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The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing
The appeal of global sourcing for many industries is certainly understandable, given the potential lower cost benefits, but without careful elimination of all

international journal of retail distribution management  gross margin (through increased international sourcing on low labor and supply costs from East and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America). Sure, expectations are usually much higher than these figures, since initial savings may provide false gains. And with many costs and risks being hidden (such as logistics complexity and increased lead time ramifications), one should always take a long-term view and analysis. For more information, see Understanding the True Cost of Sourcing . What also

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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