Specialty merchandisers may devote a small percentage of their annual revenue to IT, but the sector also allocates one of the largest combined budget percentages on hardware (22%), software (20%), and general systems administration (18%) of all the verticals. It's not all daily maintenance, upgrades, and system replacements, though: the industry employs a healthy mix of innovative technologies and also is strongly focused on global supply chains. The charts below outline the business, technology
Inside Retail: Specialty Merchandising
of Industry's Annual Revenue Devoted to IT
of IT Budget Devoted to New Projects
of Companies Expecting 2006 IT Spending to Exceed 2005
Creating New Products/Services for Customers in 2006
with Global Supply Chain
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