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Modern ERP Processes Behind Historic Scotch Whisky
The whisky industry is an example of a process industry where it is impossible to accurately predict demand for the final product. Goods stocked must also be

final account  ERP Processes Behind Historic Scotch Whisky - June 2, 2006 Whisky Deep Dive The whisky industry is an example of a process industry where it is impossible to predict what consumer demand will be when the product is ready for delivery. It is also an industry where companies must meticulously account for goods stocked as intermediates (partially finished) and as bulk goods (both finished and partially finished). A good example of how an enterprise applications vendor addresses this microvertical is

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