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Q2O Systems: Solutions for Quotation Management and Pricing Configuration
Quote-to-order systems include quotation management and pricing configuration solutions. Pricing configuration engines automate pricing and quoting processes

example quotation  an option selector. An example of an ATO strategy is the definition of components in a laptop computer, where the product is assembled from a series of stock components. In other words, the ATO strategy is found most often in high tech and electronics. These industries provide high-volume, low-margin products that require minimal assembly, while new product introduction strategies have to consider rapidly declining pricing. Furniture, retail (including do-it-yourself [DIY]) stores, packaging, printing,

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