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Challenges of the Future: The Rebirth of Small Independent Retail in America
By any measure, retailers are overwhelming small businesses. More than 95 percent of all retailers have only one store. Almost 90 percent have sales less than

global trends in the retail sector  marketplace is becoming truly global in scope. The Internet is blurring the lines of traditional market areas. Competition for small independents can now come from anywhere, big chains or other small independents halfway across the country or halfway around the globe. This fact is particularly problematic for small independents that sell widely distributed branded goods goods that can default to price. Many popular branded goods are becoming more widely distributed in order to fuel manufacturers'

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PLM for the Retail Industry

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Retail is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory, and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain.  

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(Forgotten) CRM and ERP Kingdoms in the Making?


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global trends in the retail sector  multiple languages for a global view. While Consona CRM is focused on the business benefits of these capabilities, they are not actually sold independently, and benefits can still be realized through either Cognos or an SSRS infrastructure. The bottom line is that most Consona CRM customers are asking the vendor to adopt the Microsoft BI tools that come as core infrastructure with Microsoft SQL Server , and Consona CRM is in the process of developing similar functionality for the Microsoft stack. As Read More

Margin Squeeze and Globalization in the Food and Beverage Industry


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global trends in the retail sector  and forward-looking planning systems, global sourcing can lead to lower cost (see The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing ). However, globalization presents the threat of new competitors with cost advantages. Logistics differentials still exist, but the lower costs of production and processing in other countries more than makes up the difference. Today, food and beverage companies are seeing competition for commodity-driven products, but the future is likely to see competition for value-added Read More

Staying Competitive in the Changing Chemical Manufacturing Marketplace




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JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry -- Part Five: Analysis of Market Impact


Given the competition for retail customers and wholesale orders is intense, retailers, including software vendors, must be able to meet consumer demand quickly, accurately and at the most competitive price. Despite its failed QRS acquisition, which promised to expand JDA's retail demand chain optimization applications, JDA Portfolio may be able to help retailers if it can overcome the challenges of servicing a fragmented sector and withstand the increasing competition.

global trends in the retail sector  (NASDAQ: JDAS), a prominent global provider of integrated software and professional services for the retail demand chain and over 4,600 customers, plans to build upon the collective JDA Portfolio to enable its customers to achieve a new level of operational excellence. The vendor plans to establish this capability as a defining and differentiating characteristic of its next generation PortfolioEnabled solutions over the upcoming months and years. JDA Portfolio 2004.1 software and service offerings are Read More

Connect the Dots: Simplifying the Online Ad Business


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Training for the Many… Learning for the One: How Successful Organizations Recognize the Difference and Use Technology to Deliver Both


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The Supply Chain in the Cloud


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global trends in the retail sector  as these: Collaborative execution Global trade logistics Logistics Sales & Operations Planning Supply chain synchronization Transportation management systems Vendor managed inventory Warehouse management systems Demand planning eProcurement and sourcing In some areas, such as warehouse management, the cloud does not seem immediately intuitive, and, indeed, there are still questions being asked about how ready warehouse management is for the cloud.  LogFire , for one, feels that it is time to bring the Read More

PeopleSoft: Giving Fervent Hope To The Market And Jitters To The Competition. Part 2: The Implications


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Who Are White Papers Aimed at Anyway-The Technical Professional or the Poor Soul Who Got Stuck With the Job?


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The Integrated Information Management Infrastructure: The Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach


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