The pressure is on direct-store delivery, but relief may be on the way in the form of standardized electronic communications between retailers and manufacturers. DSD, the well-known process of delivering product from the supplier directly to the supermarket, bypassing the warehouse, is being challenged nowadays because of sheer volume. Over the last decade, DSD products have grown to become nearly a quarter of all sales in supermarkets. Included are such popular "staples" as soft drinks, ...

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