There's little doubt that one of the greatest competitive threats to conventional supermarket companies today comes from mass merchants, especially the biggest one, Wal-Mart. Already a major force in food retailing, Wal-Mart plans to open around 150 additional dual-format Supercenters this year. Besides its size, what makes Wal-Mart formidable, of course, is its world-class technology and logistics prowess, which it has honed over many years. Especially on supply chain matters, Wal-Mart ...

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