I am really excited about this issue! Americans
love to shop. And it seems the Retail sector is of interest
to economists from a Policy perspective right now.
Retailers are making money. Consequently, retailers are investing
in transformation and therefore call the shots on Supply
Chain Management in a BIG WAY! So it is appropriate to dedicate
an issue to Retail—strategies, processes and technology.
You industrial folks—don’t turn
the page! There are some significant happenings going on
that are critical in all industries that are driven by the
retailers. After all, automotive parts are sold in retail
stores, as well as computer and wireless devices, plastics
and petroleum products, etc. So, no matter what industry
you are in, from chemicals to semi conductors to apparel,
you care what the global 10 (retailers) think and do—or
you are going out of business. The big winners, of course,
are process mastery and brand dominance. Read about brand
strategies in the Performance column.
To get an inside point of view, we tracked down an old friend,
Robert Bruce. Robert was Vice President of Supply Chain at
Wal-Mart. He was the guy who
was driving CFAR from his perch there. Robert has supplied us some wisdom
for the next few months on process innovation—from somebody who’s
been there! There are many ‘secrets’ from the temple on Wal-Mart’s
relentless success as well as guidance on how to do Collaboration. Read his
advice in our Process column.
We also tracked down Al Haberman of the UCC, that ubiquitous
presence in the standard world. He had some pretty important
things to say about the advent of RFID—it’s about
Vision. Read my interview of Al plus great examples of retailers
with Vision, in the Enablers column. We also have
an excellent feature insert on Retail Systems.
Other features cover a look at Risk Management—real
options. If you have not heard about these concepts, read
on. Blake Edwards of Stanford University and Vivecon is featured.
This is the next trend in SCM.
A few things are coming up I would like our readers to know
about. Our up coming editorial calendar is quite exciting.
Next month will be our Manufacturing issue
and we have some excellent articles lined up on Supply Chain
strategies and technology.
In addition, we will be introducing two new columns we have
been designing to launch:
- The Interview -
Each month we will feature interviews with some pretty
fascinating people who will have a Point of View that
will give you a new outlook on business.
- 3Pe in Action -
Supply Chain Case Studies from executives who can share
their knowledge and project success which brought better
sales and improved SCM to their organization.
As editor, I get to read it all, and try to digest the key messages in all
this excellent content, from some fairly brilliant people. Simply stated,
the collective wisdom of this month’s articles is to understand that
you are in a race with time, so use that time wisely!
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