Ninja Retail: Retailers & Suppliers, A Three Legged Race or Synchronized Swimming?

Our Ninja Retail series focuses on the ways in which retailers can reduce inventory and working capital requirements. You can check out the introduction here. Our previous post was focused on how you can think faster as an organization to reduce inventory and respond to market trends faster. But that only helps so much if your suppliers don’t join the party. Here’s why you need that and how you can make it happen.

Agility demands suppliers moving in lockstep with retailers and the first step is visibility into demand and order status. Our conversations with more than a hundred retailers across the globe post-Covid show us that a majority of retailers still collaborate with suppliers using clunky systems of record, emails or standalone collaboration/productivity tools, none of which truly break down any walls. The walls exist for very good reasons. 

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