CHICAGO -- A collaborative effort between Spartan Stores and Procter & Gamble to streamline distribution operations generated large cost savings, according to Jim Swoboda, manager of grocery purchasing at the Grand Rapids, Mich., wholesaler. "We were able, over a very short period of time, to reduce the amount of inventory we were carrying on P&G's products significantly. We took it from $6.5 million to $4.5 million, and we did that in several months," Swoboda said at a seminar on ...

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