The 800 pound retailer

Interesting discussion at RetailWire, debating the premise that large retailers’ sway over their suppliers is exaggerated. I was one of several panelists who questioned the source (and objectivity) of the research:

I think it’s worth considering the source of these findings: The Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. There is some validity to the idea that supply chain efficiency benefits the supplier as well as the retailer, but it’s disingenuous to suggest that big box stores have less leverage than their vendors. It’s well known that Walmart, in particular, has pushed its vendors hard to take costs out of the product and the “process” for many years. Nothing wrong with that, but let’s be realistic about who is driving the cost savings.

Advertisements

0 Responses to “The 800 pound retailer”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: