IBM and EXE Technologies today announced a global strategic relationship in which the two vendors will provide supply chain customers with integrated solutions that will help them transform into e-businesses. These solutions will be initially targeted to customers in the automotive, consumer packaged goods, electronics, retail and wholesale distribution industries. In addition, EXE and IBM announced that Pep Boys, a large automotive products retailer in the United States, and Metro Richelieu, one of Canada's largest grocers, are the first customers to take advantage of this relationship.
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Big Blue, provided that it can work through its integration issues successfully. IBM's action may provoke a similar move by Unix giant Sun Microsystems, which recently announced a global supply chain initiative. User Recommendations Apart from the contract wins at Pep Boys and Metro Richelieu, no tangible return on the arrangement will be gained by the new partners in the short term. Users in the retail or wholesale distribution sectors may want to look at the Exceed WMS product, originally developed for