EFFICIENCY -- AND EFFECTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Companies pursuing more efficient distribution methods that change the dynamics of labor, such as cross-docking, anticipate more vocal opposition from unions this year."I think the Teamsters have awakened to the fact that this cross-docking that's gotten ballyhooed in the industry is ultimately going to mean less members for them," said a senior level distribution executive for a

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Companies pursuing more efficient distribution methods that change the dynamics of labor, such as cross-docking, anticipate more vocal opposition from unions this year.

"I think the Teamsters have awakened to the fact that this cross-docking that's gotten ballyhooed in the industry is ultimately going to mean less members for them," said a senior level distribution executive for a major wholesaler, who asked not to be identified.

"But that clearly isn't going

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