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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high initial set-up and value added service costs, EDI implementations can actually be cost-effective. The advent of web-based EDI connectivity standards, software, and services have lowered barriers to entry for many companies that, initially, would not have considered it an option. Thus, many former VANs are taking advantage of emerging standards like AS2, RosettaNet, and UCCnet, while the emphasis has been moving from mere connectivity to becoming more flexible and better-rounded service providers.