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RFID: Are You Ready?

While retail channels push radio frequency identification (RFID) technology development, the Department of Defense has taken the lead on RFID among government agencies. Even though the DoD recently postponed some of the closest deadlines, here's ...
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Technology's Impact on Distribution

Wal-Mart, customer service and value in supply chains
size=4>The role of the wholesaler-distributor will be greater in many (if more concentrated) aspects of the market ヨ even when technology develops in a direction that seems to destroy its role altogether. Here's an essay ...
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UPS to purchase CNF's Menlo Worldwide Forwarding

CNF Inc., Palo Alto, CA, has entered into a definitive agreement with UPS under which UPS will purchase CNF's Menlo Worldwide Forwarding business for $150 million in cash, plus the assumption of approximately $110 million ...
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Grainger Details Technology Investments

W.W. Grainger, Chicago, IL, expects to continue installing SAP across the U.S. branch-based organization by the middle of 2005. To date, the company has completed the design and is currently refining the system to maximize capabilities. ...
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Prophet 21 Acquires Trade Service Systems

Prophet 21,Yardley, PA, a provider of technology solutions for durable goods distributors, has acquired Trade Service Systems, Inc., a division of TradePower, a technology provider of enterprise software solutions for electrical distributors. Founded in 1969, ...
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Speedware Corporation to acquire Prelude Systems, Inc.

Speedware Corporation Inc., Montreal, Quebec, a enterprise software solutions and productivity tools provider, has entered into a Definitive Purchase Agreement with Dallas, TX, based Prelude Systems, Inc., a provider of enterprise software solutions to the ...
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Web Services & XML

Two Internet technologies you should know about
Two Internet technologies are not going to fade out any time soon: Web Services and XML. Neither of these technologies is terribly new. Web Services came about in early 2002 and the initial XML draft ...
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Prophet 21 acquires Dynamic Data Systems, Inc.

Prophet 21, Yardley, PA has acquired Dynamic Data Systems, Inc., the provider of Turns, an enterprise software solution for medical products distributors and other distributors in other vertical markets."Prophet 21 has a two-pronged growth ...
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Agilisys continues rapid growth with NxTrend deal

Consolidation continues in the distribution software niche, leaving fewer 'pure' players focused solely on distribution sectors: Agilisys Inc., Atlanta, GA, a supplier of enterprise software to select manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries, has acquired wholesale ...
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Rethink Reverse Auctions

Just say no, no thank, maybe next time
Not long ago, I read an article in MDM that seemed to indicate reverse auctions are now a fact of life. I don't agree ヨ and I think it's dangerous for distributors to allow themselves ...
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