Unified Western Grocers: A Merger Inspires IT Innovation

Occasionally, an event will force a company to reconsider its strategic use of technology. For Unified Western Grocers, that event happened about four years ago when its original entity, Certified Grocers of Los Angeles, acquired United Grocers, Portland, Ore.y new and more complex approach to IT be taken?Led by Gary S. Herman, a longtime Ralphs executive who became vice president and chief information

Occasionally, an event will force a company to reconsider its strategic use of technology.

For Unified Western Grocers, that event happened about four years ago when its original entity, Certified Grocers of Los Angeles, acquired United Grocers, Portland, Ore.

The merger of the two into Unified, a cooperative based in Commerce, Calif., brought with it the inevitable integration challenges. The questio

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