SPARC is an acronym for “Supplier Portal Allowing Retail Coverage.” and it’s an app allowing more visibility for Walmart’s vendors into its inventory levels — especially in its stockrooms. This is meant to allow WMT and its suppliers to overcome some of its recent and well-reported replenishment stumbles. Here’s my comment, from a recent RetailWire discussion:
SPARC looks like an extension of the collaborative planning and replenishment programs already in place between Walmart and its suppliers. If vendors have access to point of sale and other data, this makes perfect sense — especially as Walmart leverages its growing use of RFID technology. And, as the article points out, Walmart needs to take more cost-efficient steps in a hurry to solve its well-documented “empty shelves” problem.