LAS VEGAS -- Though speaking at a technology vendor's user conference, an executive from H.E. Butt Grocery Co. said retailers can't rely strictly on systems to make important merchandising decisions. The art of retailing also plays a role, and it often comes from the stores. "I really think it becomes the ability of your merchants and operators to collaborate on what are the best items for a particular store, customer base and merchant grouping, and that's a lot of art," said Mark Beaty, ...

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