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Technology Hurdles Plus Retailer Consolidation Yield a Fragile Market for Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers
As major retailers increase their share of the market and exploit technology for business process improvement, consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers risk

goods market  Market for Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers Technology Hurdle In the business press, we see articles on radio frequency identification (RFID) nearly everyday. Major retailers are setting technical and business process requirements and deadlines for their suppliers. No one doubts that RFID will be an absolute requirement in the future; the issue is not if, but when. However, RFID is just one element of a continuing process on the part of the retailers to drive cost out of the supply chain. Other

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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The Fragile Consumer Packaged Goods Market and Private Label Products


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goods market  Fragile Consumer Packaged Goods Market and Private Label Products Introduction On average, 45 percent of products sold in Europe are private label products; this compares with 25 percent in the US. Store brands now account for one of every five items sold in US supermarkets, drug chains, and mass merchandisers. A study by the Gallup Organization found that 75 percent of consumers see private label brands as having the same quality, guarantee of satisfaction, packaging, taste, value, and performance as Read More

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Know Thy Market Segment's Price Response


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