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
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 standards 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.
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
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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