SALT LAKE CITY -- About half of Affiliated Foods member stores are making nonfood promotion buying decisions at the store level, rather than through the wholesaler. Additional members are expected to shift to the new approach by the end of the year. At least 315 member stores are now using a nonfood department manager to supervise general merchandise and health and beauty care decisions for seasonal and holiday promotions. Previously, 19 warehouse nonfood field advisers provided buying ...

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