Saturday, April 15, 2000 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Seattle Times staff: Seattle Times news services

SEATTLE -, the biggest Internet retailer, hired software maker Greyhound Technologies to help it develop a system to better handle orders and distribute products.

Closely held Greyhound provides software and services that help companies cut logistics and distribution costs by improving the way they track inventory. Greyhound has worked with before, the company said. Both are based in Seattle.

Companies that sell books, electronics and other products on the Internet are focusing on ways to improve their distribution systems to meet growing demand for online shopping. Some companies, like the online unit of Toys R Us, had trouble filling orders and shipping goods during the holiday-shopping season.

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