PALM DESERT, Calif. -- A senior Wal-Mart Stores' executive told a supplier-heavy audience here last week that the discounter hopes to shore up its vendor relationships in advance of plans to open 40 supercenters in California during the next few years. "We don't have all the suppliers we need," said Bruce Peterson, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, perishables, in a presentation at the 35th National Deli Seminar of the Dairy Deli Bakery Council of Southern California. ...

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