Why do independent retailers deserve a special place in the hierarchy of the grocery industry? It's an appropriate question to ask in this special issue of SN that focuses on independent supermarkets, a breed of retailer that is often considered an endangered species. Recently, the definition of this class of retailer has changed. Independents are no longer narrowly defined as operators with 10 or fewer stores, or as retailers who rely on wholesalers for their products. I looked up ...
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