Occasionally, an event will force a company to reconsider its strategic use of technology. For Unified Western Grocers, that event happened about four years ago when its original entity, Certified Grocers of Los Angeles, acquired United Grocers, Portland, Ore. The merger of the two into Unified, a cooperative based in Commerce, Calif., brought with it the inevitable integration challenges. The question was, should the acquired company simply adopt the systems used by its acquirer to the ...

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