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.
number of other best-of-breed PIM players on the market, including FullTilt Solutions , Blue Martini , Cardonet , SAQQARA , Sterling Commerce , Comergent Technologies , CommercialWare , Flow Systems , Stibo , Liaison Technologies , and Velosel . Each has a number of customers using its solutions, but the PIM market is just now heating up and the lion share of the market is still up for grabs. Nevertheless, hand-in-hand with the trend to conduct business transactions electronically via the Internet, is a