LUBBOCK, Texas — As retailers scramble for ways to cut costs in the face of a tightening economy, some operators are turning to fresh-item management (FIM) technology that gives them a better handle on the most shrink-prone area of the store — perishables. For example, United Supermarkets, based here, which operates 48 stores across 26 markets in Texas, has been able to cut bakery shrink by 1.5% since it began using FIM applications from ADC, Tampa, Fla., more than two and a half years ago, ...

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