SAN DIEGO -- It's fitting that the General Merchandise Distributors Council Marketing Conference is taking place here in this military hub. Supermarket buyers convening June 1 to 5 are seeking to arm themselves with the latest general merchandise products and promotions that will help them do battle against their mass-merchandiser and drug store rivals. "The state of the general merchandise categories in the independent retailers is generally not good at all," said Jeff Manning, this ...

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