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Boy Scouts Help Police Nab Couple Suspected of Embezzling $5,000 from Cub Scouts

Posted on 18 October 2006 by Editor

Boy Scouts on a trip to South Alabama from Talladega, helped police capture a couple accused of embezzling approximately $5,000 from a Cub Scout Pack in Talladega.  The Scouts recognized the couple while eating breakfast in a restaurant on Monday morning.  The Scouts informed their leader, who notified local authorities.

James and Mary Kruithof were arrested on two outstanding felony warrants from Talladega.  The Kruithofs, while serving as the Cub Master and a Den Mother allegedly embezzled $5,000 the Cub Scouts were saving for a trip to Disney World in 2003.  Police said the couple will be returned to Talladega to face charges.

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Boy Scouts of America Deploys Mercado Solution on their Online Retail Store

Posted on 18 October 2006 by Editor

Mercado Software, the leading provider of e-commerce search and merchandising solutions, today announced that Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has deployed Mercado CSNâ„¢ on ScoutStuff.org. Mercado is helping the nearly 100 year-old organization better serve its community by making Scouting essentials easier to locate and purchase online.

ScoutStuff decided to use the Mercado solution because their previous site search did not meet their needs. According to David Harkins, BSA National Supply Group, “Our search parameters were limited and simple queries would often display either the wrong product or a product that had no relationship to the search term. With Mercado, we are able to use natural language (NLP) features and business rules to greatly improve the accuracy of the search results delivered to our visitors.” As a result of using Mercado, ScoutStuff is working to eliminate dead-end searches, making it easier for customers to find what they’re looking for.

In addition, Mercado’s merchandising capabilities have helped BSA improve conversion rates. Now, when customers search for ‘tent’, they are presented with a variety of product images that can be filtered by price, size, and color. ScoutStuff.org also now displays recommended, bestseller, and related products as well as accessories.

“It’s evident that Boy Scouts of America has embraced the e-commerce channel and is dedicated to providing great online service to the scouting community,” said Corey Leibow, president & CEO of Mercado. “Mercado is proud to be part of the growth and innovation of such a long-established and well-respected organization.”

About Mercado Software
Mercado is the leading e-commerce search & merchandising solution specialist for multi-channel retail and B2B organizations. By enabling a superior buying experience and equipping business managers with a powerful platform on which to execute merchandising strategies, online businesses can aggressively grow revenue and foster customer loyalty. Sears, Williams-Sonoma, JCPenney, Macy’s, Tower Records, MSN Shopping, Caterpillar and OfficeMax, are some of the companies benefiting from Mercado’s solutions. For more information about Mercado Software, please visit www.mercado.com or call (888) 376-1400.

About Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.5 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on Boy Scouts of America please visit www.scouting.org.

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BSA to Streamline and Standardize Application Processing

Posted on 08 October 2006 by Editor

BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom – DICOM Group plc (“DICOM Group”), a global leader of Information Capture and Communications (ICC) solutions, today announced the purchase of its new Document Scan Server by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the nation’s leading youth organizations, to help streamline and standardize its application processing.

The BSA has more than 3 million members spread across 300 councils around the United States. In order to apply for membership, parents must fill out a one page document that contains 85 unique fields. The forms are then delivered to the Local Council Facility where typically multiple BSA council personnel manually input the data into BSA’s database for processing. During peak recruiting times, more than 26,000 application forms will be processed a day.

BSA called upon its incumbent information capture partner, DTI Integrated Business Solutions Inc., a Kofax Certified Solution Provider, to help reduce the amount of time spent manually inputting data during the application process. DTI recommended that BSA implement the Kofax Document Scan Server and Ascent Capture® technology to scan enable its existing Program Application System (PAS). By doing this at the point of entry, handwritten data from the application form can be captured and reliable content delivered into the BSA database.

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