During more than 22 years between 1990 and 2013 I had the privilege to lead Almacenes EXITO S. A. The larger retailer in Colombia and lived step by step its transformation from a company with four stores and 3000 employees to one with more than 600 stores and 40000 employees making it Colombia’s largest employer and at the time the largest corporation in terms of revenue with approx 6 billion dollars of revenue.
One of my most rewarding experiences during this trajectory is to have met Francoise Vandemie Martin CEO of ITC an international product sourcing corporation based in Grenoble France with which we have worked hand by hand for more than 22 years .
During all that time ITC proved to be one of our most productive suppliers and distinguished itself for its irrefutable efficiency, the quality of its products and its continues innovation and resourcefulness in a perpetual changing environment.
ITC provided us with a unique differentiation though excellent products of great value and quality finding always new and refreshing items that were delivered to us in very accurate timing reducing considerably our lead time from supplier to final clients.
It is maybe because its manageable size that this excellent sourcing corporation can have great speed backed by excellent communication and logistics.
Finally it is fair to say that the work of ITC went further from simply locating and buying for us innovative international products. ITC was also a very useful and trustable partner for many other aspects of the business as are the development of our range of private labels and building bridges for important and high qualified allies and partners .
I can say with certainty that apparat from our own direct sourcing and that if our parent company in France, ITC was, in my time, one of those suppliers that made it possible for EXITO to become the indisputable leader In the Colombian market with an extension now to other important Latam Nations.
There should be more companies like ITC. And more professionals like the lucky ones that Confirm it.