A&P, Montvale, N.J., outsourced trucking and warehouse operations. Associated Food Stores, Salt Lake City, outsourced its maintenance facility. Kroger Co., Cincinnati, and Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., outsourced refrigerated warehousing. These are just a few examples of an emerging trend: Supermarket operators are cutting the apron strings from some logistical operations in an effort not only to save money and gain efficiency, but to free up precious time to focus on more pressing ...
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