NEW YORK -- Partnerships between retailers and suppliers can provide supermarkets with a virtual second staff to boost sales and competitive flexibility in the fast-changing fresh segment, say two food industry veterans. John Vasapoli, director of produce sales and merchandising at D'Agostino Supermarkets, Larchmont, N.Y., and Robert Bildner, president of RLB Food Distributors, West Caldwell, N.J., have worked jointly for years on such routine matters as store resets to such unusual efforts ...

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