Recently I've noticed that some supermarket companies are taking bold steps to use nonfood products and services to counter other retailers, like supercenters, big drug formats and dollar stores. About a month ago, a report from the U.K. research house TNS Worldpanel caught my eye. The study showed that British supermarkets have nearly doubled the sales they do in certain nonfood categories, such as entertainment software and apparel, over the past five years (See SN's March 6 issue). Could ...

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