It sometimes happens in food retailing that a retailer will stake out a leadership position in one particular technology application. The retailer invests more resources than anyone else in that application and may find that it gains a marked competitive advantage as a result. In RFID, for example, Wal-Mart Stores is far and away the industry pioneer. Wegmans Food Markets has led the way in the adoption of data synchronization with its suppliers. And when it comes to computer-based ...

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