In this age of automation, it is commonplace to allow computers to automate processes previously handled manually by humans. When it comes to replenishing goods on store shelves, however, food retailers have been very careful about making this transition. Some retailers continue to use "eyeballing" of holes on store shelves as the basis for placing replenishment orders on handheld terminals, padding the order for promotions. Yet with out-of-stock conditions continuing to bedevil retailers, ...

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