An online survey conducted by SN illustrated the varied concerns among different segments of the food-distribution chain. If retailers and wholesalers could change one thing about the industry, they said, they would somehow reduce the competitive advantage enjoyed by Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark. While some companies on the supply side also expressed concern over Wal-Mart's threat, most instead said they would like to see the elimination of trade allowances. The survey, conducted last ...

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