At the Food Marketing Institute's Midwinter Executive Conference in Boca Raton, Fla., last month, FMI Chairman Pierre-Olivier Beckers, president and chief executive officer of Delhaize Group, Brussels, Belgium, addressed the need for global standards in electronic communications between trading partners. "The lack of global standards creates costs, and we all pay," he said in a speech at the conference. "Systems need to be open and talk to each other." Beckers ...

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