Greg Vick believes that warehouses should be run in real time -- that is, on the fly. To that end, Vick, as director of distribution systems and Web development for Unified Western Grocers, Commerce, Calif., is helping the cooperative wholesaler transition from "batch-based" warehousing to the real-time version. What's the difference? A batch-based warehouse using little or no RF (radio frequency) technology merely "spits out orders" at the start of the day and "assumes that nothing will ...

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