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A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II
Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor ToolsGroup and its solution

of long tails and supply chains  Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part II Part I of this blog series introduced the notion of long tails in modern supply chains. That blog post also introduced the vendor  ToolsGroup and its solution for planning and optimizing finished goods in distribution environments. So, How Does ToolsGroup Solve the Distribution Puzzle? Most of the benefits are driven here by the distinctive Stock Mix Optimization capability that has delivered higher service levels with much less inventory for

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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