While owing to a number of similar products and to former competition between the merging parties this merger has a merit of growth by acquisition in a slow growing (or even declining) EDI-VAN market, the merger of Inovis and QRS may well emphasize some interesting dynamics within the retail market segment.
edi market growth
For more detail, see EDI vs XML—Working In Tandem Rather Than Competing . To that end, Inovis has greatly achieved this expansion through the 2003 acquisition of former IPNet Solutions , which has bolstered its portfolio in terms of software, managed services, professional services, and broader means for Internet transactions, such as AS1, AS2, ebXML, and UCCnet data synchronization. The GTIN, UPC, and EAN data formats allow for the consistent identification of merchandise throughout the supply chain