Distributors that have taken to heart the call for greater supply chain efficiency use a variety of methods to accomplish their goals. Leading edge practitioners such as Vons Cos., Arcadia, Calif., and Richfood Holdings, Mechanicsville, Va., are employing initiatives such as significant use of cross docking and direct plant pick up to revamp the supply chain and bolster business success. For several companies, internal experience is the best teacher. Supervalu, Minneapolis, is using ...

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