Interview with Silvester Macho, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of METRO GROUP, about the merchandise management system of METRO Cash & Carry.
In the beginning, stacks of punch cards helped to run the wholesale stores' business operations. But times have changed. PCs and laptops are now the norm in every department. An interview about the importance of "closed" merchandise management systems, the devilish details of the IT integration of new companies - and the job profile of a data typist.
Silvester Macho, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of METRO GROUP
First, a system called "central merchandise management" (CMM) for Cash & Carry Germany was created on the basis of the latest technologies. Later, it became known as the "new merchandise management" (NMM) system and formed the foundation for today's international "METRO Merchandising System" (MMS), something that many people in the industry are acquainted with today. The system has a major strength: it was designed with the wholesale business in mind. But when we integrated the first retailing companies into it, we were also able to link them to our merchandise management system. This was a great accomplishment because retailers have a number of completely different needs from the wholesale industry.
Punch cards are now a thing of the past. The digital merchandise management system used today ensures that the wholesale stores of METRO Cash & Carry always have enough products on hand
Interview with Lovro Mandac, Chairman of the Management Board at Galeria, about the relationship between METRO and Galeria Kaufhof.
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Interview with Jürgen J. Maas, the retired Chief Procurement and Merchandising Officer of METRO Cash & Carry International, about international purchasing.