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.
Evant, AC Nielsen Corporation, i2 Technologies , Manugistics , Information Resources , and Synchra Systems . But, as the vendor continues to develop or acquire e-commerce products and expand its business in the area, it will likely face potential competition from B2B e-commerce application providers, including Ariba , Commercialware , Microsoft Business Solutions (see Microsoft Business Network [MBN]—Coming of Age? ), and Ecometry Corporation . These are in addition to unavoidable Retek, SAP, and