"Pounding away." In a 30-minute conversation with Larry Benjamin, the chief operating officer of Ahold's U.S. operations, the phrase comes up again and again. The operator of Giant-Landover and Stop & Shop, according to Benjamin, is “pounding away” at improving perishables quality at the venerable East Coast brands and is “pounding away” at shortening waits at checkout lines. It's “pounding away” at price perception, particularly at Stop & Shop, which Benjamin said still isn't ...

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