IT provides business edge in battle of archrivals

In retail, manufacturing and logistics there are no bigger rivals than Home Depot vs. Lowe's, GM vs. Ford, FedEx vs. UPS, respectively. We look at how these fierce competitors are exploiting IT to gain an advantage.
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IT Provides the Firepower

In this era of digital disruption, it's no secret that technology can create winners and losers. These days, companies in a wide variety of industries boast about their tech prowess in TV commercials and Wall Street briefings. Here we look at the fiercest of rivals in three industries -- retail, manufacturing and logistics – and examine how each company is exploiting IT to gain an edge. Home Depot CIO Matt Carey, for example, sees competitive advantage in software for scheduling store employees and algorithms to govern product stocking. But each company has weaknesses, too, and must watch out for IT advances at obvious competitors and out-of-the-blue disruptors.

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