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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

h part 5  nodes, a strategy that hardly anyone recommends or pursues today (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This

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