GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In an effort to ease the flow of paperwork and reduce processing costs, wholesaler Spartan Stores, based here, has been working on a pilot test with several manufacturers to eliminate invoices by making payment based on the purchase order and shipping documents. "We've had a pilot project with Ralston Purina since June 1, and we began an additional pilot with another manufacturer Sept. 1, and there are a few more waiting in the wings," said Jim Swoboda, director of ...

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