TULSA, Okla. -- Affiliated Food Stores here recently inked a deal to outsource its entire transportation fleet to a third-party transportation company. Over the last three years, Affiliated has outsourced more and more aspects of its transportation operations, according to Bob Rippley, president and chief executive officer of Affiliated. "It's more professional [outsourcing transportation]," he said. "We're not transportation specialists, we're in the food distribution and marketing ...

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