JOINING FORCES

Multivendor product consolidation offers so many potential benefits -- freeing dock space for receiving, reducing turnaround time and damages, and increasing product freshness -- that it's no wonder the practice is gathering increased attention in the industry.Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, Maine; Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y.; A&P, Montvale, N.J.; Wakefern Food Corp., Elizabeth, N.J.; Albertson's,

Multivendor product consolidation offers so many potential benefits -- freeing dock space for receiving, reducing turnaround time and damages, and increasing product freshness -- that it's no wonder the practice is gathering increased attention in the industry.

Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, Maine; Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y.; A&P, Montvale, N.J.; Wakefern Food Corp., Elizabeth, N.J.; Albertson's, Boise, Idaho; and American Stores Co., Salt Lake City, all use some type of

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