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Overcoming Chemicals Industry Challenges through Optimization of Distribution and Inventory
For chemical companies, optimizing the distribution network and rationalizing inventories are the keys to an efficient supply chain and smoother operations

free pricing quote template  goods; in some instances free form conversion tables can be extremely useful. The aforementioned ATP capability comes in handy here for providing a tool to almost instantly analyze and commit customer orders while keeping an eye on profitability; users can also instantly determine if an order is within forecast, and see the best way to fulfill the order (whether from existing inventory, planned production, or alternate sourcing locations). Furthermore (principally in specialty chemicals), customer

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Configure Price Quote (CPQ)

Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generation of quotes that occure during the sales process. CPQ solutions create accurate and professional sales quotes for complex, custom-engineered or customizable products while streamlining core processes and lowering costs. Common features of CPQ software include product catalog and pricing functionality, product visualization, and support for channel sales.  

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