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.
Software Product Groupings for Retail Part One of this note described the distinct software requirements of retail enterprises, retail stores, and suppliers to the retail industry. Aspiring software vendors offer some or most of the following groupings of products: 1) As the modern retail enterprise is required to rapidly collect, organize, distribute, analyze, and optimize information throughout its organization, retail enterprise systems include corporate level merchandise management systems that