In 2012, gross retail sales volumes finally reached and exceeded the pre-crisis period of 2008. The industry is fully recovered from the recession, and majors set new milestones for business growth. Therefore the important task for logisticians in retail companies is to analyze main stages and projections for industry development, strengths and weaknesses of chosen market strategies, its impact to decision making process within distribution network designing. The article presents the periodization of the development of retail trade in Russia, market performance and description of market leaders in the industry at the current stage, key market trends and major strategic concerns. All these aspects are considered by the author in linkage with logistics management, structure and configuration of distribution network for retail companies.
Knowing of the history of profession is the basis of career self-identifi cation. The authors off er a series of research devoted to the study of the origin and evolution of such concepts as administration, management and HR-management. The fi rst part will study the problem of periodization of the history of management as a science, practices and phenomenon. The following parts of the work draw special attention to the evolution of HR-manager as a profession. The educational and scientific literature on the history of management off ers diff erent variants of periodization. Each scientist has his/her own views not only on the criteria of periodization or on the point of origin but on the methodology of periodization in general. In this paper the authors attempted to compare diff erent approaches and identify key problem areas in the process of periodization of the evolution of management theory and practice.