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The second step to multichannel commerce

Step one = a single, unified product master

Now, step two — a cross platform, cross-channel order management system [OMS].  By this, I mean an order management system which can support transactions and customer service in one or more physical stores, in a call center, at a web site, or on a mobile site.

This is a tall order.  And of course, it’s relevant, only if you really use all of these transaction channels.  Maybe you have one I missed — the point is that your order management system should support transactions in every channel thru which you sell.  That should include Amazon or eBay or any other ancillary channel.

This single OMS enables you to have a single view of your customer and allows you to fix in transaction in any channel in any other channel.  That is what your customers are beginning to expect.

Can you transaction on an iPad or iPhone?

Can your customers check themselves out (self-check-out at the grocery store, or self-check-out at Apple Stores)?  Walmart announced they are testing self-check-out on iPhones.  Where do you stand?

The principle here is that customers should be able to transact with you in a manner that suits them, rather than in a manner that suits you.

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Who will be first to publish their catalog for iPad?

Think about a catalog as a book.  Apple allows purchases from within their apps.  So it makes sense that someone will publish their catalog as an app for iPhone and iPad.

Automatic updates via Apple’s book store.

Actually, there are a couple of apps in Apple’s App Store already:  IKEA (UK), Pottery Barn (actually, they have two different ones), SkyMall … and several others which are not recognizable brands.

I wonder how their doing?

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