Some food distributors come to the conclusion that their core competency does not lie in transportation, so they outsource some or all of the process. One large distributor, for example, decided to outsource part of its outbound deliveries to RUAN Transportation Management Systems, Des Moines, Iowa. RUAN, whose customers include Nash Finch, Fleming, Kroger and Marsh, manages the distributor's shipments, using mostly the distributor's trailers and some of its own. RUAN hires drivers, and ...

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