A question that has long bedeviled consumers shopping for a car — whether to lease or to own — is one that food retailers and wholesalers are increasingly asking about their trucking operations as they grapple with rising costs and new environmental regulations. Retailers have historically favored owning their fleets, sometimes supplementing their efforts with third-party carriers (dedicated contract carriage). For example, Food Lion and Sweetbay, two units of Delhaize ...
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