GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Combining multi-temperature products into single trucks has resulted in significant transportation savings for Spartan Stores here, as well as lower unloading costs for retailers serviced by the wholesaler. Retailers such as Prevo's Family Markets, Traverse City, Mich., also report back-room inventory reductions of up to 50% and fresher produce due to combination load deliveries. "At Spartan, we used to ship all perishables on one truck, or all produce on one truck ...

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