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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part Two: Progress
ERP vendors are making their way into the retail market by bundling, acquiring point solutions or partnering strategically to embed retail-specific functions

demand for free merchandise  other participants in the demand chain, and, although these companies have historically focused on technology to support their ability to manufacture and supply products, this new era of collaboration with retailers has created a requirement for new technology solutions that are designed to optimize the sales of products to end consumers through the retail channel. To that end, collaborative solutions provide applications that enable business to business (B2B) collaborative activities such as central

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Demand Management RFI/RFP Template

Promotion Planning, Pricing and Profit Optimization, Forecasting, Merchandise Planning, Life Cycle Planning, Consensus Planning,Collaborative Planning, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Replenishment, Event Planning, Metrics and Reporting, Demand Management Systems Architecture, Product Technology  

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