BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Manufacturers take on increased handling costs by cross-docking products en route to supermarkets. But how these costs are paid for varies, said Judith Sprieser, president and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Bakery. In any event, the companies believe this practice provides a competitive edge. "Most of the savings are achieved on the wholesaler-retailer end of the supply chain," she said. "Manufacturers may at least initially incur an increase in merchandise handling ...

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