Business & Industry

Seamless Integration: The Key to e-CRM

Recent steps in technology have made electronic customer relationship management, or e-CRM, the ideal for online customer satisfaction. Essential to its achievement is the integration of customer "touch points". Electronic customer relationship management, or e-CRM, is the proverbial light at the end of the e-commerce tunnel. Using e-CRM, the ability to relay precise, up-to-date information to...

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Small Biz Girds for the Gridlock

The uncertain Presidency and close congressional margins spell trouble for reforms entrepreneurs want to see enacted. But staying with the status quo beats going on the defensive. The uncertain Presidency and close congressional margins spell trouble for reforms entrepreneurs want to see enacted. But staying with the status quo beats going on the defensive. From Business Week Online: Frontier -...

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Material Handling Suppliers Make it Easy to Keep You Moving -- 24/7

Whether you need bins, hoppers, filling machines, pallets or lift trucks, it's imperative that your materials can be moved, processed and delivered with little to no downtime. So, when you need it fast, consider using an online supplier -- it makes perfect sense. Whether you need replacement parts or equipment to implement modifications, ThomasRegional.com can help you find the right supplier for...

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When to Tax: A Closer Look at the Internet Tax Freedom Act

Did you know that the Internet Tax Freedom Act does not implicitly prohibit an Internet sales tax? Perhaps the confusion stems from state and federal governments' lack of consensus on the Act's provisions. It may come as a surprise to many that the current U.S. moratorium on Internet taxation does not actually ban taxes on goods sold over the Internet. The Internet Tax Freedom Act, as passed by...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

Check out which material handling industry events are headed your way. And, if you'd like to learn more about making developments in e-commerce work for your business, attend one of Thomas Regional's free upcoming seminars. ProMat 2001Organizer: Material Handling Industry of AmericaFebruary 12-15, 2001McCormick Place ComplexChicago, IL This international show will focus on productivity solutions...

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Visa Sets Security Compliance Deadline for Online Merchants

Fueled by recent assaults on high-profile e-commerce sites, Visa has imposed a May 1, 2001 deadline for merchant compliance to new security standards. Early compliance can help your business avoid the withdrawal of the company's services. In an attempt to bolster consumer confidence in e-commerce, Visa announced that it is putting into effect a series of security standards aimed at minimizing...

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Works Well with Others: Collaborative Robots Interacting on the Assembly Line

By combining human coordination and reaction speed with robotic precision, cobots are carving their own niche in the automotive industry and will soon be adopted by other industries. A common vision of the assembly line of the future is of a mechanical environment dominated by robots, with little or no room left to spare for the traditional line worker. Indeed, many companies today utilize fully...

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Moving Materials? How to Choose the Right Fixed Path

Conveyors, monorails and guided vehicles each present unique advantages to manufacturers who need to move materials along a fixed path. Which one works for your business? Manufacturers that need materials moved along fixed paths have several handling systems to choose from. Each of these has an advantage and is therefore preferred by one industrial customer over another. What follows is an...

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E-Business Fulfillment: Out With the Old and in With the New?

The rise of e-commerce has afforded buyers the ability to change the when, where and how they purchase. Striving to maintain current customers, web-based businesses are now being forced to evaluate both their supply-chain management and fulfillment practices. According to Forrester Research, one of the world's leading technology research firms, e-commerce is projected to grow from $657 billion in...

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One-Stop Distribution: The Clear Route to a Long-Term Customer

With the emergence of e-commerce, the material handling industry has experienced an evolving customer preference for distributors that satisfy all of their needs. Making the jump to being a one-stop provider may not be easy, but ultimately it can prove to be the most financially rewarding. With the accelerating speed of business, today's material handling customers are demanding the convenience...

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