Technology penetrated the retail and wholesale distribution center in the mid-1960s when IBM's Impact (later Inforem) system was introduced as a replenishment tool that also helped automate the filling up of store-bound trucks, noted Peter Charness, senior vice president of marketing, JDA Software, Scottsdale, Ariz. manager, Manhattan Associates. Atlanta, A&P, Kroger, Safeway and Tesco were early users. Prior to warehouse management systems, warehouse managers had to sort through a ...

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