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SN REPORTtailers, moored to mainframes, are reluctant to take the plunge into an open-systems environment. But those who have made the switch say it's the wave of the future.Open systems offer retailers the chance to pick and choose from a wider range of vendors' hardware and software systems to meet their operational needs. Such flexibility is considered crucial for adapting to the myriad changes

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tailers, moored to mainframes, are reluctant to take the plunge into an open-systems environment. But those who have made the switch say it's the wave of the future.

Open systems offer retailers the chance to pick and choose from a wider range of vendors' hardware and software systems to meet their operational needs. Such flexibility is considered crucial for adapting to the myriad changes sweeping the industry.

Specifically, the systems can help retaile

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