ATLANTA -- A collections system that has led to dramatic improvements at numerous Fred Meyer divisions may be adopted at other chains operated by Fred Meyer's corporate parent Kroger Co., Cincinnati, a company executive said at a meeting here. The system, which got its start in 1994 at Smith's Food & Drug in Salt Lake City, has been spread through consolidation to other chains. The system began when Smith's established an in-house department and has since succeeded in cutting bad check ...

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