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Harvest's new look.

Harvest's New Look

The folks at Acadia, owner of Harvest Foods, shrugged off talk of a recent deal that involved selling their Harvest stores in Kansas and Fort Smith but they're definitely sacking up a number of other changes.

Harvest is shifting to its own computer inventory monitoring system a la Wal-Mart. The move will reduce inventory backlog as supplies are replenished just as needed., but has some vendors squirming.

Jerry Garland, formerly with the Dallas division of Kroger, is responsible for upgrading the system as the company moves from being `broker driven' to `retail driven'. Other grocers around the country are following suit.

"It seems that everybody has taken a lesson from Sam Walton," an insider notes.

Harvest's potentially shrewd inventory move should boost its bottom line in the fiercely competitive grocery industry.
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Title Annotation:Whispers; Harvest Foods
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Sep 24, 1990
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