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Love to Learn

July 12, 2016

I love to learn about learning!  What can I say?  Maybe I’m a geek or maybe I’m a mother of a child who struggles or maybe I’m still trying to understand my successes and failures in learning over the last 40+ years. Regardless, when it comes to books about of educational psychology and success, I can’t seem to get enough!  I guess it’s no wonder that I work as a trainer/content developer for Epicor.

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Reasons to Adopt SaaS ERP

July 11, 2016

The success of SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions such as  Epicor Cloud ERP among job shops and small to mid-sized manufacturers and distributors reflects a number of factors. Changes in the market itself are requiring more of smaller participants in supply chains. Communication requirements are more comprehensive; the need for greater efficiencies are more acute, stretching beyond the limits of the traditional point or homegrown solutions typically used by these smaller concerns.

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How ERP Can Help Fuel Your Growth

July 07, 2016

Business growth is a complex path that’s both full of promise and fraught with challenge. Recent global research  commissioned by Epicor and conducted by MORAR Consulting shows that while growth is a top objective that manufacturers expect to achieve, they’re concerned about their ability to manage it.

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Yes, I'm Silently Correcting Your Grammar

July 05, 2016

I'll start with a confession: I stole that title from a friend’s coffee mug. Regardless, for most writers this is a true statement. We have a tendency to correct people silently (sometimes out loud) because our brains are geared toward how words go together in the English language. However, even as writers we rely far too often on those handy grammar-checking tools; and they are not always right. They do not check for homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) or for words that you mistype but are still words (man instead of mane). I am a chronic re-reader for this very reason.

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Kroll International Drives Innovation to Maximize Warehouse Operations

June 30, 2016

Kroll International LLC, a leading wholesale-only distributor based in Michigan nabbed the award for Technology Innovator award during the annual Insights 2016 Customer Excellence Award held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kroll was selected for demonstrating how they’ve leveraged technology to drive innovation throughout their business to achieve measurable success.

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Connecting with Consumers through e-Storefronts: New Version of Epicor iNet eBusiness Suite Extends Retail Business

June 30, 2016

The number of consumers browsing and buying online will hit 270 million by 2020, as stated in a January, 2016 report from Forrester Research, titled "Brief: Digital Touchpoint Investment Significantly Influence US Retail Sales." The report also predicts online sales will grow by an average annual rate of 9.32% over the next five years.

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Improve Profitability with Customer Stratification

June 29, 2016

In his book, Islands of Profitability in a Sea of Red, author and senior lecturer at MIT Jonathan Byrnes argues that 40 percent of any business is typically unprofitable, and those losses are subsidized by the profits from the top 20-30 percent of your best customers. Understanding which customers are profitable—and why—can result in significant net profit growth for any business.

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In the Innovate-or-Die Business World, Your Future Depends on Engaging the Next-Gen Workforce

June 27, 2016

There’s a lot of buzz these days about innovation and with good reason -- innovation is the WOW that in comparison makes incremental growth seem a mere a whimper. Leading innovators can achieve both significant upside both financially and in competitive advantage.

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How to Deliver the Best Customer Experience to Enable Growth

June 22, 2016

In today’s highly competitive global marketplace, providing a great customer experience has never been more critical—both in terms of differentiating yourself from your competition and growing your business. In fact, one of the greatest indicators of your company’s future success today is your customers’ satisfaction levels. If your customers are happy, this naturally bodes well for business growth; however, you then have the added challenge of keeping them happy while you’re growing.

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Things I Must Remember

June 20, 2016

I do most of my teaching from a little office carved out of what would normally be a bay in my garage. It’s a humble place: cluttered, compact, with the advantage and disadvantage that everything I need and a good deal of what I don’t is within arm’s reach. In the winter it is heated by computers, lights and monitors. The same is true in the summer.

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Four Ways to Attract and Retain Millennials in the Distribution Industry

June 17, 2016

According to PwC, millennials are expected to account for 75% of the global workforce by 2025, yet in a recent study commissioned by Epicor and conducted by MORAR Consulting, only 19% of distribution business leaders said recruiting millennials was a "fairly significant" or "major" focus for their organizations. Top distributors know this problem can no longer be ignored – here are four strategies to ensure your organization is prepared for the future.

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Epicor Named Top Solutions Provider in Supply Chain Excellence List

June 14, 2016

Inbound Logistics has selected Epicor as one of the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers of 2016.  This year’s featured winners are underscored for leading the market in an array of innovative areas, such as supply chain management, cloud delivery, security, predictive analytics, customer relationship management, inventory management, and more.

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