Conversely, many companies are considering assigning a separate item code to each unique item and country of origin combination. While this approach may appear at first to be the most expedient, companies are learning that the task is costly, time consuming, and unmanageable for both buyer and supplier due to the sheer volume of item codes required. And, assuming this item code explosion can be completed by the deadline, there must now be an electronic relationship set up between partners.
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