Warehouse. Even the word gives modern manufacturers the heebie-jeebies as they work to slim down and modernize their processes. If it's in inventory, it's waste. But warehousing remains the rule, rather than the exception, in the replacement side of the auto business, admits Robert Torney, packaging engineer for DaimlerChrysler Corp. (DCC) at the Mopar national depot in Marysville, MI. And with some analysts pegging costs to a vehicle after it leaves the factory at $6,200 for ...

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