[From iSource Business, May 2001] How do you get 700 new suppliers of all sizes and shapes integrated into your automated supply chain as quickly and as seamlessly as possible?
No, wait. That's too easy. How about tackling this project during a major corporate reorganization, which is capped by new product lines and a new name? Given the circumstances, this project may seem daunting, but HomeBase thinks it has what it takes to tackle supply chain integration and, ultimately, turn a profit by the fourth quarter of the 2002 fiscal year.
In September 2000, the Irvine, Calif.-based home improvement giant (which is one of the West Coast's largest, with 10,000 employees, $1.5 billion in annual sales and 89 stores in 10 states) began its experimentation with the