Logistics in the food-retailing business would be a lot easier if every item sold as briskly as milk, bread and bananas. Just load up the truck and ship the goods. When it comes to slow-moving items, however, the task is a lot more complex. Grocers grapple with how much to order, when to ship, and how to fill a truck. Yet slow-moving items are often a store's way of distinguishing itself from the competition and serving the needs of special ethnic groups who may be critical customers. ...

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