A most intriguing sequence of events has played out in recent weeks. It concerns the decision of Kmart Corp. to award its considerable grocery business to one wholesaler. The saga has been chronicled on the front pages of the past few issues of SN. In brief, here's the situation: For the past several years, Kmart has been sourcing consumables offered in its discount and supercenter stores from several wholesalers, most recently Supervalu and Fleming. Early this year, Kmart let it be known ...

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