Supermarkets are no longer tolerating smashed fruits and vegetables and melted ice cream. In an effort to crack down on damaged goods, they are increasingly using third-party pallet pool leasing. Despite the drawbacks of an initially higher up-front investment, from Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., to Raley's Supermarkets, West Sacramento, Calif., supermarket chains are turning to pallet leasing as the preferred way to control product movement through the supply chain. Third-party pallet ...

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