OPEI plans Electronic Commerce Seminars for dealers in fall

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has announced a series of three Electronic Commerce Seminars for dealers. The seminars, which were postponed in March 2002, are being offered by OPEI’s e-Commerce Committee to educate dealers and distributors in the use of e-commerce with special emphasis on electronic ordering, warranty claims and product registration.


The seminars are designed to explore electronic commerce as a whole and issues that relate to small businesses such as outdoor power equipment dealerships. They will include detailed information about the Internet for both its personal as well as business use. They will delve into the issues surrounding effective computerization by small business, including the consideration of business management software. Electronic data communications will be discussed with focus on EDI and new tools that promise to make e-commerce as common as the telephone. And, the goal of applying e-commerce to gain efficiency, cost effectiveness, and better customer service will be the core theme of the programs.


Each registrant will be charged a fee of $25 for refreshments and documentation.


Location and dates for these three pilot programs are as follows:

-Columbus suburbs, Ohio            Marriott Inn North                   Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002

-Chicago suburbs, Illinois            Wyndham Northwest               Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002

-Buffalo suburbs, New York    Buffalo Niagara Marriott            Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2002


For more information, contact OPEI at (703) 549-7600 or email jhawes@opei.org.

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