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In a technology-saturated world, we've come to expect instant gratification from split-second texting, immediate answers from Google and speedy online shopping from home. Now manufacturers are at the mercy of the "right here, right now" impatience of consumers. A decade ago, waiting a week or longer for an order to arrive on the doorstep was par for the course, but today it seems downright archaic. Where is the real convenience in shopping online if shopping in person yields exponentially faster results? In response, same-day shipping is quickly becoming standard procedure. E-commerce titans Amazon and eBay are leading the charge by offering it -- and, increasingly, same-day delivery -- for much of their stock. As a result, manufacturers that sell their products online -- on sites like Amazon or their own -- are feeling the pressure to ship and deliver faster. For more on e-commerce Is e-commerce worth investing in? Small business look for e-commerce staff E-commerce a boon during holiday season In my recent SearchManufacturingERP.com story on boosting ... Access >>>
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Small businesses compete in e-commerce with same-day shipping
by Brenda Cole
Following mammoths like Amazon and eBay, smaller manufacturers are beginning to pack up their goods the day they're ordered. The industry might never be the same with same-day shipping.
Seeking treasure from social media tracking? Follow the customer
by Aaron Lester
Social media analytics tools can help companies dig into layers of online customer data in search of business gold. But a human touch is needed, too.
- Small businesses compete in e-commerce with same-day shipping by Brenda Cole
In-memory technology pushes analytics boundaries, boosts BI speeds
by Todd Morrison
In-memory appliances amp up business intelligence performance by moving processing off of disks. But cost and other issues need to be considered.
Mobile technology makes time management challenging
by Linda Rosencrance
Mobile technology has made it easier to solve problems at the office while we aren't at the office. But all that connectedness could mean more work and less play.
- In-memory technology pushes analytics boundaries, boosts BI speeds by Todd Morrison
The buzz: What are NoSQL databases?
by Jack Vaughan
Much fuss is made about these newcomers, but questions still arise. Mainly, they don't run on SQL, but that's not the full story.
Would-be Softie embraces another IT leadership path
by Mark Brunelli
He could have been part of Microsoft's meteoric rise in the 1980s, but Quintiles Inc. global IT director John Poonnen seized another day.
Windows 8 operating system a marked change in touchscreen environments
by Joshua Greenbaum
Move aside iOS: Windows 8 operating system could be what turns tablets and smartphones into serious business platforms.
Software lifecycle: App security still struggling to find a fit
by Jennifer Lent
For 10 years, application security has struggled find its place in the software lifecycle. We're still not there. Why has it taken so long?
- The buzz: What are NoSQL databases? by Jack Vaughan
Analytical modeling is both science and art
by Wayne Eckerson
Models are the key to predicting outcomes to business decisions. And while math may make them tick, it also takes a certain eye -- and ear -- for what works.
Too much business information? It's not a new problem
by Scot Petersen
The information "explosion" has brought the problem into sharper relief, but there has long been too much data. Sorting through it is the real issue.
- Analytical modeling is both science and art by Wayne Eckerson
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