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What’s the Missing Link in Price Optimization Strategy for Retailers?
For many retailers, price optimization is not being implemented appropriately because of the lack of communication between the supply and demand cycles. As a

plm forecast  planning, product lifecycle management (PLM), and supply management can help a retailer achieve its revenue, profit, and margin objectives.  This is important in order to gain competitive edge and provide the best customer experience. Having all the solutions in place does not guarantee that a retailer will achieve all of its objectives. Retailers need to pick the appropriate vendors with the mix of end-to-end solution capabilities that meet their core business requirements. Stay tuned for the next blog

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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Baan Seeking A New Foster Home -- A Déjà vu Or Not Quite? Part Two: Baan Under Invensys


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plm forecast  ERP, CRM, SCM and PLM systems and, most important, its considerable web-based integration platform and technologies. This might be an appealing combination of back-to-basics, stable, pragmatic, manufacturing-focused ERP software developers and implementers, and modern collaborative, web-based extended-ERP enterprise software. The recently-announced technology developments seem to be in sync with the market's trends, and leaning shrewdly towards the requirements of holistic business requirements from Read More

Mid-sized SCE Buys Small SCP: No Sure Bet on Short Term Profits


Leading supply chain execution (SCE) vendor, Manhattan Associates has recently announced its acquisition of Evant, a supply chain planning (SCP) company. Adjusting to a different type of supply chain application, gaining profitability, and maintaining high levels of customer care are some challenges facing the company.

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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 16, 2012


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What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?


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How PLM Drives Profitable Growth


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Out-of-the-box PLM: PLM and E-collaboration Software for the Electronics Industry


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