LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Fixed-price service contracts can make equipment maintenance more efficient, but retailers should take care to not eliminate competition among the contractors, said Randy McAdams, director of maintenance and utilities, Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., speaking at the Food Marketing Institute Energy and Technical Services Conference here. Many smaller contractors depend on big accounts like supermarkets, so when a chain centralizes its service contracts, that could put them ...

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