SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS: OPTIONS IN ELECTRONIC ORDERING

Large chains ordering natural products find it's a breeze, thanks to their investment in electronic exchanges. Small to midsize food retailers, however, are often left to twist in the wind as they rely on the old-fashioned, time-consuming - and often error-prone - method of handheld bar code readers, or even pen and paper.Sources say that, depending on a store's assortment size, it can take from 30

Large chains ordering natural products find it's a breeze, thanks to their investment in electronic exchanges. Small to midsize food retailers, however, are often left to twist in the wind as they rely on the old-fashioned, time-consuming - and often error-prone - method of handheld bar code readers, or even pen and paper.

Sources say that, depending on a store's assortment size, it can take from 30 to 80 hours a week to order natural food and health care products manually; but until

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