HANNAFORD IS TESTING CONSOLIDATED ORDERING

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. here is testing a distribution approach that consolidates orders and shipments from multiple vendors.The pilot program, which involves five manufacturers, a third-party distribution center and a broker, is ongoing but has already resulted in reduced order lead times for less-than-trailer-load shipments.Consolidated orders, or "clusters" of products, from different

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. here is testing a distribution approach that consolidates orders and shipments from multiple vendors.

The pilot program, which involves five manufacturers, a third-party distribution center and a broker, is ongoing but has already resulted in reduced order lead times for less-than-trailer-load shipments.

Consolidated orders, or "clusters" of products, from different vendors are placed by Hannaford via electronic data interchange.

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