ORLANDO, Fla. — The ongoing recession is not only affecting Wal-Mart's bottom line, but also its supply chain practices, observed Gary Maxwell, Wal-Mart Stores' senior vice president, international supply chain, at an industry conference here last week. The recession “has caused us to tighten our belts and carry less inventory,” Maxwell said during a morning panel discussion at U Connect, the annual conference sponsored by GS1 US, the U.S. standards organization based in Lawrenceville, N.J. ...

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