This is one race slow-and-steady is not winning. Striving to gain logistical efficiencies, retailers and wholesalers are employing economies of scale -- larger order sizes, smaller inventory item counts and many full pallet shipments. However retailers tie up a good number of SKUs in slow-moving items that tend to feed the very inefficiency the operators are striving to stem. Wholesale operators struggle to offer variety while providing efficiency. They face the challenge of controlling ...

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