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Leading Master Distributer of Backup Power UPS Solutions, H.M. Cragg Co., Announces a Sales Team Expansion with the Addition of Three New Team Members

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

H.M. Cragg Co. expands its sales team to offer more in-depth, hands-on support for current resellers and foster new business opportunities

National Arbitration Forum Reports Rise in Domain Name Disputes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

1,805 Disputes over Domain Names Filed in 2007MINNEAPOLIS, February 27, 2008— www.domain-disputes.com —The National Arbitration Forum, an international provider of alternative dispute resolution services, administered a total of 1,805 domain name disputes in 2007, up from 1,658 disputes in 2006. The National Arbitration Forum has been approved as a domain name dispute resolution program provider by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since 1999.The National Arbitration Forum reports at the end of 2007:

  • UDRP domain names with common extensions like .com, .net, and .org accounted for 1,775 filings.
  • usDRP domain names with the .us extension accounted for 30 filings.
  • Of the 1,805 filings, Panelists heard 1,391 cases; parties worked together to settle many of the rest.
  • There were 9,916 total domain name complaints filed since 1999.
  • Of those filings, Panelists heard 8,006 cases; the parties settled many of the rest.

SPS Commerce Experiences 580 Percent Growth of Its B2B Integration Services’ multi-party capabilities; 700 3PLs and Sourcing Companies join spscommerce.net in 2007

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

SaaS Model and Expanded Capabilities Drive 98 Percent Increase in Revenue from SPS’ Integrated EDI Service and 78 Percent Increase in Revenue from its Chinese OperationsMinneapolis, Minn., Feb. 27, 2008 – SPS Commerce, the leading provider of SaaS EDI services, today announced that in fiscal year 2007 more than 700 customers that expanded their current SPS B2B integration services to include sourcing companies, expeditors, freight forwarders, factories in the Pacific Rim, and third party logistics providers (3PLs). This increase is attributed to the growing adoption of SaaS solutions and the market trend of outsourcing, as CPG manufacturers must efficiently communicate order and shipment information to trusted third parties who perform tasks on their behalf. In 2007, SPS experienced an increase of 580% in the sales of its outsourced EDI service’s multi-party capabilities which can connect all supply chain partners, including 3PLS, without the need to install or maintain EDI software at each location.In 2007, SPS Commerce’s business grew in other areas including:- 98% revenue growth for its integrated SaaS EDI service- 78% increase in revenue from PacRim operations- 6 regional offices opened in North America- 100% growth in Chinese sales and support staff, new office opened in southern China- 11,500 new trading partner relationships formed from EDI enablement programs with retailers- Expanded senior management team, including executives from Amazon.com and Oracle“SaaS is reawakening the B2B integration market by enabling suppliers to connect with the global outsourcing partners regardless of location and infrastructure, often removing days in the fulfillment cycle,” commented Archie Black, president and CEO of SPS Commerce. “In 2007, SPS Commerce delivered many new capabilities to its B2B integration services to connect manufacturers with 3PLs and other third party supply chain partners. Until now this communication was done via phone, fax or email, as using integration software solutions would be too cumbersome and expensive to support an implementation at each partner site. Using the SaaS model, manufacturers need only share a User ID and password to enable these partners to securely view filtered order information, print and affix accurate barcode labels, and create and send shipping documents directly from the factory to the retailer on the supplier’s behalf.”Unlike traditional software implementations of EDI, the SaaS or multi-tenant model for B2B integration enables thousands of companies to share the specialized expertise, infrastructure and existing maps of a service provider. Nothing is hosted onsite, so the solution can be accessed from any location with no onsite expertise or infrastructure is necessary. International factories or sourcing companies may have limited or no technical infrastructure and staff, making onsite EDI software implementations cost-prohibitive. With SaaS, this barrier is removed.About SPS CommerceSPS Commerce is the leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) B2B integration, connecting every partner in the supply chain. Retailers, manufacturers and 3PLs have selected SPS Commerce as their outsourced provider to automate and integrate their trading relationships. Using the SaaS model, SPS Commerce dramatically lowers setup and on-going costs, along with the time and risks of traditional EDI software by outsourcing the entire B2B communication process. The company’s offerings leverage its multi-tenant architecture, multi-party sharing, comprehensive knowledge of thousands of retailer’s business processes and specifications and integration expertise with a variety of systems for accounting (Great Plains, Quickbooks, MAS series), ERP (Oracle, NetSuite, SAP), packing and shipping (Agile, InSite, Scancode), and WMS (HighJump, Infor, Manhattan Associates). SPS Commerce is the recognized SaaS leader in B2B integration with more than 10,000 recurring revenue customers, pre-built integrations spanning 2,700 unique fulfillment workflows across 1,200 retailers, grocers and distributors, a customer satisfaction rate of 93% and the most comprehensive SaaS product suite available. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-245-8100 or visit www.spscommerce.com.SPS Commerce is a registered trademark of SPS Commerce Inc. SPSCommerce.net and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

SPS Commerce CEO, Archie Black, to Present at 3rd Annual Pacific Crest On-Demand Conference

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 25, 2008 – SPS Commerce, the leading provider of SaaS B2B integration services, today announced that Archie Black, president and CEO at SPS Commerce, will be presenting at the 3rd Annual Pacific Crest On-Demand Conference on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 9:00 am PST at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA.The conference will explore the growth in on-demand, or SaaS, services across much of the enterprise, including customer relationship management, supply chain and trading partner integration, human resources and more.About SPS CommerceSPS Commerce is the leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) B2B integration, connecting every partner in the supply chain. Retailers, manufacturers and 3PLs have selected SPS Commerce as their outsourced provider to automate and integrate their trading relationships. Using the SaaS model, SPS Commerce dramatically lowers setup and on-going costs, along with the time and risks of traditional EDI software by outsourcing the entire B2B communication process. The company’s offerings leverage its multi-tenant architecture, multi-party sharing, comprehensive knowledge of thousands of retailer’s business processes and specifications and integration expertise with a variety of systems for accounting (Great Plains, Quickbooks, MAS series), ERP (Oracle, NetSuite, SAP), packing and shipping (Agile, InSite, Scancode), and WMS (HighJump, Infor, Manhattan Associates). SPS Commerce is the recognized SaaS leader in B2B integration with more than 10,000 recurring revenue customers, pre-built integrations spanning 2,700 unique fulfillment workflows across 1,200 retailers, grocers and distributors, a customer satisfaction rate of 93% and the most comprehensive SaaS product suite available. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-245-8100 or visit www.spscommerce.com.SPS Commerce is a registered trademark of SPS Commerce Inc. SPSCommerce.net and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.###

3 Tips to Embrace Digital Communications

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Digital Communication

By Jessica Cameron-Ruud – Account Coordinator

As a fairly new person on the M&O team, I’ve had the advantage of learning from some of the best in the business. The learning curve I’m quickly working to overcome is how best to navigate the constantly changing digital marketspace to reach our target audience online.

I recently attended a Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA) Event ‘Conversations about the Future of Advertising”, which really got me thinking about how to embrace the shift to digital communications and online marketing. Offering up some valuable insight to help marketers determine how best to navigate the digital marketspace, we can find new ways to expand our connections and reach our target audience online.

Here are 3 tips to embrace the digital revolution in your business:

Live the Life. Only through trial and error with various digital communication channels such as Google, YouTube, Face Book, Digg, etc. can you define what approaches work and what approaches don’t. A marketer that understands how to interact with others in social communities online is more likely to understand the preferred language and tone used among community members.

National Arbitration Competition Won by Texas Tech University School of Law

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Third Annual Competition Promotes Arbitration among Aspiring AttorneysCHICAGO and MINNEAPOLIS, February 11, 2008—Texas Tech University School of Law received top honors in the recent 2007-2008 National Arbitration Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the National Arbitration Forum. Texas Tech School of Law prevailed over 16 teams in the National Finals at Stetson University in January.The competition, one of four each year sponsored by the Law Student Division, provides law students with the opportunity to participate in a mock legal dispute with professional arbitrators and lawyers judging the hearings. Coached by law professors, the students prepare and present their cases from start to finish, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations and summations.“Our goal is to promote excellence in arbitration,” said Roger Haydock, managing director for the National Arbitration Forum and chair of the Arbitration Competition Subcommittee of the ABA Law Student Division’s Competitions Committee. “The nation’s only arbitration competition continues to be a success. More law students each year are given the opportunity to learn how to be highly effective arbitration advocates.”Complete results for the 2007-2008 National Arbitration Competition:National Champion: Texas Tech University School of LawJoseph Putnam, Jesse Blakley, Charles M. Davis & Tiffany McDuffNational Finalist: Stetson University College of LawShannon McMahon, Sheryl Clark, Benjamin Ladouceur & Lee PearlmanThird Place: University of Oklahoma College of LawAlex Bass, Laura John, Matthew Neal & Jessica DurrettFourth Place: Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of LawSue Irion, Nick Maggard, Zachary Corbin & Ioanna ParaskevopoulosThe success of the competition grows each year with the number of participants more than doubling to 168 after just three years.For more information please contact Christina Doucet of the National Arbitration Forum at 952-516-6486 or media[at]adrforum.com or Peggy Pissarreck of the ABA Law Student Division at 312-988-5621 or pissarrm[at]staff.abanet.org.About the ABA Law Student DivisionWith more than 51,700 members, the ABA Law Student Division is the largest professional student organization in the United States. The division provides law students with opportunities for legal education, professional skills development and career counsel. Each year the division sponsors four competitions: the Arbitration Competition, the Client Counseling Competition, the National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Negotiation Competition.About the American Bar AssociationWith more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) is one of the world’s largest providers of alternative dispute resolution services. For over 20 years we have offered arbitration, mediation and other alternatives to lawsuits that save disputing parties time and money. The National Arbitration Forum maintains a distinguished panel of over 1,600 attorneys and former judges who apply the substantive law when rendering legal decisions. National Arbitration Forum arbitrators and mediators are located throughout the U.S. and around the world in 35 countries. We are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit our website, http://www.adrforum.com.More information about the Arbitration Competition can be found on the FORUM blog (http://arbitration-forum.blogspot.com) and the ABA Law Student Division webpage (http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/arbitration/home.html).###

 
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