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The Promise (and Complexities) of Private Labels
Recent studies have shown that retail winners (that is, companies that outperform their peers in year-over-year, comparable store sales) carry a significantly

available to promise  sourcing suite becomes readily available for smaller companies, such organizations will likely continue to use disparate sourcing and e-procurement solutions, not so much for low-cost country sourcing (LCCS), but within the context of a known, mostly domestic supply base. This is part three of the series The Blessing and Curse of Global Sourcing and Supplier Management . Part four will focus on the specifics of sourcing in the retail sector, and its particular challenges. For more information and to

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