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A radical supply chain idea: Own your trucking operation

from The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)

Most manufacturing companies long ago outsourced their truck deliveries in the belief that outside experts could do the job more efficiently. Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., the largest U.S. maker and retailer of furniture, has resisted that trend. It owns and operates about 800 trucks and delivers the vast bulk of its own products from factories to stores. "We think it is a core competency," says Todd Wanek, chief executive of the family-owned company. more


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