BRAINTREE, Mass. -- Nancy McDermott, Ahold's senior vice president who heads up BrainTree Sourcing here, the not-for-resale (NFR) division of Ahold U.S. Retail, pointed to the size of Wal-Mart Stores: 2004 sales of $256 billion. She then further contemplated its numbers. Not-for-resale, or indirect spending, is the nuts and bolts of an operation -- office products, supplies, store equipment and other services not resold to customers. It represents about 10% of a company's gross sales. In ...

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