COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Suppliers need to shed their outdated notions about different classes of trade and consider the end consumer first and foremost, retailers told a gathering of manufacturers here last week. Jack Flanagan, executive vice president of business systems for Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh, said Giant Eagle is trying to look at what products are relevant to the customer, and urged suppliers to do the same when they come to him with products. "What I want to know is, what are ...

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