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Supplier Logistics Management (SLM) Part 2
Supplier Logistics Management (SLM) offers the opportunity for considerable improvement in efficiency as well as cost reductions. SLM enables companies and

b part 4  senior management the silver bullet they are looking for to minimize operational inefficiencies, reduce costs and gain a sustainable competitive advantage. This is Part Two of three-part note. Part One covered how Technology Enables Supplier Logistics Management. Parts Two and Three cover the Seven Fundamental Issues Targeted by Supplier Logistics Management. (1) Kraft In Sync with Shaw's Supermarkets' Consumer Goods Technology, Ralph Bernstein, June 2001 (2) Unexplainable Losses' Traffic World, John

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b part 4  market focus, which thereby became part of its identity and a key ingredient in its ability to deliver an even deeper vertical industry functionality. While specific astute modules within the IFS Applications Suite have contributed to IFS' success within certain verticals, one thing that IFS has long had going for it is its product architecture, which is highly component- and standards-based. Also recognizing its scalability limitation, in addition to the rigidity of its erstwhile two-tier client/server Read More

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b part 4  (SRP) Part Two: Overcoming Obstacles to Success Introduction In Part One of this article, the possibilities for The Secure Remote Password (SRP) in today's multi-channel world, specifically how it improves upon the inherent insecurity of password authentication was discussed. It holds great promise as a way to strongly authenticate a user without the usual risks of dictionary attack(s) faced by other password-based authentication schemes. Obstacles To Acceptance Smart Clients A smart' client is required Read More

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