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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1
Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, Manhattan Associates was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms

d part 1  Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 1 Throughout the late 1990s and the mid-2000s,  Manhattan Associates  was the epitome of a well-managed  supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Simply stated, the company set the industry standard for the supply chain execution (SCE) space and was the envy of its competitors.  The Long Trail of Excellence The company was founded in 1990 in Manhattan Beach, California,

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