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January

 

What's Next? touches on current and future trends. This issue acts as a thesis statement for what may be covered in the magazine throughout the year, with topics ranging from collection tips and customer service strategies to trends in departmental organization, risk management and federal regulation.

   

February

Getting Along is a must for every professional: managing customer and departmental relationships. Mitigating the issues related to disputed debts, contractual terms and internal perceptions are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes the relationship issues that credit professionals encounter on a daily basis. While many problems can be addressed by technology, this issue focuses on the different tools and approaches available to creditors as they build relationships with both internal and external customers.

   

March

Solutions looks at trends in the credit industry, specifically as they relate to new products and technologies. The latest software/hardware to help credit professionals work faster and smarter, member company experiences making improvements to specific processes, and strategies for adapting to new realities in a market, industry or company are all topics that will be spotlighted in this edition.

   

April

World View focuses heavily on international developments, the ways that credit professionals can best take advantage of markets in developing countries and any new risks looming on the horizon.

   

May

Legal Landscape includes articles on current noteworthy cases or regulatory developments and how they affect commercial trade creditors. Legal experts from various areas of business law contribute to this issue.

   

June

Expanding the Role of Credit is about the credit profession as it continues to evolve to include new responsibilities as a symptom of both economic changes and the increasingly important premium companies are placing on risk management. Members of the field must finely tune their personal and professional skill sets and reach out beyond the traditional boundaries of the credit function and into the fringes where their talents can be used to increase the company's bottom line, and increase credit's profile within the organization. This issue aims to help them do that through member success stories and other articles highlighting the broad appeal of the credit manager's skill set.

   

July/August

Getting Paid covers collection practices and law, payment instruments, credit policies and procedures...practically anything in the wheelhouse of the credit department that focuses on getting a company what it's owed. This issue also presents coverage of the recent Credit Congress, including pages of photos and presentation summaries.

   

September/October

Measuring Up is about benchmarking tools used to gauge peak performance and efficiency. Contained within this issue are ways to apply ratios to evaluate processes, and less obvious methods to take a look at how your company is doing.

   

November/
December

Best Practices includes the research, tools, models and instruments credit professionals need to achieve their company's strategic business goals, or to keep themselves out of trouble, like a do's and don'ts checklist for collection calls.

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