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Taking Stock of TAKE Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1
Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a supply chain management (SCM) software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was

p part 6  Supply Chain Solutions - Part 1 Over the past several years I’ve repeatedly heard of a  supply chain management (SCM)  software and professional services company called ClearOrbit that was recently renamed TAKE Supply Chain . I admit to initially being in a quandary how to figure out the company’s exact value proposition and differentiation, given that its corporate Web site and press release (PR) messages as well as webinar topics seemed to be all over the SCM map: from labeling, printing, and

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