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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technology to support their ability to manufacture and supply products, this new era of collaboration with retailers has created a requirement for new technology solutions that are designed to optimize the sales of products to end consumers through the retail channel. To that end, collaborative solutions provide applications that enable business to business (B2B) collaborative activities such as central planning, forecasting, and replenishment (CPFR), collaborative category management including collaborat