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The Basics of Quote-to-order Systems
Global competition means more choice for consumers and increasing customer demands. Manufacturers and distributors must develop a better understanding of what

electrical quote example  and liquid movement systems; electrical power systems; motors, compressors, and fans; transportation equipment (including automobiles); and industrial machinery. Such complex products are typically characterized by high finished-goods value, with many possible features and options, and complex rules and constraints governing applicability and interoperability of options. In addition, they feature complex product structures and manufacturing processes, where the selling process is heavily dependent on

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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