CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Better forecasting and fewer last-minute orders are what's needed at the retail level in the private-label business. These were two of the findings of a new private-label study, which was the subject of a retailer/broker/manufacturer panel discussion. "No one ever wants to be late with an order or out of stock," said panel member Nick Hahn, grocery procurement coordinator at Kroger Co., Cincinnati. "The preferred-customer cards we use now have had a dramatic impact," ...

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