NEW YORK - The decision by Wal-Mart here to customize assortments is an idea whose time has come, industry observers told SN last week. Their comments came in response to the announcement by Eduardo Castro-Wright, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores USA, Bentonville, Ark., at the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference here this month, that the chain plans to segment its store assortments at all 3,200-plus discount stores and supercenters by ethnicity, income levels ...

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