SAN ANTONIO -- Supermarkets must still achieve double-digit productivity increases to stay ahead of the curve in distribution efficiency, and are still struggling with inventory levels 50% higher on average than they should be, according to James F. Clingman Jr., chief executive officer of H.E. Butt Grocery Co. here. In his keynote address at the 1999 Distribution Conference here, Clingman also said that retailers and wholesalers must look outside the supermarket industry, and even outside ...

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