HOUSTON -- Wakefern Food Corp., Elizabeth, N.J., has dramatically cut backroom inventories while increasing same-store sales through an enhanced computer-assisted ordering program. Same-store sales increases ranging from 15% to 25% for several stores can be directly attributed to use of the enhanced ordering system, said Natan Tabak, chief information officer. Tabak noted that one store using the system reduced backroom stock by 60%, the equivalent of 12 grocery pallets containing about ...

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