Thanks to the rise in interest in omni-channel distribution -- a retailing strategy that represents a convergence of brick-and-mortar stores, online, catalog and mobile sales -- manufacturers are being pushed by their retail customers to adapt their supply chains accordingly. The basic premise is that smartphone-toting consumers can place orders for products at any time, so retailers want to be able to fulfill those orders right away, not just next-day but increasingly same-day. For ...

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