ERP vendors are making their way into the retail market by bundling, acquiring point solutions or partnering strategically to embed retail-specific functions within their suites. Like in all other enterprise applications markets, eventually, albeit not any time soon, the retail market too will come to a showdown between the pure retail vendors and the enterprise application vendors (e.g., Oracle, SAP, Lawson, PeopleSoft, SSA Global, Geac, Intentia, etc.), which have been striving to natively embed more retail-specific capability into their products.
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distribution, promotions, pricing, sales analysis, and replenishment. Indeed, the real potential benefit from Internet exchanges and trading communities only comes at the level where they provide collaborative facilities to help suppliers and buyers work closely to improve key supply chain processes (e.g., inventory management, CPFR, manufacturing capacity planning, transportation planning, etc.) or aspects of a product lifecycle management (PLM), such as design, creation, servicing, retirement, and so