A proprietary merchandise management system
Which technical milestones come to your mind?
The first major change was made in the 1980s with the introduction of online processing - that is, a move from punch cards towards data input using online forms, or masks. At the same time, data began to be stored in databases. The next milestone was the introduction of the PC: the first generation with two floppy-disk drives and 320 KB as well as black and white - you really ought to say black and green - monitors entered the marketplace.
And then came the great leap - a proprietary merchandise management system...
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