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 advantages of vertical sourcing


No One Said Sourcing Overseas Would Be Easy
The many challenges and risks that retailers face when sourcing globally could be mitigated with the right software tools. Yet the sad fact is that few

advantages of vertical sourcing  should thoroughly consider the advantages and risks of product assembly in another country. On the plus side, potential benefits include lower labor rates (depending on the country); lower material costs; lower benefits costs in countries with national health care; favorable duty rates (especially if materials are domestic); lower taxes; and smaller capital investment (if assets are transferred to the foreign country). On the minus side, however, a company may encounter a multitude of potential problems.

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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