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On the Line - Debbie Irwin

Debbie IrwinScott Koegler of talks with Debbie Irwin of Land-O-Lakes about her quest to find tools to manage data about the company's products.





On the Line - Sue Abrams

Sue AbramsScott Koegler, editor of talks with Sue Abrams about her quest to find tools to manage the transition of data between her ERP and GDSN repository.





Amazon Grows Up, Pays Use Tax

amazontaxOne of Amazon's advantages over physical retailers has been that its sales have largely been free of state sales tax. That just changed.


Trends in Play: Consumers Crave Convenience

money changing_handsWorldwide trends--toward convenience, rapid action, digital integration, and away from cash--in payment systems continue to play out in the latest news. Here are a few items that reinforce the movements "The Payoff" earlier described in more detail:


Powerful Players Persist in Promotion of Payment Projects

powerfulApple, Google, Sprint, Western Union, Visa: electronic wallets continue to attract investments from many of the world's largest and best-known companies.


M-payments will change sales in your stores

squareM-payment, procure-to-pay (P2P), and other emerging payment techniques "The Payoff" covers each week are often regarded in terms of cost savinglogistic compliance, and automation. Those are crucial benefits, of course, and the easiest to quantify. What's truly exciting about these opportunities, though, is the way they'll qualitatively change your customers' experience in your stores.


Cash and Checks on Way Out

dollar-flying-awayEvery day brings news of innovation in money and payments. Consider what turned up just since we reported on MasterCard's ambitions last week:


Mastercard Aggressive about Cashless

RFID-Credit-Card-Technology"Cashless society" means something different to law enforcement agencies, privacy advocates, consumer agencies, development consultants, retailers, and other constituencies. MasterCard has been in the news often lately, revealing what it thinks about the place of cash in a consumer society. Let's look at the evidence.


Payment automation and unintended consequences

payment"The Payoff" and, more generally, ec-bp, advocate automation and related supply-chain efficiencies; our general attitude is that "trimming the fat" is always a good thing. That's why we explain the latest techniques in EDI (electronic data interchange) and ERP (enterprise resource planning), and how to make the most of them.


Minors and M-Commerce: Court ruling will affect us all

Tablet-Commerce1Most readers work for bricks-and-mortar stores, or for the suppliers that feed these retail outlets. How much do on-line purchases matter to them? Plenty. It's not just that on-line activity pulls away revenue that might otherwise be yours; laws and regulations aimed at on-line shopping often impact consumer relations in physical operations.


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