KOBE, Japan (FNS) -- Despite suffering heavy losses, Japan's major retail food chains sprang into quick action following last January's devastating earthquake here and kept supply chains open. Operators including Daiei, Jusco Co. and Ito-Yokado Co. persevered by relying on alternate distribution centers and advanced systems. Many rose to the occasion by providing relief and donations to hardest-hit areas. Chains were partly putting into practice lessons learned during recent disasters. ...

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