The food distribution supply chain is often taken for granted or overshadowed by the splashier activities taking place in stores. But it once again proved its value and mettle in its response to the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes. While governmental agencies at the local, state and federal level were roundly criticized for their lack of preparation and tardiness in responding to Hurricane Katrina, retail distributors like Wal-Mart and Home Depot got considerable credit for being able to jump ...

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