TULSA, Okla. -- Affiliated Food Stores here has moved 20% of its suppliers onto a new purchasing and inventory system, with the balance expected on line by the beginning of the second quarter of 1997. Affiliated's goal is to achieve a 10% reduction in inventory within six months of bringing all suppliers on board, said Robert Rippley, president and chief executive officer. "This purchasing system orders product when it's necessary to order, not necessarily on prescribed days like buyers ...

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