BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here is improving the flow of perishables through its supply chain with the aid of reusable plastic containers supplied by third parties. "It's a returnable-container initiative," said Bruce Peterson, vice president of perishables for the large retailer. The returnable-container program is similar to pallet pooling in that the third-party owns the asset and the retailer rents it, according to Peterson. The stackable plastic containers move from the ...

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