over, rather than watch them shuffle characters around and search really carefully. Of course, sometimes I'd let them go through the process, because every now and again they'd screw it up and fall in a pit, which is always fun.

The Campaign

Unlike HeroQuest, characters do improve in this game. There are three player levels available, which give the characters more hit points, spell points and access to better loot and spells. You can also start out a character at levels two or three if you need a replacement for a dead character or want to start the campaign in the middle. You also carry over your treasures from adventure to adventure. It's a very simple system, but it is nice that you'll see different stuff as things move along, and it does give some continuity to things. I like this campaign system better than the one in HeroQuest, where you only carry over treasure.

The Good

It's a decent production, and the rules are simple and straightforward. The initiative card mechanic is interesting, the spell system gives good results with a surprising amount of balance, and the encumbrance rules are very effective for forcing some difficult decisions. The players are usually in actual danger even from the weak monsters, and it's nice that they threw in a campaign system, even in a simple way. The geomorphic board provides a decent number of layouts for the dungeon. The action system has reasonable flexibility, and the special actions for each character give good differentiation.

The Bad

The combat system is very basic, and is probably the weakest part of the system. Beyond the decision of what to carry and what spells to cast, the decision on how to fight monsters is pretty obvious. Dealing with traps is tedious, and the campaign runs out of steam fairly quickly and doesn't have a lot of replay value. It's hard to find here in the States, although that's more of a local problem.

A Word about Expansions

There have been two boxed expansions published for this game, one a winter adventures and one an outdoors one. Each comes with a new character (the barbarian and druid, respectively), some new board sections, monster, cards and a new campaign. Both are pretty well done, and good expansions to get if you like the base game, and they'll extend your enjoyment of the game.

Conclusion

In terms of complexity, this is very much like HeroQuest. The mechanics are similarly simple, and they work well at creating a good hack-and-slash type of environment. There are some nice touches in the system, and overall I'd say there are probably a few more interesting decisions going on here than there are in HeroQuest. It's also probably more challenging for the players, meaning it's probably a better choice for slightly older gamers than HeroQuest (although it's still going to appeal more to younger folks than to older folks). Like that game, though, you have to approach D&D on its own terms. It's not a sophisticated game with a lot of agonizing decisions. It's not really a competitive game, like Descent, where the GM is really out to get you. If you're looking for a simple, cooperative dungeon crawler, and desire atmosphere and hacking more than a really advanced game system, this is a good choice. I'd say that purely on the contents of the basic boxes, I like D&D slightly more as a game than HeroQuest, nostalgia for the latter (and awesome furniture!) notwithstanding. But, that leaves out the very strong HeroQuest community online. If you had to pick only one, HeroQuest is probably a better choice, given the wealth of supporting material you can find online. If you're in the mood for something similar but different, it's a nice change of pace, and if for some reason you run across D&D and not HeroQuest, you won't regret D&D as an alternative. A good, solid, simple dungeon crawler.

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Section Manager II/III - Inventory Management

CA-Orange County, SECTION MANAGER II/III - Inventory Management Contracts Administration & Materials Management (CAMM) OCTA The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the county's primary transportation agenc.

OCTA

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the county’s primary transportation agency. OCTA creates funds and delivers efficient transportation for Orange County. We keep Orange County moving with extensive bus and Para transit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, motorist services and freeway, street and road improvement projects. For all of the exceptional services that we provide, OCTA has received the 2005 Outstanding Transportation System Achievement Award from the American Public Transportation Association.





The Position

Manage the Material management function and inventory control processes including but not limited to the planning, organization, warehousing, replenishing, and surplusing cycles for inventory of part and material, as well as warranty programs for vehicles, parts and equipment in compliance with the Agency’s procedures and safety standards.

This position will also supervise the activities at our three operating facilities.





The Ideal Candidate

Knowledge of principles and materials management, inventory control, accounting, warehouse, with progressive management experience with emphasis to negotiate contracts and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.





Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in public/business administration, Logistics or related field with approximately five to nine years of progressively responsible experience in a inventory management, warehouse and four years supervision preferably in a union environment. APICS Certification is preferred.







Compensation and Benefits

The Authority has a comprehensive management salary and benefits plan designed to recognize and reward outstanding performance. The specific features of the program include:



* Salary:

Section Manager II $64,688 - $99,112 per year depending on qualifications.

Section Manager III $72,737 - $111,009 per year depending on qualifications.



* Retirement:

Employees do not pay into the Social Security system, except for 1.45 of gross

Income, which is paid into the Medicare portion of Social Security. Instead, contributions are made to the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) each pay period. OCTA makes a contribution on your behalf and a contribution on the Authority’s behalf. Employees are eligible to retire at age fifty and after completing ten yeas of service.



* Deferred Compensation Plan:

The 457 (b) Deferred compensation Plan provides you with the opportunity to invest a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis. OCTA will make a matching contribution of 1% of base pay after 5 years of service; 2% of base pay for employees with 10 or more years of service; and 3% of base pay for employees with 20 or more years of service.



* Vacation:

Two (2) weeks paid vacation during the first two years. Three (3) weeks paid vacation after two years. Four (4) weeks paid vacation after nine years.



* Holidays:

Eleven (11) paid holidays per year, which includes four (4) personal paid holidays.



* Sick leave:

Nine (9) days accrued per year increasing to twelve (12) days after three (3) years of service.



* Medical and Dental Insurance:

Medical—Choice of three plans (Kaiser HMO, CIGNA HMO and CIGNA OAP)

Dental—Choice of two plans (SmileSaver HMO and MetLife PPO Plan)

Vision—Choice of two plans (Vision Service Plan for CIGNA members and Kaiser for Kaiser Members)

Authority pays 80% or more of employee/dependent premium for medical/dental/vision coverage.





* Life Insurance:

Equivalent to two times the employee’s annual salary.



* Educational Reimbursement:

Up to $2,000 per year including reimbursement for textbook costs.



* Other Benefits:

- Deferred Compensation Plan

- Flexible Spending Accounts

- Alternative Workweek Schedules

- Computer Reimbursement

- Ergonomic/Wellness Programs

- Employee Assistance Program

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More libraries using RFID, says expert: http://www...

By Teresa Hartman(Teresa Hartman)
Looking at the NXP Semiconductors website, I found these articles on the same subject: no date - Complete inventory management for libraries

Complete inventory management for libraries

In today's fast moving world, existing systems for checking items in and out of libraries increasingly seem slow, labour intensive, inflexible and prone to inaccuracy. In contrast, RFID based systems improve convenience and flexibility for both the users and the library. Quicker and easier to operate, these systems enable improved inventory control; minimize losses via internal misplacement and theft; reduce manual work for library staff; and deliver better read rates and accuracy than traditional manual handling.

Offering a simple upgrade path for existing set-ups, I·CODE-based library schemes provide secure systems, allowing full traceability and an effective means of gathering data for total information management. They can also be easily installed and offer a wider range of functions. The inherent flexibility of I·CODE technology also allows several participating libraries to connect to a single external host system, enabling more sophisticated return and allocation schemes. At the same time, traditional readers' cards with magnetic stripe or bar-code can be replaced by I·CODE cards enabling fast and convenient identification of people borrowing books.

These systems work by fitting a smart label containing an I·CODE chip, each with its own unique serial number, to every item which can be borrowed or rented from the library. This can be a book, videotape, CD-ROM or DVD. Thus each item can be individually identified, while also storing basic data about the item such as the title, author and code.
Automated check in/out

Entry/exit gates installed with I·CODE readers can identify multiple books carried through the gate by a customer, thanks to I·CODE's anticollision feature. And for fully automated check in, users can simply return rented items to the system by dropping goods into a box, past a flap with a reader device. This automatically registers returned items and also updates the library's inventory status, providing fully automated inventory control. Borrowing books can also be automated in the same way, with registered users choosing items at an interactive screen at the checkout, which are then automatically delivered.
Fast item location

Another function made possible with RFID systems is fast and easy location of books. This can be achieved either by placing antennas on shelves to define their contents, or with a handheld proximity reader, and enables quick inventorying and the location of misplaced items - which can be a serious problem with an average of 200-300 thousand books per library.
Flexible return options

RFID systems allow 'mailboxes' to be located at convenient public places. These have access to a library's database so can register returned items automatically, update the library inventory and log the customer account. If several libraries are connected to the same system, this enables sophisticated inter-library item allocation schemes to be implemented.

All in all, I·CODE RFID systems enable major improvements across all library processes, increasing overall efficiency, raising customer convenience, comfort and flexibility, improving inventorying accuracy and reducing losses, as well as reducing mishandling by library personnel and providing better theft protection.

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SmartTurn and Boomi Make Software Integrations Affordable for All ...

Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
... need integration can subscribe to one complete solution which includes
connectivity to any application or data they require for inventory
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OAKLAND, Calif. & BERWYN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SmartTurn, the leading on-demand Inventory and Warehouse Management System provider, has partnered with Boomi, a leader in business integration software for small and mid-market (SMB) companies, to radically change enterprise software integration particularly for the under-served SMB market. The partnership will make it easy, affordable and quick for SMB companies to link any combination of software as a service (SaaS) and on-premise applications without the burden of installing software packages or hardware appliances.

For too long, integration has been the Achilles heel of enterprise software implementations because most require linking to legacy systems such as EDI, ERPs, or parcel and barcode packages, which can be timely and costly. SmartTurn™ Inventory and Warehouse Management System and Boomi On DemandSM partnership removes those barriers to adoption and provides a seamless option for integration that offers SMB customers better control and visibility into inventory operations.

When a customer deploys SmartTurn, the Boomi On Demand integration service enables them to link SmartTurn to other SaaS or on-premise applications within their organizations. This is accomplished without implementing a costly integration software platform or developing complex custom code, and is done easily over the Web.

Customers will have the opportunity to use several applications to solve specific business processes and have the freedom to mix and match best-of-breed solutions without being tied to one cumbersome, proprietary application. “Our partnership with Boomi reinforces our belief in the on-demand model and all the inherent values it provides,” said Jim Burleigh, General Manager, SmartTurn. “Savvy customers expect vendors to accommodate integrations and interoperability easily. And that is what the SmartTurn and Boomi partnership will offer.”

SmartTurn customers who need integration can subscribe to one complete solution which includes connectivity to any application or data they require for inventory management. The only requirement is the customer’s high-speed Internet access with no additional integration of hardware software, coding or training costs incurred.

With Boomi On Demand, companies can harness the convenience and availability of the Web to integrate applications – anytime, anywhere. Users can securely build, deploy and manage integrations directly from the Web using only a Web browser. Integrations are built visually with familiar point-and-click, drag-and-drop ease. No coding is required.

“Our partnership with SmartTurn will dramatically increase the availability of integration capabilities to all businesses,” said Bob Moul, President and CEO, Boomi. “SmartTurn and Boomi will make it very easy for customers to work with SaaS vendors and allow them to pay for only the connections and service levels they need, which is the best way to serve our market.”

About SmartTurn

SmartTurn™ Inventory and Warehouse Management System is the first true on-demand warehouse management system to provide enterprise class functionality at a fraction of the cost of traditional license and install software. SmartTurn provides real-time inventory visibility and control. The SmartTurn solution integrates ordering, receiving and shipping to streamline operations. SmartTurn is a division of Navis. For more information, visit www.smartturn.com or www.navis.com.

About Boomi

Boomi improves the efficiency and effectiveness of small and mid-sized businesses by enabling B2B, application and data integration in one easy-to-deploy, simple-to-use product. Boomi’s unique visual integration approach allows users to design and build powerful configurations to handle a broad range of integration needs with point-and-click, drag-and-drop ease. Boomi’s integration projects are up and running in weeks, not months, and do not require any programming resources. Backed by its extraordinary support services, customers quickly see the benefit of their investment in Boomi. For more information about Boomi, visit www.boomi.com.

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Park City Group Integrates Fresh Market Manager and ActionManager ...

Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
... promotion and pricing optimization, perpetual inventory management,
computer aided ordering, work flow and labor scheduling, paperless
documentation and ...

PARK CITY, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Park City Group, Inc. (OTCBB: PCYG), a leading provider of inventory and labor optimization solutions, today announced that a leading international retailer has begun integrating its Fresh Market Manager and ActionManager products to optimize assortment plans, labor and task schedules, manage shrink and stock-outs, and improve quality and freshness for consumers. While numerous convenience stores have integrated Park City Group’s primary products to improve their operations, this is the first time that a supermarket retailer has done so.

The integration of these two suites allows retailers to plan production and have the correct labor plan to insure product freshness thereby maximizing sales and profits from their perishable departments. This system provides a coordinated planning of resources to deliver consumers the right product, at the right price, at the right time. The combined effort marks the completion of the first truly end-to-end Fresh Item Management system in existence delivering capabilities for category management, production planning, forecasting, promotion and pricing optimization, perpetual inventory management, computer aided ordering, work flow and labor scheduling, paperless documentation and more.

Fresh Market Manager is a fully integrated management solution for bakery, deli, food service, meat, seafood, frozen, floral and produce departments. The product helps grocers to achieve improved economic performance by managing shrink (or waste) and stock-outs. FMM also involves suppliers through Supply Chain Profit Link to deliver sales data to both sides facilitating fact-based and profit-focused category review meetings.

Together with its ActionManager solutions, Park City Group delivers one of the most robust integrated business solutions available in the industry. The systems address operations management tasks including: item level category management, inventory and production planning, work flow, scheduling, forecasting, supply and ingredient ordering, producing sales reports/projections, administering skill tests, interviewing assistance, and assessing employee knowledge.

Speaking of the agreement, Randall K. Fields, Park City Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive, said, “Inventory and labor management are the two key controllables for optimizing profit in large, sophisticated supermarket operations. This particular customer has already seen phenomenal results from our Fresh Market Manager product. The integration of both of our primary product suites will yield results far beyond what we have already witnessed when either FMM or ActionManager are installed individually.”

About Park City Group

Park City Group, Inc. (OTCBB: PCYG) develops and markets patented computer software that helps its customers to increase their sales while reducing their inventory and labor costs -- the two largest, controllable expenses in the retail industry. The technology has its genesis in the operations of Mrs. Fields Cookies, co-founded by Randy Fields, chief executive officer of Park City Group. Industry-leading customers such as The Home Depot, Victoria’s Secret, The Limited, Anheuser Busch Entertainment and Tesco Lotus benefit from Park City Group software applications. To find out more about Park City Group, visit www.parkcitygroup.com.

Statements in this press release that relate to Park City Group’s future plans, objectives, expectations, performance, events and the like are forward-looking statements. Future events, risks and uncertainties, individually or in the aggregate, could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Those factors could include changes in economic conditions that may change demand for the Company’s products and services and other factors discussed in the “forward-looking information” section and the “risk factor” section of the management's discussion and analysis included in the Company’s report on Form 10-KSB/A for the year ended June 30, 2006 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This release is comprised of interrelated information that must be interpreted in the context of all of the information provided and care should be exercised not to consider portions of this release out of context. Park City Group uses paid services of investor relations organizations to promote the Company to the investment community. Investments in any company should be considered speculative and prior to acquisition, should be thoroughly researched. Park City Group does not intend to update these forward-looking statements prior to announcement of quarterly or annual results.

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Online Bookseller Gets Up To Par With 3PAR

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3PAR's virtualized storage platform supports Alibris' inventory management
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When a business depends on its ability to manage inventory, being limited by I/O is a bad place to be. So about a year ago, online bookseller Alibris set out to replace its storage infrastructure with one that could meet the high performance needs of the business while providing scalability and ease of management.

Today, the worldwide online exchange for sellers of more than 60 million used, new and out-of-print book, music and movie titles keeps business humming with 3PAR's InServ S800 Storage Server.

"We now have what we need to run our business," said Michael Schaffer, CTO of Emeryville, Calif.-based Alibris. "We have the ability to upgrade and we don't spend nearly as much time as we used to contemplating storage management."

3PAR's virtualized storage platform supports Alibris' inventory management system, retail Web site, search engine and e-commerce order processing system, all of which are based on multiple clustered Microsoft SQL Server databases.

Hitting a Storage Dead End

Founded in 1998, Alibris, with 65 employees, is a B2B and B2C company. On the business side, the company partners with thousands of independent sellers from 45 countries. Alibris partners include popular book sellers such as Barnes & Nobles, Borders and Amazon.com, to name a few. Consumers can also shop on Alibris.com Web sites.

The company's business model enables its business partners to re-price, add, remove and update inventory records around the clock. The timely updates keep automated partners at a competitive advantage. "At the time we sent out an RFP for a new storage system, 1 to 2 million changes were being made daily to our inventory system," said Schaffer.

Because the inventory system replicated to a half dozen database servers, the massive number of daily changes was bogging down system performance. "We were I/O bound on most of our major applications," Schaffer said.

The in-house designed SAN the company had in place at the time wasn't able to meet Alibris' capacity or performance requirements.

"About four years ago, we had the idea to build our own mini-SAN," said Schaffer. "However, the controllers didn't have the power to handle multiple hosts," largely in part because of the demands placed on the system. So in essence, what the company created was a direct-attached storage (DAS) architecture that created islands of lost storage and performance.

"Our storage environment behaved like one controller to one server, each with about 1 to 2 terabytes of storage. It was a dead-end situation," said Schaffer.

What the company needed to support current usage and future growth was a storage system with high performance, high availability, ease of management and strong support.

The Search Is On

About a year ago, Alibris sent out an RFP looking for a vendor solution that would meet its criteria and received responses from EMC, Network Appliance, IBM and 3PAR.

Company decision makers talked with all four vendors and saw demos from EMC, NetApp and 3PAR. "IBM was late to the game and was very similar to EMC," said Schaffer. However, only one vendor, 3PAR, allowed the prospective customer to mess with their storage, as Schaffer puts it.

"3PAR let us pull out cables, pull on the power supply, etc., because that's real world," he said.

The Alibris tech team liked what it saw and took the next step to have the storage solution installed in its environment for further testing. "We wanted to run tests to see if the numbers that 3PAR gave us held up," said Schaffer.

IT ran stress tests using its SQL databases, and while the system was hot, pulled out shelves of disks and nodes. "We discovered that 3PAR's claims about its product were true," he said.

There were several key features of the 3PAR InServ Storage Server product that Schaffer and his IT staff were particular impressed with: automated provisioning, management and load balancing of data center resources. "When my staff understood that we buy storage but they don't choose physical disks, they were definitely interested. All the management work that they were used to doing just went away."

At the end of the day, vendor selection came down to 3PAR and EMC, according to Schaffer. But while EMC had the performance, it didn't provide the ease of management that the 3PAR product offered.

Just in Time

Last July, Alibris signed the purchase order and wrote out the check to 3PAR. With August, the company's busy back-to-school month, just around the corner, the InServ S800 Storage Server was rushed into production. A 3PAR channel partner helped Alibris with the storage server installation. It took less than a day.

The company purchased the InServ S800 Storage Server, two controller nodes and 5 terabytes of disk, most of which was Fibre Channel.

Today, all of company's applications, except financials, have been migrated to the 3PAR storage. "We have plans to upgrade our general ledger, and when we do that we'll do the migration at the same time," said Schaffer.

Earlier this year, the company purchased an additional two nodes and 50 terabytes of raw storage and more near-line storage, giving it the ability to do tiered storage. The InServ S800 can handle up to eight nodes and up to 2,560 disk drives, according to the vendor.

Today, Alibris not only has the storage architecture that meets its business needs, but one that is easy on its IT staff of four. "Prior to getting the 3PAR solution, storage management could eat up as much as 75 percent of someone's time for a few weeks at a time. Now, only 15 percent of our system administrator's time is spent managing storage," said Schaffer.

The company also reports that it's seen more than a 300 percent increase in I/O workload and continues to meet service level requirements, even though the updates that Alibris business partners make to the inventory system on a daily basis have grown to 5 million changes per day.

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Retail Management: New West Technologies Counted Among Top

Retail Solutions Online (press release) - Erie,PA,USA
Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System and New West Technologies
Mobile Manager offers retailers a complete inventory management system that
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Recently, New West Technologies announced it has been selected as a finalist for Microsoft Corp.’s Partner of the Year Award in Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System. Winners for the 2007 Microsoft Partner Program Awards, which recognize top Microsoft Partners delivering market-leading, Microsoft-based solutions, will be announced July 11 in Denver, Colorado at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.

“New West is honored to be named as a finalist for Dynamics Point of Sale Solutions Partner of the Year. We are excited to be recognized for our achievements in developing Microsoft based retail solutions and hope to win for the second year in a row. Being one of Microsoft’s go-to partners is very rewarding and helps our team accomplish great things.” says New West Technologies President, Dan King.

Awards will be presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 1,800 entrants worldwide. The Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System Partner of the Year award recognizes a Partner who demonstrates excellence in delivering value to our mutual customers. This Partner is a champion in delivering solutions to delight their customers and drive their business productivity. They consistently exceed customer expectations and have earned great loyalty from their customers. This Partner demonstrates leadership within the Microsoft Point of Sale Partner community in terms of adding new customers, driving revenue growth and contributing to the overall success of the Partner community.

“We have a diverse and talented partner ecosystem that each year raises the bar in the design and deployment of customer solutions built on Microsoft technologies,” said Allison L. Watson, corporate vice president, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group. “We are pleased to recognize New West Technologies as one of our partners leading the field in this category.”

New West is an industry leader integrating retail POS software solutions and Microsoft Retail Management System (RMS). New West’s solution, Mobile Manager, adds the mobility component to Microsoft Dynamics RMS and POS, offering retailers a powerful tool to streamline business processes and efficiency, increase business intelligence and improve customer service all via a mobile hand held device.

Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System and New West Technologies Mobile Manager offers retailers a complete inventory management system that integrates with RMS, POS and New West’s Mobile Cashier.

New West Technologies Mobile Manager allows employees to use downtime to count inventory. When a customer comes in, the employee clicks “save” and picks up inventory counts at another time. No data is stored in the hardware device. A number of devices can be used in multiple locations – all communicating in real time. Devices are routed wirelessly to the company’s main server where the data is stored. If a device is lost, or damaged, no data is lost. With real time inventory management, retailers can have accurate inventory data, identify issues, and stock levels.

The Microsoft Partner Program Awards recognize Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

About New West Technologies
New West Technologies is an innovative leader integrating retail POS software solutions and Microsoft Retail Management System (RMS). New West Technologies customizes business solutions for its clients. Based in Portland, Oregon, New West Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with competencies in Mobility Solutions, ISV Software Solutions, Microsoft Business Solutions, and Networking Infrastructure Solutions, System Builder and information worker. For more information visit www.newestech.com

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eBay thinks outside with eBox

All of the functions on eBay, such as search and inventory management, will be accessible as services via application program interfaces (APIs). View: Full Story News source: News.com R ead full story...

eBay is rebuilding its technical infrastructure in a project that could lead to the e-commerce giant hosting applications from outsiders An initiative internally referred to as eBox calls for the company to rebuild the technical guts of its eBay com site as a series of modular services rather than a single unified application The idea is that internal engineers--and potentially outside developers--can use these services as building blocks to construct new applications said Eric Billingsley senior director of eBay Research Labs which is behind the initiative br br Billingsley is scheduled to outline the project which he refers to as an open platform on Tuesday afternoon at the eBay developers conference here In an interview with CNET News com on Monday he described the technology and the company s goals in undertaking the services-oriented architecture eBox aims to make it quicker to build applications by providing pre-built services that can be combined to create new applications without extensive coding All of the functions on eBay such as search and inventory management will be accessible as services via application program interfaces (APIs) br br img src= http www neowin net im ages icons viewicon gif border= 0 class= linked-image View a href= http news com com eBa y thinks outside with eBox 210 0-1032_3-6190508 html part=rss tag=2547-1_3-0-20 subj=news target= _blank Full Story a br img src= http www neowin net im ages icons souricon gif border= 0 class= linked-image News source a href= http news com com target= _blank News com a br br a href= http www neowin net i ndex php act=view id=40915 R ead full story a

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June News Letter

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