Myth and Reality of the Retail Revolution

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September 26, 2000

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Relating Sourcing to Global Trends

Devangshu Dutta

September 30, 1998

In the simplest terms, sourcing entails "buying a product". So presumably, if you have the need for a product and know the cost at which you want to buy it, and you can find someone who can sell it to you, it should be a straightforward transaction. What happens in reality is often somewhat different. The Sourcing Process You start with a product in mind, with certain specifications. You build certain sales projections based on past performance, forecasts etc., you evaluate supply bases, select one or more suppliers, factor in a logistical plan to get the product from your supplier…

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Integrating Sourcing Within Your Business Strategy

Devangshu Dutta

April 23, 1998

[This article is based on a presentation to the Textile Institute's London and South East England Chapter and draws on experiences with developing global sourcing strategies of a number of retailers and manufacturer-suppliers.] In recent years, sourcing and supply management has emerged as one of the greatest opportunity areas for retail business as well as for suppliers to leading retailers. At the same time, it is possibly also the one most prone to risk. This set of activities holds the key to improving service, product offer and overall profitability, and yet also provides some of the most difficult challenges of…

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