COMPTON, Calif. -- Ralphs Grocery Co. here has adopted standardized coding for its bulk produce after holding off making the move for some time. "We thought the benefits would improve price integrity, front-end management and produce shrink," said Kerry Hodges, vice president of produce and floral for the 174-unit chain. Ralphs made the changeover Jan. 12. "At this point, it's gone very smoothly from the results we've seen," Hodges said. Hodges said support from top management, ...

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