The development of sophisticated information technology in retailing has outpaced the development of sophisticated information systems. Up to this point most instalhtions of EDP equipment have been justified on the basis of cost displacement or savings through increased productivity. Merchandising applications have emphasized elaborate unit control systems. Profitability problems in retailing are most susceptible to improved dollar-based inventory management systems simûar to NRMA's classification merchandising concept. In this article research results of retailers using an advanced dollar system are analyzed and conclusions are drawn. In addition, the suitability of advanced dollar systems for meeting a variety of emerging retailing management problems is thoroughly discussed.
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