Ever since a package of Wrigley gum became the first product to be scanned at a checkout nearly 30 years ago, food retailers have dreamed about the ordering potential of scan data. If you could collect data on everything you sold, couldn't you use that data to trigger store replenishment orders? Sounds simple, but it wasn't, and with a few well-known exceptions -- notably Shaw's Supermarkets and Meijer -- computer-based ordering using scan data remained outside the realm of most supermarket ...
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