Retailers and manufacturers are trying several new technologies to form electronic connections to each other, including data synchronization and RFID. But for some retailers, a more mature technology, the Web-based vendor extranet, or portal, remains the communication vehicle of choice. Portals have proved themselves to be versatile instruments, allowing suppliers to get new products to market in the quickest time possible and to “see” products at any point in the supply chain, minimizing ...

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