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.
radio frequency channels
payroll systems using hand-held, radio frequency (RF) devices, POS workstations or via the Internet. In-store systems nowadays may also include a workforce management solution to optimize the scheduling of in-store labor, which typically represents the next largest operational cost for a retailer after inventory. Thus, these solutions should enable customers to continuously monitor and reduce inventory levels, achieve higher gross margins, improve their inventory turnover rates, and more effectively