Medline Industries Inc., a big manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies based in Northfield, Ill., has a healthy appetite for digital commerce.

The company, which makes and distributes more than 500,000 types of medical supply products and last year generated annual sales of $17.5 billion, recently finished a three-year $1.5 billion project to overhaul and update its supply chain, distribution, information technology and ecommerce systems.

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