A sluggish economy, price deflation, recalcitrant consumers and intense competitive pressures have all conspired to hand the food-distribution industry enough challenges to call into question many of its core fundamentals. The veracity of that situation has been demonstrated in countless ways in recent months and various companies have stepped to the plate with new plans to deal with it. This time Safeway is at bat, as you'll see in a news article referenced on the front page of this week's ...

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