Retail scorecards are now more than a decade old. The companies in this study had an average of more than five years of experience using retail scorecards. Buyers and suppliers now manage multiple scorecards simultaneously (in the same relationship) in trading partner communications. The most common scorecards are focused in the areas of supply chain.
As with any relationship, there is always a carrot and a stick. A carrot, or an incentive to do better, is a positive reward system given to affirm good behavior; while a stick is a punitive action for an unwanted behavior. Today, in the administration of retail scorecards, they are more focused on deductions and the withholding of payment.
The primary value of the retail scorecard is the improvement of on-time and in-full shipments. Both parties have the opportunity to use the scorecard to improve assortment and reduce total costs. Today, these opportunities are aspirational. Here we share the insights from the study and end with recommendations for both trading partners.