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February 1, 2013

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Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
In order to survive, grow, and compete in the digital age, organizations need an ERP that is highly flexible and able to adapt. So, what are the tough platform questions you should ask yourself when shopping for an ERP?
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  • Hotel-retail mixed-use model is gaining developer interest
    More developers are looking into mixed-use projects combining hotels with retail centers as research found strong economic feasibility in the model, this article says. However, engaging in this type of operation requires that developers on the retail side of the enterprise be oriented toward issues and customs specific to the lodging industry. Hospitality Net (1/29) Email this Story
Without RFID, Inventory Accuracy is Poor
RFID gives brick-and-mortar retailers the data-driven insights that online retailers leverage every day. RFID-based inventory management delivers benefits to retailers, including significant revenue and gross margin uplift, enhanced customer service, confident omni-channel execution, and business insight from inventory analytics. Learn more in this free white paper.
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  • NRF: Consumers will spend to show the Valentine's Day love
    Collectively consumers will spend 5.7% more on Valentine's Day this year than last, and celebrants say they'll spend more on everyone from parents and children to teachers and pets, while spending a bit less on their significant others, according a survey from NRF and BIGinsight. "Valentine’s Day remains one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year, and although consumers will be conscientious with their spending, it’s great to see that millions of Americans are still looking forward to celebrating with their loved ones," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. MediaPost Communications (1/31), Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/31) Email this Story
  • Louis Vuitton scales back growth to regain luxury lustre
    Louis Vuitton will slow its global expansion plans and focus on promoting its high-end brands in an effort to keep the brand from losing its luxury cachet, said CEO Bernard Arnault. The brand, owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH, had been in expansion mode and now operates more than 460 stores in 50 countries. Reuters (1/31) Email this Story
Get with the flow. How payment processing affects cash flow.
Cash flow is the lubricant of business. Without a healthy cash flow, business dries up. It stops. It can't function. Which is why it is vital to keep the revenues coming in as the expenses go out. But there's one aspect of cash flow that many of us are not aware of. It is how managing credit cards and other such non-cash payments affect cash flow. Turns out it has a huge affect. Download the free guide today.
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  • How to pick the right productivity tools
    Technology can make you more productive, but it can also get in the way if you choose tools that are complicated or that don't really address your particular productivity problems, experts say. Any system should be flexible, easy to use and serve as your "road map" to help you "prioritize and re-prioritize on the fly," says Julie Morgenstern, author of "Time Management from the Inside Out." The Wall Street Journal (1/29) Email this Story
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  • Seminar: Debt Workouts, Institutional Funds & Repositioning of Challenged Assets
    ICSC is rolling out a seminar intended for owners who are facing maturing mortgage debt for a retail asset, and for other high-level professionals who represent the lender, a mortgage broker or deal in the debt markets. Regardless of whether the asset is challenged or not, a refinancing or restructuring of debt calls for special handling. More important, refinancing a challenged asset, one that produces insufficient funds from operations to cover its debt service, can be extremely difficult to assemble. This is the reason ICSC created this fast-moving one-and-a-half-day seminar conveniently located in Midtown New York City. The seminar sponsored by The Wall Street Journal will include formal presentations, discussions, case studies, course materials, breakfasts and lunches, a cocktail reception and an ICSC certificate of completion.

    For more information, visit Debt Workouts, Institutional Funds & Repositioning of Challenged Assets or contact ICSC's Manager of Education, Jason Barnhart, at 1-646-728-3468 or jbarnhart@icsc.org. Email this Story
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