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Carrefour's Business Model vs. Other Models

Carrefour is one of France's largest retail companies. They operate as mini-markets, automotive centers, supermarkets, and warehouse stores. Carrefour's value chain is determined by the host country's purchasing. That is, the company customizes its supply chain operations according to the countries in which it operates. It appears that the organization uses both inbound and outbound logistics. That is, they receive and warehouse products (inbound) as well as warehouse and distribute the finished product (outbound). My question is, how does Carrefour's model differ from other supply chain models?

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Traditional supply chain model involves only an exchange of orders between companies. However, the advent of technology has allowed companies to not only exchange order information, but also share demand and inventory data effectively and efficiently. With that said, Carrefour is a world leader in distribution and has existed for about 40 years. The company is the world's second-largest retailer and the largest in Europe and currently operates four main grocery store formats: hypermarkets, supermarkets, hard discount and convenience stores. The company has been optimizing its supply chain by developing new consolidation and collaboration centers, using an On Demand collaborative ...

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This solution discusses how carrefour's business model differs from other supply chain models.