Speed, always an important ingredient in food logistics and retail technology, was an especially dominant theme in 2005. For example, one of the biggest news events of the year, Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath, underlined the importance of a fast and flexible supply chain. While some government agencies fell short in this regard, food distributors like Associated Grocers, Baton Rouge, and Wal-Mart, were well prepared and reacted with alacrity and precision to the needs of ...

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