RIS Roadmap: Retooling the Global Supply Chain

Since the mass consolidation of the 1990s, major retailers’ have increased buying and negotiating power, making it feasible to source more goods directly from manufacturers. Proprietary products let them garner higher margins, offer better prices, control production cycles and differentiate.


This has made the global supply chain increasingly sophisticated. It has also made retailers more competitive — not just with products, but with how quickly and efficiently merchandise is designed, produced and brought to market.

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