ERP vendors are making their way into the retail market by bundling, acquiring point solutions or partnering strategically to embed retail-specific functions within their suites. Like in all other enterprise applications markets, eventually, albeit not any time soon, the retail market too will come to a showdown between the pure retail vendors and the enterprise application vendors (e.g., Oracle, SAP, Lawson, PeopleSoft, SSA Global, Geac, Intentia, etc.), which have been striving to natively embed more retail-specific capability into their products.
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retailers and suppliers, whereby documents in EDI-standard format can be sent over a proprietary value added network (VAN) or over the Internet. A sort of an irony here might be that, since EDI has earned the reputation as a complex, rigid, and expensive means of business document and data exchange among trading partners, one would expect it to be relegated to a relic of a bygone era. Yet, while at the surface there are be few economic or strategic reasons for organizations to persist with EDI, many seem