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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical

l part 3  Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical vs. horizontal integration . The analysis then moved onto the generally embattled retail sector, where a select group of innovative retailers has found a “happy medium” approach to stay well above the fray. Kurt Salmon Associated (KSA ), the leading global management consulting firm

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