The supermarket industry gathers in Chicago this week for the annual Food Marketing Institute convention. Beyond the official agenda of seminars and speeches, there's always a hot topic that everybody talks about. Most often, this subject takes the form of a threat to the grocery business. The hot topic for many years has been Wal-Mart. Everybody has always referred to this threat collectively as "other classes of trade," or "alternate trade channels." But it was Wal-Mart all along that ...

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