What a difference a year makes. Up until a year ago, worker productivity at Certified Grocers Midwest's 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse in Hodgkins, Ill., had been declining for four years. But over the past year, productivity has jumped close to 20%, reversing the recent declines. “We're now where we were four years ago,” said Todd Avery, director of distribution for Certified, a cooperative wholesaler serving 67 members and 267 stores across five states. Avery expects the progress to ...

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