Most merchants don't know how to read their merchant statements. With a little knowledge, merchants can learn how to reduce their processing costs by reducing costly errors by staff, and correct errors by processors.
Surveys show that most CFOs want to upgrade their role from accounting specialists to strategic or business partners. But few CFOs have actually made the change, primarily because they have neither the time nor the necessary capabilities within the current finance team. But for those who do make the change, the rewards are tangible. This chapter lays out a number of important steps that the CFO and the finance team need to take to position themselves as trusted and valued business partners within the organization.
What is a workload-optimized system? Simply put, it is one that matches architecture to the needs it is purchased for. Systems performance is no longer defined only by the fastest processor or other leading benchmarks, but rather by the ability to deploy new services faster, with higher quality, and within financial objectives. Commoditization has led some to think that financial objectives will lead to Intel-based systems for all uses. In this Advisory, we show that this is not the case, and by way of example, we demonstrate how Power Systems can be less expensive for ongoing operational costs and initial outlay.
A round-up of the most helpful ad extensions retailers can use to improve the reach of their Google paid search ads.
In an effort to walk the fine line between helping searchers find what they need and keeping advertisers happy, Google is constantly testing, innovating and rolling out new ways to present advertisements to online shoppers.
Published By: Salesforce
Published Date: Nov 19, 2015
In the next five years, more than $2 trillion is expected to transfer between generations. To capitalize on this massive redistribution of wealth, today’s financial advisors need to meet the demands of today’s clients who are social, mobile, more connected, better informed and looking to collaborate with their advisors when they want, where they want.
"Ever wonder how FICO Blaze Advisor moved a US Insurance Company from 100% manual to 99% automated underwriting?
FICO Blaze Advisor decision rules management system created a central, standardized and user friendly system for ACG Michigan"
A successful business case is one that enables your organisation’s business leaders to make the right decisionabout a Talent Analytics investment. In this report we highlight the key aspects you need to think about as you create your own business case for Talent Analytics, starting with getting a clear handle on why it is a worthwhile investment for your organisation, but also addressing considerations such as budget and resourcing concerns, how you can measure the success of your initiative and demonstrate ROI, and the major risks you need to bear in mind over the lifetime of the initiative.
Download this white paper to learn:
- How you can scale the expertise of your best agent using cognitive technology
- The 5-step process behind how Watson Engagement Advisor works
- What you can do to improve customer engagement
"Learn how you can reduce loan defects, improve data quality and simplify compliance in the mortgage lending process.
Co-presented with Craig Focardi, mortgage industry executive and technology advisor, this webinar provides insights into mortgage lending process challenges and how they impact experiences for lenders and borrowers, as well as the overall performance of the loan. The webinar also provides suggestions for reducing loan defects and strategies to correct them."
As e-commerce continues to grow at a remarkable rate of 24%, manufacturers are faced with what’s arguably the biggest challenge yet: How to create meaningful connections with consumers while simultaneously maintaining relationships with retailers and minimizing channel conflict. It may be new territory, but armed with the right knowledge and tools, it’s possible to create a successful mix of digital marketing, selling and fulfilling activities. In this white paper, we cover the four critical components that all brands should be watching, including:
- Relationships with retailers
- Connections with consumers
- The importance of quality of product content
- How to maximize sales on marketplaces
"If you’re an online retailer, you’re already familiar with the selling power of Amazon. With more than 310 million active user accounts and 44% of all online retail sales in the US going through the marketplace, this e-commerce giant’s influential position continues to expand.
But for brands and retailers that want to succeed on Amazon, simply listing your products on the site is not nearly enough. In addition to being proactive and up-to-date with Amazon’s ever-evolving trends and requirements, you must also take steps to ensure your products and brand stay one step ahead of competitors.
In this eBook, we’ll share some of the most important strategies that online retailers and manufacturing brands should employ to succeed on Amazon including how to optimize your search terms and listings, maximize your advertising options, keep your products competitive and more.
"With millions of sellers and billions of products to compete with on marketplaces, it’s easy to get buried in data every day — and still feel behind. And this is now true across almost all product verticals, as more and more niche categories become intense competitive battlegrounds.
Shoppers know they have multiple options for purchasing the same item, and it’s no longer your product descriptions and images alone that capture attention. If you want to consistently rise to the top of results, a structured pricing strategy is a must.
In this eBook, you’ll learn:
- Complications of marketplace pricing
- Benefits of strategic pricing
- Pricing best practices
- And more"
"Whether you call yourself a company, brand, brand manufacturer, manufacturer, wholesaler, branded manufacturer or one of the other myriad of categorizations out there, there’s never been a better time to focus on direct-to-consumer (D2C) marketplaces as part of your go-to market strategy. Some 60% of consumers are already visiting your website instead of your retailers’ sites, and more than half will opt to buy directly from brand manufacturers when given the option.
After years of relying on marketplaces to handle so many mission-critical activities, it can be challenging to build a successful D2C model that thoroughly addresses them all. This process will require a new way of thinking for you, a cultural shift for your employees and a lot of logistics for everyone involved.
But how can you know when it’s time to start selling on e-commerce marketplaces? While the benefits of transitioning to a D2C marketplace model are undeniable, it also requires a significant investment of time
FINANCIAL SERVICES’ HISTORY OF DISRUPTION
Financial Services is an industry driven by disruption. Transformative business models such as low-cost brokerages, innovative investment products like ETFs, and the huge regulatory mandates like Gramm-Leach-Bliley are but a few examples. Here are some others:
• New fintech firms such as a recent nine billion dollar investment in Ant Financial Services Group and myriad other venture capital-led fintech startups targeting well established segments across the financial services industry
• Robo-advisor services powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning intermediating financial advisors and portfolio managers alike
• Ever changing regulatory and risk management mandates, such as GDPR, Basel III, and Open Banking, transforming customer engagement and capital allocation
Read this whitepaper to learn how you can overcome these and other disruptions.
Companies are facing more complex challenges than ever, requiring a variety of disciplines to come together to set a future vision and strategy. Historically, says Alec Binder, director, advisory at KPMG, these challenges have been treated as technology problems that can be solved simply by buying a better platform or solution.
However, as explained in Part 1 of this series on KPMG’s Technology Strategy and Selection (TSS) framework, that outlook often does not drive the outcomes or the value that companies are expecting. For large transformations, a business-driven, technology-support effort is becoming an imperative, not a nice-to-have. The modular approach of the TSS framework allows for the right services and business ideas to be brought in seamlessly and holistically — toward setting a future vision and choosing technology that truly drives change.
Published By: ForUsAll
Published Date: Jun 18, 2018
The 401(k) market has rapidly changed.Is your plan up to date?
Since 2012, there have been significant changes in 401(k)s which have created new risks and opportunities for small and midsized business 401(k) plans. With this rapid pace of change, many business owners, and even some small advisors and recordkeepers have not been able to keep up. We’ll summarize both changes to the 401(k) industry and the opportunities that exist for you to improve your plan, specifically in the following 5 areas:
1. Staying compliant with increasingly complicated regulations – New government regulations have increased burdens on companies offering both health plans and 401(k)s. What used to be compliant may no longer work. Furthermore, software has improved, allowing many error prone, manual retirement plan administration tasks to be automated.
2. Increasing plan effectiveness by lowering fees – Since 2009, average 401(k) plan costs have dropped by almost 30%*. While average costs have come down, not al
Read the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud HCM Suites to get a side-by-side comparison of key HCM vendors and learn why the world’s leading research and advisory company named Workday a leader for the third year in a row.