Meijer, Safeway Work With Suppliers on Stock Levels

ORLANDO, Fla. Though out-of-stocks at stores have remained a seemingly intractable problem for retailers, a pair of retailers and a manufacturer at the Food Marketing Institute's Distribution/Supply Chain Conference here said trading partner collaboration may hold the key to progress. Manufacturers have walked away from the problem that's not the answer anymore, said John M. Castle, global senior

ORLANDO, Fla. — Though out-of-stocks at stores have remained a seemingly intractable problem for retailers, a pair of retailers and a manufacturer at the Food Marketing Institute's Distribution/Supply Chain Conference here said trading partner collaboration may hold the key to progress.

“Manufacturers have walked away from the problem — that's not the answer anymore,” said John M. Castle, global senior director, customer supply chain, Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill. “We want to w

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