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Geocoding: Acquiring Location Intelligence to Make Better Business Decisions
By geocoding your address data, you have the location intelligence that helps you see patterns and create new opportunities to grow your business. There are

make a tornado  patterns and risks to make more informed business decisions. CONCLUSION By geocoding your address data, you acquire the location intelligence needed to help you see patterns emerge and create new opportunities to grow your business. The beauty of geocoding lies not just in its universal use, but also in the flexibility of the technology. There are different levels of positional accuracy available, based on a company's budget and their business needs. There are also more enhanced levels of geographic

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Merchandising Systems

Merchandising systems are the enterprise back and front-office software solutions upon which the majority of retailers rely to manage and support their daily tasks. These systems typically record product performance, which allows buyers to purchase merchandise according to that information and to make accurate merchandise decisions. Moreover, retail systems have capabilities for tracking inventory, capturing sales data, and managing retail prices. 

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