Like A Virus

I remember first really hearing about Wal-Mart during a meeting in the early 90's while working for Lechmere. We were all gathered in a conference room and the store manager was talking about Wal-Mart's superb inventory management system.

At the time, I was hardly interested in how they kept track of their inventory. But he did grab my attention when he talked about Wal-Mart selling worms and firearms. I simply couldn't imagine Caldor or Zayres ever selling such a thing. Little did I know that a mere 15 years later I would find myself as a supply planner for a large electronics manufacturer whose job depended on getting products to the right place at the right time. Welcome to the concept of Supply Chain Mrs. Perry.

Recently the Wall Street Journal did a feature about the tough times Wal-Mart is facing as its competition is offering the convenience of low prices and quality merchandise that is threatening the profits of this retail mammoth.

More interesting is a video showing the evolution of Wal-Mart stores from 1962 to 2004. Check it out and tell me you're not as freaked out as I am.

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