WASHINGTON -- A retailer can save nearly $2 million each year by automating direct-store-delivery systems and exploiting new technologies, according to a report by the Joint Industry Project on Efficient Consumer Response. DSD programs at Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, Calif.; Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, Calif., and Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, were studied over a 10-month period by Willard Bishop Consulting, Barrington, Ill., as part of a report prepared by the Direct Store Delivery Work ...

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