Wal-Mart strikes again. This time, the 800-pound, Bentonville, Ark.-based behemoth, noted for its directives to suppliers in areas like RFID, data synchronization and EDI, has made its presence felt in the vital, but often overlooked, area of unsaleables: products whose condition, age, or other defect precludes their sale to consumers. What Wal-Mart Stores did in this area was to require all of its suppliers to put a "Best if used by" date on all food products; the deadline was early 2004. ...

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