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Six Keys to Exceeding Expectations with Inventory Optimization Initiatives
Inventory optimization is a proven vehicle to gain competitive value through reduced inventory, freed-up working capital, and improved service levels. But

io summary  optimization, but a best-of-breed IO solution works alongside your transaction systems and does not require a massive enterprise integration project. Time-to-value should be a matter of weeks, not years. Estimates of lead times longer than a few months should be examined skeptically. Inventory Optimization uses the data your ERP or advanced planning system have accumulated as its input, delivers optimized inventory plans, policies and specific inventory level targets as its output – which are fed right

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io summary  at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October.  I attended only a few education sessions, as my visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that the main value propositions this year revolved around the flavors of  demand management , most notably  sales and operations Planning (S&OP).  This made me think about the reasons for the concept’s (and accompanying software Read More

GXS Acquires HAHT Commerce for More Synchronized Retail B2B Data Part One: Event Summary


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io summary  Summary Event Summary A refutation of the claim that the ongoing consolidation in the enterprise application space has of late largely been about pilfering install base, increasing market share, and saving the costs of economy of scale -based product, might be the recent merger of two players in the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce arena, which claim that the rationale for their merger is to provide a more comprehensive solution for accommodating increasingly global business relationships. Namely, Read More

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Enabling Growth for Midsize Companies: Three Strategies for Growing Your Business


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