Retail link is a Walmart’s system used to tracks and store all point of sales data for the company. According to a recent article in The Economist , Data, data everywhere, Walmart handles more than 1m customer transactions every hour and stores of over 2.5 petabytes of data. A large amount of this data is available to Walmart supplier who can register for access to their companies information.
This allows companies to accurately track sales, manage inventory, review forecasts, and perform a variety of granular analysis to improve their business. According to mike Troy’s article, DNS Retail today, in 2005 Retail link had approximately 100,000 registered users running more than 350,000 queries a week.
The system has been a long held competitive advantage for Walmart stores, and is still a focus for the company today.
“Every day I wake up and Ask,”how can I flow data better, manage data better, analyze data better?”
-Rollin ford, Wal-Mart CIO The Econmist “Data data everywhere”
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