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Distribution Software Guide - BSW Consulting

The annual Distribution Software Guide offers a simplified comparison matrix to help wholesalers find and compare software packages. The Guide features more than 20 companies that offer software solutions specific to wholesale distributing.


Microsoft MapPoint

Microsoft MapPoint is a versatile yet affordable software application that goes above and beyond performing the usual map program tasks such as plotting geographic locations, route planning and getting driving directions between two points.


Electronic Media

In today’s digital age, electronic media is replacing more traditional marketing methods. There are three forms, in particular, that wholesalers need to know about. They are E-mail Marketing, Wikis and Social Media. Understanding how to use them can improve your business’s bottom line. Here’s what you need to know.


Data Mining

By Catalina Correa, IFD

Data mining can be defined as the process of sorting through large quantities of data to identify patterns and trends. These patterns and trends can be collected, analyzed and used to make intelligent decisions pertaining to specific business scenarios.


Video Conferencing

By Joe Dishon, Syndicate Sales Inc.

Just a few short years ago the only people using video conferencing were very large companies. Today, everyone is doing it. They just don’t call it video conferencing. Today, you will hear terms like video chatting or Skyping just to name a few. To top it off, the cost is minimal and in some cases free. So, what is it and how does it work?


GPS & Mobile Tracking

By Eric McManis, Armellini Express Lines Inc.

Whether you’re tracking your fleet or tracking your dog, GPS systems are affordable, flexible, and invaluable to keeping your business on track.


Your Disaster Recovery Plan

By Joe Dishon, Syndicate Sales, Inc.

Do you need one? One word…YES! If you are in business today and want to remain in business following a major disaster, then you need to have a plan. What is it? A disaster recovery plan is exactly that. It is a plan that is developed and routinely maintained that documents all of the information you would need to recover from a major disaster.


There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Conversion

By Steve Epner, BSW Consulting

A conversion sounds simple enough. Spend some time training on a new system. Convert the master files in your spare time. Then "cut over" to the new system and turn the old one off. What is difficult about that? Plenty!


What Must You Do to Successfully Implement Your New System?

By Julie Wolfe, BSW Consulting

After selecting a computer system that meets your organization’s requirements, you must plan and schedule the resources necessary for a successful implementation.


E-mail Marketing Can Work for You if You Do it Right

There are many programs available that make this simple!


URL Extensions (.net, .biz, etc.) Can Protect Your Identity

If you decide to buy a domain name, or already have one, it is recommended that you also buy the same name as .net, .org, and .biz.

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