CATCHING UP WITH WAL-MART

While many retailers have invested in intranets and portals meant to deliver information to employees and managers at store level, few have developed external portals giving their suppliers real-time, Web-based access to company data.The most famous example of an external portal supporting suppliers is Wal-Mart Stores' Retail Link. Other food distributors known to be developing external/internal portals

While many retailers have invested in intranets and portals meant to deliver information to employees and managers at store level, few have developed external portals giving their suppliers real-time, Web-based access to company data.

The most famous example of an external portal supporting suppliers is Wal-Mart Stores' Retail Link. Other food distributors known to be developing external/internal portals include Unified Western Grocers and Hannaford Bros.

In addition, some thi

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