Retailers are taking a cautious approach to ordering for the back-to-school shopping season, traditionally the second-busiest time of year, and taking advantage of better inventory tools by waiting longer to order back-to-school merchandise, according to industry executives. "We are getting smarter at supply chain. So what the vendor might perceive as being cautious may also just be (us) being smarter at how we use supply chain, how we use forecasts," Sears Holdings merchandising chief Ron Boire said.

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