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  HISTORY  
     
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  1986-1996  
     
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  2006-PRESENT  
     

1966 - 1976

This decade heralded the rise of AWG — retailers were becoming aggressive. They began remodeling stores, and learned that using merchandising and operating techniques supported by AWG employees could benefit their stores.
The world became more price conscious than ever before, and AWG retailers delivered what the customer wanted. Computer technology found its way into the grocery business. In 1966, Electronic Data Processing was touted as a means by which to simplify routine tasks, including the elimination of out-of-stocks. Three years later, drop boxes and order sheets became a way of the past when an automated ordering system allowed stores to transmit their orders over telephone lines in just three minutes. A few years later, the first  
Universal Product Code (UPC) was rolled out which led to the arrival of checkout scanning in 1974. The revolution had started.

By the end of the decade, AWG had two new warehouses. In Springfield, a 300,000 square foot facility was built to replace the one destroyed by fire in 1970, and in Kansas City the long-awaited 565,000 square foot office and warehouse complex was ready for occupancy in 1972.
 
 
             
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