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Demonstration Post-Mortem: Why Vendors Lose Deals
In competing for client dollars, one failing makes demonstrations deadly for large and small vendors alike: lack of preparation.

resumes scm  ask to see candidate resumes. For larger, multi-day demonstrations, give vendors at least four weeks to prepare. About a week before the demonstration is to take place, call the vendor and ask pointed questions about how the preparation is progressing. Ask vendors to explain how they will show a scenario of interest. Minimize the amount of time allotted for marketing pitches; these are rarely of use at this stage of the selection. A diligent approach to preparing scripted scenario demonstrations by both

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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