Wal-Mart Used Technology to Become Supply Chain Leader

by Todd Traub  on Monday, Jul. 2, 2012 12:00 am  

“Two IBM 370-148 computers record performance of each store daily,” Wal-Mart bragged in its 1979 annual report.

In its relentless pursuit of low consumer prices, Wal-Mart embraced technology to become an innovator in the way stores track inventory and restock their shelves, cutting costs and passing the savings along to customers. In the process the company became synonymous with the concept of successful supply chain management.

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