`Just In Time' Is Becoming Just A Pain

Toshio Yamamoto sells snacks and drinks from his "papa-mama" shop in a Tokyo suburb. More than 30 wholesalers trundle over at his beck and call, no matter how small the order. He likes to keep deliveries to just one day's worth of rice balls, dried squid, and red-bean rolls. "My customers demand freshness," Yamamoto explains. "And besides, I don't have any place to put it."

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