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.
other trade of new goods in specialized retail stores
and, in Europe and other international markets, the European Article Number (EAN) standards. More recently, the global trade item number (GTIN) has been established. EDI is a standard data format for electronic data communication between businesses such as retailers and suppliers, whereby documents in EDI-standard format can be sent over a proprietary value added network (VAN) or over the Internet. A sort of an irony here might be that, since EDI has earned the reputation as a complex, rigid, and