The race is on for wholesalers to make their transportation departments a center of efficiency, not costs. "We have our own private fleet and we think that's the way to go," said Pete Lima, transportation manager at Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich. "But we still have to prove our worth because there are a lot of third-party options out there." The high costs of maintaining a private delivery fleet are enticing a number of wholesalers to consider outsourcing operations to third-party ...

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