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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

apple acting vertical  product (i.e., one-stop shopping). Apple ’s stores are great at this. At the Genius Bar  in-store spot , a team of specialists instructs consumers on a variety of topics without pressuring them to buy. Consumers who need one-on-one advice on how to operate Apple’s devices can pay $99 a year for appointment-based training (under the No pain, all gain slogan), from basic advice on how to set up a Mac personal computer (PC) or iPhone to editing digital videos and running graphic design software.

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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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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 1


In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some particular industry and market segment), but not that much vertical integration per se. My beliefs were recently confirmed by what I learned while pursuing my APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) title. Namely, Module One of the

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