2004 presented significant challenges to Center Store. Supermarkets faced enormous pressure on prices and margins, as alternate formats fine-tuned their own business strategies. Within the industry, retailers reset pet aisles, developed baby clubs and installed dollar sections to better compete with those formats siphoning off customers. 2004 was also a year of progress. Retailers made advances in many areas, particularly in regards to technology and merchandising. The economies of scale ...

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