ORLANDO, Fla. -- Identifying new-product trends and maintaining vendor relations top the to-do lists of retailers attending the General Merchandise Distributors Council's fall general merchandise marketing conference here Sept. 11 to 16. George Satterwhite, director of nonfood at Affiliated Foods, Amarillo, Texas, said he plans to discuss promotional opportunities during networking sessions with suppliers. "We're pretty much wide open [for promotions] in all categories," he said. "All the ...

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