NEW ORLEANS -- The cost of "lumping" -- the hiring of local casual labor to unload trucks -- has risen 44% in the past two years. That finding was among several presented during the "Inbound Logistics: Managing and Controlling Freight Costs" seminar at last week's Distribution Conference here sponsored by the Food Marketing Institute, Washington. A survey conducted by Arthur Wells Group, St. Louis, examined trends in the trucking industry and how they are affecting the supermarket ...

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