SAN DIEGO -- Shaw's Supermarkets, East Bridgewater, Mass., is harnessing the power of automated planning programs and historical data bases to turn its warehouse delivery scheduling into an exact science. Trucks arriving at Shaw's three distribution centers are now scheduled based on a list of criteria such as the load's importance to the buying department, the history of the carrier and the number of other trucks scheduled for that time slot. The retailer has also eliminated potential ...

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