e.Intelligence, Inc. and Fusion Laboratories, Inc. have formed a strategic partnership to offer Collaborative Planning Hubs to retailers and manufacturers that want to better plan and coordinate demand-generating activities. Collaborative Planning Hubs allow department stores, mass merchandisers, drug, grocery, electronics, home improvement chains and their vendors to more effectively plan, manage and track demand by sharing key information and collaborating on ongoing planning and execution. e.Intelligence and Fusion Labs will jointly develop and market Collaborative Planning Hubs, and Fusion Labs will manage the solution and provide process integration capabilities.
Collaborative Planning Hubs improve inventory level management and reduce out-of-stocks, markdowns, returns and spoilage. The shared results are improved margin, increased revenue, higher levels of profitability and improved customer service for both the retailer and the manufacturer. In addition, because it is a managed service, the retailer and manufacturer do not have to apply internal resources to manage and maintain the solution.
Collaborative Planning Hubs will leverage e.Intelligence's proven software for demand planning and analysis that is optimized for secure information sharing and user collaboration, and further complement Fusion Labs' suite of retail-specific managed applications. Fusion Labs currently provides business application management services for companies including Mary Kay Cosmetics, Neiman Marcus, Toys "R" Us, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bank of America, NCR and Kintetsu World Express.
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