The Rise of Barcode Scanners and How We Got Here

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Just take a look around anywhere you go and you’ll likely find barcode labels, with their narrow and wide parallel lines, mysterious digits and patterns made up of dots, squares and even hexagons, a very integral part of your life. They’re used to identify everything from products at a grocery store … [Read more...]

How An Online Dollar Store Can Use Supply Chain Control

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Visit any city and you’ll find, alongside pharmacies and big box chains and retail stores that specialize in a particular niche, the ubiquitous dollar store, selling seemingly every item under the sun for incredibly low prices. It’s one of the staples of the local and national economy.  Now it's … [Read more...]

Asset Management Horror Stories

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Do you know how much your assets are costing you? If you aren't using asset management tracking software, you probably don’t and it can be the start of your own asset management horror story. That’s because your business might be one of the 55 percent of small businesses that either use … [Read more...]

What is a Ghost Asset?

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A fixed asset is a long-term piece of property that is used in the production of income, such as office equipment, machinery, vehicles or real estate. Considering that fixed assets are normally some of the largest and most important investments a company makes, one would think that they would always … [Read more...]

Keeping our Protectors Protected With Asset Management

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The agenda for a recent city council meeting in Plano, TX included a resolution authorizing $362,246 in spending on helmets, plate carriers, and rifle-rated hard armor plates for the Plano Police Department. In Oxford, Al, the city recently approved $218,000 in spending for a Lenco Bearcat G-2 … [Read more...]

Do these 5 Things to Prevent Cybercrimes

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In 2015, we saw some of the most high-profile companies suffer costly cybercrimes, including the US Office of Personnel Management, U.S. health insurance firms Anthem and Premera, hotel chains Mandarin Oriental, Hilton and Trump Hotels, mobile and broadband firm TalkTalk, and Hong Kong-based … [Read more...]

4 Things Your Small Business Should Address in Your Threat Assessment

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“Retail loss prevention professionals have one of the hardest jobs in the industry, protecting their customers, employees and merchandise from the threat of harm and fraud.” National Retail Federation (NRF) President and CEO Matthew Shay said in response to the organization’s 2015 National Retail … [Read more...]

How Onboarding Can Improve Employee Retention

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Have you ever been in this situation: You take pain-staking measures to find the best qualified candidates for an open position at your company. Finally, after receiving scores of resumes and conducting too many interviews to count, you find and hire the person that best fits your company culture as … [Read more...]

How Small Businesses Can Work With Working Parents

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In just one moment, life changes. A baby is born, and nothing will ever be the same again. You are now a parent, but you are also a working professional. Juggling parenthood and a career is something parents have been trying to figure out for years. It’s also something employers have been trying to … [Read more...]

How Suppliers and Retailers Improve Supply Chain

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Most will agree that when there is cooperation between retailers and their suppliers, a more profitable and leaner supply chain is the result. Take these stats, for example: -Revenue has increased 3.7 percent for collaborative companies (Advantage Research, 2013). -An incremental profit of $7 … [Read more...]