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    Wal-Mart Selects Partner for Final Leg of In-house Logistics Program

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Following a test that resulted in a reduction of stock-outs, improved store efficiency, and increased sales, Wal-Mart yesterday selected a supply chain management provider to help improve store efficiency through its Remix program.

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Following a test that resulted in a reduction of stock-outs, improved store efficiency, and increased sales, Wal-Mart yesterday selected a supply chain management provider to help improve store efficiency through its Remix program.

    The Remix program, which is designed to help streamline efficiency at the store level, will result in each Wal-Mart store receiving smaller, more frequent orders. For many vendors this will shift their delivery mode from truckload to less-than truckload (LTL). DSC Logistics, a Chicago-based supply chain services provider, will assist Wal-Mart's suppliers to improve service and lower their supply chain costs by offering truckload delivery efficiencies for (LTL) suppliers.

    DSC's consolidation program, called Multi-Vendor Optimization Strategy (MOST), allows participating suppliers to maintain product inventory at any, or all, of the five MOST consolidation centers that are located in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Allentown.

    The logistics company will consolidate these orders from multiple Wal-Mart vendors and deliver full truckloads to each of Wal-Mart's 39 regional Remix distribution centers, avoiding the inefficiencies of LTL deliveries while benefiting from less expensive truckload service.

    "Our MOST program offers Wal-Mart suppliers improved delivery reliability which minimizes stock- outs and leads to increased sales," remarked Ann Drake, chief executive officer, DSC Logistics. "MOST provides a way to economically and efficiently ship products with short lead times and smaller quantities to Wal-Mart."

    In other news, 100 Wal-Mart stores will have Coinstar self-service coin-counting machines installed, under an agreement with Coinstar. The deal is not a long-term commitment, according to Coinstar.

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