WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest brewers and their 3,000 beer wholesalers are making some pioneering efforts in electronic data interchange. The leading-edge participants are Budco, an independent Budweiser beer distributor, and H-E-B Grocery Co., both based in San Antonio. They have begun using a NEX system to speed backdoor receiving at stores and reduce invoice paperwork on beer deliveries. NEX, or network exchange, is one of two universal communications standards developed by the ...

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