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1. The “I” vs. “T” in IT
2. Frito-Lay Case
     - Use of IT to Sustain Competitive Advantage
     - Changes made to the Management Process
     - Lessons on How to Get Payoff from IT Investment
3. FedEx Case
     - IT Drives Innovative Business Model
     - Used IT for Delivering Value-Adds to Customers
     - Lurking Threat from the Net
4. IT Strategies of UPS vs. FedEx: “Follower” vs. “First-Mover”
5. McKesson Case - IT was Key to Company’s Growth
6. Cardinal Health Case: Use of “I” to Grow Beyond a “Middleman”
6. Observations from FedEx, UPS & McKesson Cases
7. Wal-Mart Case - Management Process is Key
8. Summing Up
              The Information Economy
        - The View from Two Different Lenses

 The Original Management Guru, Peter Drucker
 “From being organized around the flow of things and the flow of money, the
 economy is becoming organized around the flow of information.”
 Wall Street Journal, September 9, 1992

 The Czar of the U.S. Economy, A. Greenspan
 IT has “begun to alter, fundamentally, the manner in which we do business and
 create economic value.” By enabling businesses to remove “large swaths of
 unnecessary inventory,” real-time information is accelerating productivity
 growth and raising living standards. This has contributed to the “greatest
 prosperity the world has ever witnessed.”

 Speech to the Gerald R. Ford Foundation in Grand Rapids, as quoted in
 Wall Street Journal, September 21, 1999
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                2
                               Impact of IT

IT is fundamentally transforming the way companies are run. The
new economy is about the specific potential of IT to change the
way businesses work and thereby yield a quantum shift in
productivity. The computer, and especially now the Internet, can
change how companies deal with suppliers and customers…
The Net is helping customers to lower costs dramatically across
their supply and demand chains, take their customer service into a
different league, enter new markets, create additional revenue
streams and redefine their business relationships.

The Economist, June 24, 1999

   Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                            3
                 The “I” versus “T” in IT
         - Peter Drucker Pinpoints THE Issue

So far, for 50 years, the information revolution has centered ... on the “T”
in IT. The next information revolution asks: What is the MEANING of
information, and what is its PURPOSE? And this is redefining the tasks
to be done with the help of information, and with it, to redefining the
institutions that do these tasks.
Forbes ASAP, August 24, 1998

Information is data endowed with relevance and purpose.
Converting data into information thus requires knowledge… So far, most
computer users still use the new technology only to do faster what they have
always done before, crunch conventional numbers. But as soon as a company
takes the first tentative steps from data to information, its decision processes,
management structure and even the way its work gets done begin to be
Harvard Business Review, January-February, 1988

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                   4
                     The Frito-Lay Case
Use of IT to Sustain Competitive Advantage

 Competitive Advantage of Frito-Lay was NOT IT
  - It was: Direct Sales to 350,000 Stores
  - Army of 13,000 salespeople with trucks
  - Competitors unable to match it
 50% share of the $15 billion salty-snacks U.S. market

Staved off the threat from Anheuser-Busch‟s Eagle Snacks...“Frito‟s a
fortress ... don‟t try to impinge on Frito‟s territory or you‟ll get crushed.”
Anheuser sold its plants to – who else? – Frito-Lay.
                                    Wall Street Journal, October 27, 1995

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                               5
           Value of the Direct Sales Model

                                             F/ L
   F/ L Plant   Truck - Load                 Salespeople
                Shipments    F/L Warehouse   with Trucks                      Purchases by
  - 40 Plants                                                Stores
                              - 200+ W/ Hs                                     Consumers
  - 200 SKUs
    High Costs
     - Operations of 200+ Warehouses
       - Inventory Costs
       - Cost of “Stales” in Warehouses & Stores
    Big Benefit
       - Know which SKUs are selling in each store
       - Salesforce can sell the “Right SKU” to the Right Store at the Right Time
       - Salesforce trained to rotate products – “older-date” packs moved to the front of
       the shelves – and stack them neatly to attract shoppers in the aisles
                                             Salesforce of
 Annheuser - Truck - Load
             Shipments       Third - Party   Distributor
                                                                              Purchases by
   Busch                     Distributor/                    Stores
    Plant                     Wholesaler

     Third – party Salesforce is NOT the same as Company Salesforce !
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                           6
                            IT Target
        - SUSTAIN the Competitive Advantage
- Revenue Drivers to Increase Revenues
- Cost Drivers to Reduce Costs

 Improve Salesforce Productivity
- Expand coverage by adding new stores without increasing the salesforce

 Reduce “Stales”
- Timely information on sales and inventory from stores can trigger
  corrective action to reduce stales

 Micromarketing
- Promote the “Right SKU in the Right Store at the Right Time”
- Get more bang for the promotional dollars !

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                     7
                The “T” Had to be Developed

 Pioneered hand-held computers for used by 13,000 salespeople

 Contracted with Fujitsu in early 1980s to develop the “T”

 Rugged hardware had to be developed for use in trucks

 Field-tested hardware in Texas and Minnesota to check whether
  it will work in extreme climatic conditions


MORE DIFFICULT: How to get the Salesforce to Change?

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                             8
          The Implementation Strategy
        - Key to Successful IT Innovation
    - especially when the salesforce has to use a new IT tool

    - “GO”        Roll it out to All Sales Areas
    - “NO GO”     Back to the Drawing Board

   SELECT MOST HUNGRY AREA: Receptive to Change
    - If “No Go”, Buy-In from Rest of Salesforce will be a BIG PROBLEM!

   FRITO-LAY CHOSE THE “BEST”: The Los Angeles Sales Area

    - Used LA Sales Staff in rollout to establish credibility with salesforce

    - Minimizes Training Costs: More Effective
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                           9
          Impact of Hand-Held Computers

 Eliminated Paperwork of Salesforce
  - Time savings: 3 to 5 hours per week

 BUT… Is That a Benefit?
  Frito-Lay Made It a Benefit!
  - Allayed salespeople’s fears of downsizing
  - Used time saved to grow revenues and reduce cost

 A Side-Benefit, But Important for Salesforce
  - End-of-day reconciliation was easier, more accurate
  - “Over/short” accounting discrepancies were
     $4 million in 1985 and growing
  - Source of extreme frustration to salespeople
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                         10
                      “What’s In It for Me?”
- Reduces Tedious Arithmetic at End of the Day

Salesperson must reconcile each SKU’s daily sales from store invoices
with the “Load-Out – Load-In” Sheet.
                Load-Out from   Load-In to                  Sales to Stores
   SKU                                       Out minus In                     Short/ Over
                 Warehouse      Warehouse                   (from invoices)
     1               300           200           100              90              -10
     2               250           50            200             210             +10
     3               400           250           150             150              0
    200              200           75            125             120              -5

A Huge Tangible Benefit:
- Time saved in adding the sales figures for each SKU from the individual store
  invoices to get the total sales of the SKU (the “Sales to Stores” figure above)
- No arithmetical errors in the adding process

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                      11
Management Process Had to be Changed to
     Capitalize on New Information

 Availability of timely information at the SKU
 level for each store enabled weekly one-on-one
 meetings between first-line district sales
 managers and their salespeople
 If a salesperson's stales are running higher than my
 district goal, we discuss what can be done to
 decrease them. We analyze sales returns to zero in
 on the stores and the SKUs with the most stales,
 and then decide whether to change the mix of
 products or their location in the store.
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                      12
    The New “I” Enables Micromarketing

Recently, I noticed red numbers (indicating reduced market
share) for tortilla chips in our central business region. I punched
up another screen display and located the problem: Texas. I
kept punching up new screens and tracked the red numbers to a
specific sales division and, finally, the chain of stores. The
numbers pinpointed the problem area and, after additional
research, revealed the culprit: the introduction of a generic
store-branded product. We quickly formulated a counter-
strategy and sales climbed again.

                                           Frito-Lay President

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                 13
How to Get Payoff from the IT Investment

  Hardware investment - $40 million
  Software investment - $100 million during 1984 - 88
  To pay for it, Corporate Sales had to commit to reduce selling expenses
  from 22 cents on the dollar to 21 cents within a year of the handheld
  installation – increase sales at constant cost or reduce costs or a
  combination of the two

    By setting this target before the rollout, we focused the
    attention of each sales area on identifying ways to use the
    technology to change the way it did business and ensure
    that we achieved the anticipated benefits.
                                                 - CEO of Frito-Lay

  Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                    14
               Decentralization Facilitated
                  By Frito-lay System
                Information support for 4 geographic
                   regions with P&L responsibility


       Timely, accurate information for top management
         - NOT massaged & sanitized information

 Impact: 60% of corporate decisions pushed to regions
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                        15
                      An Invaluable Benefit
   "Management by Walking Around“ is Feasible

 Frito-Lay CEO can make a "computer tour" of operations
 “Can view the performance of each of our managers and
  salespeople around the country“
 Can fire off an electronic-mail memo if the view is not good
  or contact manager to congratulate on the good view

  Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                       16
                    The Frito-Lay System
- An Integrated Everyone’s Information System

Delivers timely and consistent information to ALL levels
of management and ALL functions:
• A sales support system for field personnel
• An Executive Information System for the top 200
• A market analysis and profitability reporting
  system for corporate staff
• Additional support systems for key functions:
  purchasing, manufacturing and logistics

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                          17
                   Major Payoffs from
             The Frito-Lay Enterprise System

  Compress the time taken for information flows….
  Sales data from the hand-held computers of salespeople provide
  the foundation for “time synchronizing” the entire
  business process:
  Purchasing      Manufacturing       Logistics      Sales

 Able to tie manufacturing to consumer purchases
  from the stores
   Reduced “stales” by 50%
 Micromarketing optimizes margin
   Able to target local demand patterns with just the
    right sales promotion
 Domestic revenues: $3B in 1986 $4.2B in 1989
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                          18
                        Some Lessons

1. Modern IT is a marvel, but to realize the potential, you have to USE it -
    to make each person more effective and efficient.
2. “Manumation” – mere automation of manual processes – will not
    generate the anticipated payoff from the IT investment.
3. Focus IT on Revenue Drivers and Cost Drivers.
4. Data by itself is worthless
    – It has to be converted into Actionable Information.
5. Availability of good quality „I” does not automatically guarantee its use.
    Problem: What do we do with the new “I”?
    The Management Process has to be changed, including the
    Performance Measurement and Reward Systems, to capitalize on
    the new “I”; and Training to implement the new process.
6. Get the Sequencing of IT projects Right !
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                       19
     Anheuser Busch Learns from Frito-Lay
      - Becomes a Data-Driven Company
 Chairman, August Busch III, changed the rules of the beer
  industry, a technological laggard, in 1997
 Amended contracts with distributors (about 700 in the U.S.)
  to demand that they start collecting data on:
     … how much shelf-space their retailers devoted to various
       beer brands, including competitors’ brands
     … which ones had the most visible displays
     … which locations had the displays
     … etc, etc.
     Sales reps of distributors equipped with handheld
     computers for inputting data when they “walk the store” –
     the handhelds are jacked into the rep’s cell phone for
     wireless data uploads to the servers in the warehouses

    Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                            20
          “ It’s Not Just Collecting Data…
      …Anheuser Busch is Smart in Figuring Out
                    How to Use It”
- Developed BudNet to collect the data in a nightly nation wide sweep
  of the distributors‟ servers
… Use the data to draw a picture each morning of what brands are selling in which
    packages in which stores using which medley of displays, discounts and promotions
… Then sends “new marching orders” to its distributors
“ Distributor- and store-level data has become the lifeblood of our organization”
“ If Anheuser-Busch loses shelf-space in a store in Clarksville, Tennessee, they know it
right away. They’re better at this game than anyone, even Coca-Cola”.

Bottom-Line: Anheuser has posted double-digit profit gains for 20 straight
quarters, while its nearest competitors, Miller and Coors, have flattened

“ Brewers and distributors with a clear data- driven focus will have a distinct
competitive advantage”. August Busch IV, President for Domestic Operations

    Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                   21
                 The Federal Express Case
           - IT Drives Innovative Business Model
• Founded in 1971, CEO states:
  “IT is absolutely the key to our operations”
• Unique Value Proposition – Guaranteed overnight package delivery
  - Time-certain Transportation vs. Holding Inventory
• Pioneered airbill bar coding for package tracking - information
  about the package is as important as the package itself.
• CEO’s Quality Goals:
  “100% on-time deliveries, 100% accurate information on every
  shipment and 100% customer satisfaction.”Won the 1990 Malcolm
  Baldridge Quality Award
   The measurement system is the key to our quality effort ...
   We had to come up with a system that actually measured our
   performance on every transaction - regardless of the fact that
   we are talking of hundreds of thousands of transactions.
   Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                22
              Federal Express Error Index

   12 Service Quality Indicators are monitored daily, e.g.:

     • how many packages were delivered on wrong
     • how many late ?
     • how many damaged ?
     • how many billing corrections ?
      The 12 indicators are weighted judgmentally
      according to their importance to the customer to
      produce the error index.

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                             23
                 Weights for the Error Index

        SQI Component                                                                                Weighting Factor
        Lost Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
        Damaged Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
        Complaints Reopened . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
        Overnight Wrong Day Late . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
        International Priority Inbound Wrong Day Late . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
        Other Wrong Day Late . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
        Late Pick-Up Stops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
        Traces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
        Right Day Late. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
        Invoice Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
        Missing Point of Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
        Abandoned Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
        Total Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                                                           24
        FedEx was an Aggressive First-Mover In Using IT

 1979       : COSMOS, the centralized computer system for package tracking on a
              real-time basis
 1980       : Launched a proprietary and then-revolutionary data network called
              Digitally Assisted Dispatch Systems (DADS) which enables
              dispatchers to use text messages to change drivers’ routes and
              pickup requests – still in use, DADS led to a 30% increase in
              productivity, the first day it was used.
 1984       : Standalone DOS-based automated shipping system for customers
              who ship over 5 packages a day
 1986       : Present generation of wireless handhelds to capture package data via
              a bar-code scan, which is downloaded to COSMOS when the
              handheld is inserted in the DADS unit in the truck.
 1998        : On-Line package tracking at FedEx.com – saw the Net as a low-cost
               alternative to call centers for reducing costs and improving customer
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                               25
                     FedEx Gets IT!

 “We consider our IT division a line organization; it’s an
 operating unit that is absolutely involved in the day-to-day
 operation of the company. We measure its performance.
 I’m just as close to the IT division as to our sales division --
 and the salespeople are the ones who bring in all the bacon.”

                                   1990          1998
         Revenues                  $8 B          $ 13.25 B
         Daily Package Volume      1.5 M         3.0 M
         Employees                 94,000        143,000
         IT Expenditure            $243 M        $1B

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                   26
FedEx Used IT to Expand its Core Competence
       From Moving Boxes to Bytes

 All major transportation and delivery companies from
 United Parcel Service to Ryder System are betting big on
 IT. The U.S. Postal Service has just announced a partner-
 ship with DHL for express deliveries from 11 cities in the
 U.S. to Europe. The package tracking information capa-
 bilities pioneered by FedEx have become industry norms
 rather than a competitive advantage.

 FedEx shifted to new pastures
 - Used IT to provide logistics services, for big
    manufacturers and retailers around the world

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                             27
                A Win-Win Tie-up
           with National Semi-Conductor
Nat Semi’s products from 3 factories and 3 subcontractors in
Asia are shipped to a FedEx distribution warehouse in

Nat Semi’s order-processing system on an IBM mainframe
in Santa Clara, California, sends a daily batch of orders
over a dedicated line directly to FedEx’s inventory manage-
ment system running on a Tandem machine in Memphis.

FedEx essentially takes over and fulfills the order from the
Singapore warehouse, and sends an execution record to Nat

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                              28
                The Value-Add for Nat Semi

 National Semi-Conductor reduced...
 ... Average Customer Delivery Cycle from 4 weeks to 7 days
 ... Distribution costs from 2.9% of sales to 1.2%
 National Semi-Conductor eliminated...
 ... 7 regional warehouses in the U.S., Europe and Asia
 FedEx has helped us prove that quicker cycle times and
 reduced costs are not mutually exclusive. It’s been five years
 of hard work and a painful change process, but we’ve
 succeeded. We used to have to deal with so many different
 nodes in the process -- freight forwarders, customs agents,
 handling companies, delivery companies, airlines. Now
 FedEx is our one-stop shop.

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                 29
                     A Lurking Threat for FedEx
                          … From the Net!
   Overnight Delivery: 50% of FedEx revenues
    - 25% of this business: Letter-size envelopes
    - Additional 15%: Paper documents such as contracts, legal briefs, etc.
   Alternative: Digital Delivery
    - Transmit documents electronically, or
    - Post them online; download when needed

“For now, the impact on FedEx is less than catastrophic. But online security is
improving. And businesses are starting to adopt contractual devices such as
digital signatures. As these technologies mature, the electronic transit of
everything from real-estate closings to legal settlements is poised to explode –
at the expense of shipping”

                             Source: Business Week, May 21, 2001, pp. 67-68
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                 30
UPS: From A Humble Seattle Messenger Service
Company Founded in 1907 to “Big Brown” Today

 A traditionally insular and conservative enterprise with a 1950s’ style
  engineering culture well into the 1990s
 Still, managed to reinvent itself time and again to keep growing
 Started overnight delivery by air only in 1985
 Set up a logistics services unit in 1994 to manage the supply chains of customers
 Went public only in November 1999
   Today: World’s Largest Shipping Carrier
   -2003 revenue: $33.5B vs. $24B for FedEx, but more profitable than FedEx
   - Annual Exp. on IT: $1B, same as FedEx, but FedEx revenues are 30% less
   - Aggressively moving into supply chain management for big companies such
   as Ford, HP, Nike, … , and deeper into Asia where the fast-growing factory
   sector is opening new doors for UPS
   - “What Can Brown Do For You – Synchronizing the World of Commerce”
  Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                           31
             UPS Adopted a “Follower” IT Strategy

    Started building the IT infrastructure in 1985

 Carefully followed FedEx’s tracks
     - Learned not just how to copy FedEx’s systems,
      - But often how to make them better and cheaper

 Example: Logistics Management Software
    - UPS took 15 years to build a system comparable to FedEx’s renowned
      COSMOS systems
     - But UPS chose a wiser approach:
     Built a more open system that made it easier for customers to incorporate
     into their existing systems than FedEx’s proprietary software that customers
     were forced to adopt
    Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                      32
           UPS Adopted a “Follower” IT Strategy

 Spent more than $20B on IT since 1985

 Slow Copycat Approach to IT Paid Off
  - By late 1990s, some big suppliers had begun to shift their logistics contracts
    from FedEx to UPS
     - One company in particular: National Semiconductor!
      - UPS also handles more shipments from Internet retailers (55%)
        vs. FedEx (10%)

    Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                        33
                     Some IT Firsts for UPS
                      …After a Late Start

1. Offer vital shipping information to customers via a wireless device
    - Customers can track packages, find the nearest UPS drop-off location,
      calculate shipping rate and find transit times via virtually any web-enabled
      cell phone, PDA or pager
2. Extend wireless tracking around the globe in their native languages,
   including traditional and simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese, as
   well as in English – the largest private wireless network in the world
3. Provide a range of online financial services tools to companies involved
   in global trade!
    - Track the flow of funds
    - Serve both exporters and importers by electronically automating the
      creation, execution and management of Letters of Credit
    - Track online the daily movement of C.O.D payments into their bank accounts

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                            34
                         UPS Reinventing Itself Again
                         - As a Logistics Outsourcer
    About 75% of UPS’ business still comes from small-package deliveries
    in the U.S.
    - But, by the mid-1990s, plain-vanilla parcel delivery was a mature business

 “The small package market is about $60 B in the U.S. whereas the
  world-wide supply chain market is about $3 T. So that’s where we see
  much of our growth… Let our customers focus on their core business
  and let us run the distribution networks”. …UPS CEO

 Spent more than $1 B since the year 2000 to buy 25 companies
  involved in freight-forwarding, customs clearance, finance and other
  logistics services

     Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                    35
                         UPS Reinventing Itself Again
                         - As a Logistics Outsourcer

 Able to help companies to manage all three flows of commerce: goods,
  information and funds

 Boosted investment in IT
  Completed a 7-year, $1 B expansion of tech-driven air-hub in Louisville, KY.
  In 2002, the most expensive project in the company‟s history
  Doubled the size of the hub to 4M square feet (the equivalent of more than
  80 football fields) and automated the express package sorting process with
  advanced customized technology - 304,000 packages per hour or over 84
  packages per second

     Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                   36
              The McKesson Case
       - IT was Key to Company’s Growth

• Look at IT from the perspective of the Value-Added Chain
• Use IT to execute each step efficiently and effectively
• Foremost McKesson: A Pharmaceutical Wholesaler-Distributor

                                                   Distri-   Selling
      Purchasing Receiving    Ware-    Packaging             to drug
      from Mfrs              housing               buting

• Payoff from using IT: More accurate tracking of
                        its principal asset: inventory,
                        More effective use of employees
                        - they can handle more items.
                        Cash turned over more frequently.

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                     37
Next: Used IT to Link with Customers

                       Ware-            Distri-
 Purchasing Receiving         Packaging                  Customers
                      housing           buting Selling

 • Put computer terminals in drug stores
 • Customers entered orders directly in return for which
   McKesson guaranteed delivery within a certain specified
 • Customers did order-entry for McKesson but their
   inventory levels were lower now

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                    38
         Real Strategic Use of IT came...

(1) When the product line was broadened by adding new items
    requested by customers
    - In addition, locking in the customers because of high
    switching costs to a new supplier - training personnel on a new
(2) When a whole new business was created for McKesson
     through IT
    - Claims processing and collection for McKesson’s
      customers from third-party insurance companies, saving
      the drug stores the cost of doing that job and speeded up
      the collection time
    - Developed a whole new product based on IT:
      Claims processing and collection - a middleman
      in the financial processing business
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                              39
          The Cardinal Health Case
- Use of “I” to Grow Beyond A “Middleman”

     Pharma           Product      Cardinal             26,000 Retail Pharmacies,
                                                            Hospital Groups,
      Mfrs.                         Health               Managed Care Providers

Customer’s “Pain Points”:

 1. Growing cost pressures for maintaining quality care
 2. Complex task of managing patient and financial information
 Source: Harvard Business Review, July 2002

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                             40
    New Businesses Developed by Cardinal
         - To Meet Customer Needs

1. Hosted Information Systems for Hospital Pharmacies
   - Used its expertise in inventory management and procurement
2. Automated Transaction Systems for ordering and dispensing
   medications, and distributing them to hospital patients
   - Reduced loss and theft, improved accuracy and captured
     valuable operational data
3. Moved into Hospital Pharmacy Management Services
   - Staffing, Consulting, Outsourcing of the Pharmaceutical Functions
4. Introduced a “Franchise” option for Independent Retail Pharmacists
   - Offered them Information Systems, Marketing Resources, and
     Purchasing Power

   Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                              41
    New Businesses Developed by Cardinal
          - To Meet Supplier Needs

1. Design and Produce Customized Packaging for Drugs
   - Used the “I” about the market
    - Reduced manufacturing and distribution costs by linking the two costs for
      JIT replenishment and smaller inventories
2. Aggregated Demand for Less Common Dosage Forms from Multiple
   Pharma Companies
   - Achieved scale production advantages for products like freeze-dried
3. Produced Custom Packaging of Certain Drugs for Hospitals
   - A need that pharma companies could not meet with their siloed
     manufacturing operations

   Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                     42
                     Created a New “I” Product

     To package and sell real-time information about wholesale and
      retail sales to pharmaceutical marketers
    - A byproduct of its distribution and pharmacy management

A Huge opportunity for Companies to Leverage their “I” Asset
… Although information systems are expensive and time-
consuming to build, once the software has been developed
and the information has been captured, they can be reused at
very low marginal cost

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                               43
           Cardinal Moved Beyond
    Delivering Pills from Point A to Point B
 A major player in a dramatically larger market
     … Consulting, IT, Drug-packaging Design and Manufacture,
       Pharmacy Management
 Manages more pharmacies than all its competitors put
     … Handles prescription benefits for nearly 3M individuals
     … Provides automated drug deliveries to 4M patients a day

- Huge new revenue stream with higher profit margins
- Double-digit growth rates in the past decade outpacing its
  nearest competitors
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                               44
                           Food for Thought
1. IT Innovation is NOT Just About Technology
   - It must deliver a significant “value-add” to customers.
2. First-Mover Advantage on IT Innovation
   - Does not last long since competitors will catch up.
3. IT Innovation is a Continuous Process
   - Capitalize on IT opportunities for reducing pain points of customers and
      becoming a one-stop shop.
4. Using IT to Lock Customers In
   - High switching costs deters customers from switching to competitors
   - Should be wary though of competitors trying to steal customers
       with irresistible value-adds
5. A “Follower” Strategy May Be Better
    - Can learn from the successes and mistakes of early movers
    - Not only can unnecessary costs be avoided but the learning may enable
      building of better systems
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                         45
 Wal-Mart : A Simple Business Model

   Walton figured out that most of the costs gets added after the
   product leaves the factory and moves through the supply
          Mfg.  Wholesaler  Retailer
 - 20% - 30% of retail price spent on keeping inventory in
    3 warehouses
 - Walton eliminated the wholesaler
 - He instituted JIT inventory practices using “real-time”
   flow of information from store‟s sales floors to plants that
      What to produce? When to ship? To which stores?
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                   46
                             Wal-Mart after 40 years …….
                                 Lord of the Things
• Annual 2001 sales: $220 billion
 …..More than all other general-merchandise retailers combined
• #1 Food Retailer in the U.S.: $56 billion in 2001
  ….. Opened since 1985 over 1000 massive dept./grocery supercenters, at 200,000
  sq. ft. bigger than 4 football fields
• # of employees worldwide: 1.28 million
….. More than the US Postal service ; # in China : 4,000
• # of Suppliers : 30,000
….. In every continent but Antarctica
• Value of 100 shares bought in 1970 @ $16.50 per share: $11.5 million
• Wal-Mart’s % of P&G's $40 billion in annual sales : 15%
• Terabytes of data in data warehouse in Bentonville: 500
  - Terabytes in the data warehouse of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service: 40
• Typical starting hourly wage: $6.50
Source: Business 2.0, March 2002
  Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                47
                 IT is Critical for Wal-Mart’s
               “Everyday Low Price” Strategy
 Invested in most of the waves of retail IT systems earlier and
 more aggressively than its competitors
 - Set industry standards in IT
  1969       : Used computers to track store inventory
  1980       : Adopted bar codes
  1985       : Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) with suppliers
  Late 80’s : Wireless scanning guns
  2003       : Mandated its 100 largest suppliers to place RFID (Radio Frequency
               Identification) tags on the boxes and pallets shipped to Wal-mart
               stores by January 2005
Focus of IT Investments:
Applications that directly enhanced its core value proposition – EDLP – and
increasing sales through micromerchandising
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                             48
               Wal-Mart’s Data Warehouse

Current Level of Storage Capacity
   – Second only to the U.S. Government’s
   – Several times the level of Sears

Information is shared with its own buyers AND
suppliers – 100,000 queries a week on purchase
patterns or checking on a product

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                               49
            Value of the Data Warehouse

Wal-Mart’s Buyers
 Help to time merchandise deliveries so that its shelves stay stocked,
  but NOT overstocked
 Keep inventory levels leaner and turning faster
  – a MUST for retailers of perishable products and predictable fashion
 Vast and detailed data on sales, profit margins and inventory exceeds
  what many manufacturers know about their own products
 Wal-Mart opened its data vault in January 1999 to its suppliers
  – Cements Wal-Mart‟s power over them

 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                  50
                    All That Data Is Mined!
                      - Doing it since 1990
Analysis of its 90 million shopping cart transactions per week
 - To see how the purchases of the different items are related.
 - Company can then better identify different items to market together.
Obvious examples:
 - Charcoal and tongs go alongside the barbecue grills
 - Tiny baggies next to the pretzel boxes so Mom can pack snacks for
   the kids
A not so obvious example!
 - Customers who buy Barbie dolls (it sells one every 20 seconds) have
   a 60% likelihood of buying one of three types of candy bars
                                                     Source: Forbes, Sep 5, 1997

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                           51
                       Micromerchandising Pays Off

                                Sales per square foot


   Dollars ($)


                         2000          2001             2002

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                         52
             Wal-Mart Stays Ahead of Competition!

       Competitors began to adopt many of Wal-Mart’s IT innovations including EDI and
       wireless bar code scanning in earnest in the mid-1990s. Target’s vice-chairman
       acknowledges that his company is “the world’s premier student of Wal-Mart”. Still Wal-
       Mart’s productivity measured by real sales per employee is higher than competitors.

                1995              Sales per employee, $ thousand
Wal-Mart                                             148 Wal-Mart                                                        181

  Kmart                                 109                   Kmart                                           133

  Sears                         87                            Sears                                     118

     In 1987, Wal-Mart had just 9% market share but was 40% more productive than its
     competitors. By 1995, its share had grown to 27% while its productivity advantage
     widened to 48%. When competitors reacted by adopting Wal-Mart’s innovations, they
     managed to increase their productivity by 28% from 1995 to 1999 while Wal-Mart raised
     the bar further by increasing its own efficiency another 20%
                           Source: “Retail: The Wal-Mart Effect”, The McKinsey Quarterly, 2002, No. 1
       Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                                            53
       Wal-Mart Changed Retailing Economics

           Company                     Selling, General & Admin.
 (Latest 12 months in 1994-95)          Costs As a % of Sales
            Wal-Mart                              15.8%
                                             (19.4% in 1984)
           Circuit City                           19.0%
             K-Mart*                              22.2%
             Caldor*                              24.4%
            Bradlees*                             29.4%
      Federated Dept. Stores                      33.3%

 *Now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
 Source: Business Week, Nov 27, 1995
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                  54
              IT Innovation Is NOT Enough…

  … At least half of Wal-Mart‟s productivity edge stems from managerial
  innovations that improve the efficiency of stores and have nothing to
  do with IT.
 For Example:
 Cross-training of employees allows them to function
  effectively in more than one department at a time.
 Better training of cashiers and monitoring of utilization can
  increase productivity rates at checkout counters by 10% to

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                    55
               Wal-Mart’s Management Process
                         Key Features

1. Low Wages… But “Golden Cuffs”
  --All employees have stock options
  “After nearly 25 years at the company, Shirley Cox, a cashier, still earned barely
  $7.00 an hour. But she retired in her 40s on $250,000 of company stock…. the
  stock is a prevailing theme for everyone at Wal-Mart… if you hang around long
  enough, you can make a fortune on the stock.”
2. Employees hence have a stake in the company doing well
3. No class system, thus fending off all attempts at unionization
  -- all employees are called “associates” drumming home the notion that managers
  and workers are partners
4. Promote from within
  -- In 1996, 5,900 workers moved up to management jobs
  -- 60% of the 30,000 managers are former hourly workers

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                      56
               Wal-Mart’s Management Process
                         Key Features

5. Empowering of Front-Lines
 -- Wal-Mart gives them information at their finger-tips and the freedom to act.
 “If someone asks me how we manage a $100 billion company, I tell them a store at
 a time, and we constantly challenge that unit to make it the best.” – CEO
6. Management will not tolerate “shrinkage”
 Loss, theft and damage of inventory is capped at around 1%
 Other retailers settle for 3% - 5%
7. Keeping Track of Competitors’ Prices
 “Later that afternoon, she leaves the store for an hour to compare prices at nearby
  Kmart and Target stores. She is reimbursed mileage. If a competitor‟s prices are
  the same or lower than Wal-Mart‟s, she consults with her supervisor about cutting
  her own prices up to 5 %.”
8. Work Ethic, Disdain for Extravagance and Customer-Centric
 Wal-Mart‟s corporate offices are cramped, dingy and cheaply              furnished.
 Walton believed that executives should spend more time on the      selling floor than
 behind desks
Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                      57
Bentonville, Arkansas, Does Not Come to the World
                     - The World Comes to Bentonville!

        It Buys the Most
        Company                         % of its total sales to Wal-Mart
        Tandy Brands Accessories        39%
        Clorox                          23%
        Revlon                          20%
        PJR Tobacco                     20%
        Procter & Gamble                17%

        It Sells the Most Products
        Company                         Wal-Mart’s U.S. market share
        Dog Food                        36%
        Disposable diapers              32%
        Photographic film               30%
        Toothpaste                      26%
        Pain remedies                   21%
                                     Source: “One Nation Under Wal-Mart; Fortune, Feb. 18, 2003
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                                58
           A Telling Example of Wal-Mart’s Growth
               - Went Past Toy “R” Us by 1998

Toys “R” Us: Largest Toy Retailer in the U.S.
   --- Value Proposition: Choice, Quality, Reasonable Price
   --- Displaced Dept. Stores and small specialist toy retailers
   --- 25% share of the market – Before Wal-Mart!
Wal-Mart: Largest Toy Retailer: 25% market share
 --- Toy “R” Us Share: 15% (2003 Sales: $11B)
 --- Value Proposition: One better than Toys “R” Us PRICE
   --- Super-efficient supply chain
   --- Mass retailer, with a broad diverse inventory
   --- Can afford to use toys as a loss-leader (lose money on toy sales) to lure in
        customers who then purchase higher-margin goods
       - Toys “R” Us just doesn‟t have the luxury
Source: Wall Street Journal, August 31, 2004
 Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                                    59
              41 Years of Nonstop Growth

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                          60
  “Sense & Respond” Management Process of
     Wal-Mart : Why They are Unbeatable

Disappointing sales on Friday, Nov 26, 2004
(the day after Thanksgiving),

Traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year

- Wal-Mart knows it literally at the end of the day
  Because of their state-of-the-art information system

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                        61
 How did Wal-Mart Management respond to it?

1.      Within a couple of hours, Michael Duke, the president of
        Wal-Mart, had gotten messages on his Blackberry that sales
        were off at stores around the country.

2.      He brainstormed with execs and store managers about
        which products to mark down.

3.      A team met over the weekend to finalize the list and contact

4.      On Tuesday, stores nationwide offered the new prices.
Source: www.fastcompany.com
     Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                            62
 How did Wal-Mart Management respond to it?

5.       On Thursday, Wal-Mart broadcast a video for its stores
         suggesting new displays.

6.       The next day, the displays were up, and a new ad campaign
         was underway.

7.       On Saturday, the company conducted a meeting with 500
         employees asking for more ideas -- and acted on 21 of their
         The result? The retailer expects December
         sales to be up three percent. Although it's not
         the holiday season it had initially hoped for, it
         represents a heck of a comeback.
Source: www.fastcompany.com
     Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                            63
               At the End of the Day…
          It’s How We Use IT That Counts

               IT is a Means to Executing a Smart Strategy
 1. Simply following IT trends can backfire.
    Smart companies analyze their economics carefully and spend
    aggressively on IT applications targeted at those levers that have the
    greatest impact on productivity
 2. A prerequisite for getting returns from IT investments is managerial
    innovation. Business managers should lead the way, reshaping their
    companies‟ processes and practices so that the full benefits of new
    information systems could be realized
 3. Focus on value-adds for the customer
    “There is only one valid definition of a business purpose: to create a
    satisfied customer”. Peter Drucker, The Practice of Management, 1954

Dr. Lakshmi Mohan                                                       64

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