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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

unit 4 blog  with actual item/ stock-keeping unit (SKU)  by store  point of sales (POS)  and inventory data to forecast demand up through the extended supply chain, and then adjusts the forecast daily based on the actual results. In other words, Flowcasting is leveraging store data to direct more efficient and effective execution within the entire supply chain. The offering was the major focus at the  RedShift:2009 conference , as well as RedPrairie’s brand refresh around productivity solutions for its

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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