ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- It hasn't always been smooth sailing for Ahold in the United States. Since arriving on these shores in 1977, the Dutch global supermarket giant, based here, has faced many hurdles in turning an ever-growing number of chains into a network of companies sharing best practices and economies of scale. A number of banners struggled for a time with customer acceptance, and executives at various chains faced the challenges of restructurings as their companies were melded ...

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