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The Alignment-focused Organization
To close the gap between strategy, risk, and execution, companies need to build strategic alignment across all aspects of the business. Learn how your company

abstract merchandising  metrics provide only an abstract view of organizational performance. Further, they are beyond the grasp of the majority of employees, who can't use them for guidance in making day -to- day decisions, determining priorities, and allocating resources. Relying solely on financial data to direct execution enterprise-wide means that the day-to-day decisions that truly drive corporate performance are made without the critical context of strategic objectives. Using Strategy Management Software to Systematize

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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