Electronic data interchange is an integral component of the Efficient Consumer Response in frozen foods, retailers and wholesalers told SN. EDI enables manufacturers and distributors to gain access to a retailer's inventory. This helps them evaluate how a product has moved in the past and, therefore, how it will perform in the future, retailers said. As a result, products are replaced exactly when needed. "We don't have to carry as many weeks on hand because [manufacturers/distributors] ...

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