July Baseline Articles: Retail and Supply Chain

If you have the same (weird) interest in retail and supply-chain stuff that I do, you’ll probably like these two articles from this month’s Baseline:

  • Dollar General: 8 Days To Grow – how Dollar General opens a new store (after construction) in 8 days. There’s plenty of numbers, company background, and tech-anecdotes in the article as well.
  • Proctor & Gamble: Delivering Goods – how P&G have moved away from a plan-to-build to a more just-in-time distribution model.

I don’t know why I like this stuff: it sounds boring now that I’ve written up those little summaries.

While I was looking up a good book in this area (In Sam We Trust, by a Wall Street Journal reporter who covered Wal-Mart for some time), I saw this book, On Target: How the World’s Hottest Retailer Hit a Bullseye. I always wonder how Target got to be so damned hip.

Kim’s told me that when she was younger, no one would admit to shopping for anything at Target, except for socks.

My mother and I went there all the time to buy this and that. I remember it being much more fuddy-duddy than it is now: but they did always have those nifty watch calculators and other cheap watches. I probably spent too much money on their toys and slush puppies too.

Anyhow, maybe I’ll get around to reading that Target book one day.