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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a hold on the market as possible before enterprise and platform vendors catch up. This is especially true for the remaining tier two and tier three retail point solution vendors. If they cannot gain significant traction and distinctive differentiation, they could find themselves in a position of needing to either being acquired or joining forces with a complementary functional or platform technology vendor via alliance or acquisition. User Recommendations Retailers will have to find a fine balance