Manufacturers and retailers are in striking accord regarding the progress made in overall shelf conditions, according to the 2002 Survey of Merchandising Service Practices by the National Association for Retail Merchandising Services, Plover, Wis. Nearly 55% of manufacturers and about 60% of retailers agree that shelf conditions improved last year. Manufacturers were a bit less optimistic, with 11% stating that conditions have deteriorated, compared to 3% of retailers who said the same. ...

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