The food industry ushered in 2001 with the first-ever Global Exchange Summit in Naples, Fla., and online, B2B exchanges appeared poised to take over the world. However, a more temperate enthusiasm has taken hold on the cusp of the New Year, and many operations are turning toward logistical efficiencies in an effort to cut costs and stay competitive in tenuous economic times. As testament to the state of e-commerce, there will be no Global Exchange Summit in 2002, according to sources at the ...

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