WASHINGTON -- Though it has far fewer stockkeeping units than a supermarket -- about 400 -- McDonald's, Oak Brook, Ill., operates 31,000 units worldwide, and has to carefully control its inventory. Thus, the fast-food operator has been implementing a supply chain system from Manugistics both in this country and abroad that has had a major impact, reported Rob Bauer, information technology director for supply chain at McDonald's, at a recent users conference held here by Manugistics, ...

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