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ARC Forecasts Warehouse Management System Market to Reach $1.3 Billion

The worldwide market for Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) has had its best year in several years. After several slow years, the market grew by over 5 percent in 2004. The market was $1,067 million in ...
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Hype & hope for RFID in Distribution

Significant barriers to rapid adoption remain
Today, radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies are being widely touted as the next major breakthrough in inventory management. Despite the rosy projections, wholesaler-distributors should be wary of the hype given substantial uncertainty about technological feasibility, ...
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Activant Solutions Acquires The Systems House

Activant Solutions Inc.,Austin, TX, a provider of vertical ERP solutions, has acquired substantially all of the assets of The Systems House Inc., a technology solutions provider for distributors primarily in the automotive aftermarket and office ...
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Commentary: Distribution Software Roll-ups

What should distributors expect?
What is a distributor to think about the very rapid consolidation among distribution software providers? More importantly, what is a distributor to do about it? Over the last 24 months an extraordinary number of distribution ...
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Commentary: Consolidation in IT Providers

A leading consolidator shares his views on the pros and cons
Prophet 21 chose the more challenging path and developed a new offering from the ground up. The company invested several years and more than $40 million in its latest offering before introducing it to distributors. ...
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Commentary: Enabling Profitable Growth

Of the various trends within the wholesale distribution industry, distributor consolidation may the one driving the greatest need for enabling enterprise technology.The consolidation trend within the wholesale distribution industry is continuing. Many distributors have moved ...
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Infor Global Solutions to Acquire MAPICS

Infor Global Solutions has agreed to pay $347 million to acquire MAPICS, a manufacturing software company with about 4,500 customers. Infor focuses exclusively on delivering enterprise resource planning and supply chain solutions that are designed ...
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Activant to acquire Prelude Systems parent Speedware

In a move to increase its strength in one of its core vertical markets, Activant Solutions Inc.,Austin, TX, has agreed to acquire Speedware Corporation Inc. Montreal, Quebec, including its operating divisions Enterprise Computer Systems (ECS) ...
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Electronic Evidence Engulfs the Courts

Frontier of electronic evidence has exploded
Electronic evidence - typically e-mail, but essentially any data stored in electronic form - is becoming an increasingly important aspect of commercial and other litigation; it is a topic that businesses, including distributors, should not ...
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Sterling Commerce to acquire Yantra Corporation

Sterling Commerce, a multi-enterprise collaboration company and wholly owned subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc., has agreed to purchase Yantra Corporation,Tewksbury, MA, the leading provider of distributed order management and supply chain fulfillment solutions, for approximately ...
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