ELIZABETH, N.J. — Jeff O'Brien makes the hour-plus drive from his office at Wakefern Food Corp.'s former headquarters here to St. Joseph's University about one a month or so to take classes in the Executive Master's in Food Marketing program. But one of his classes recently required a trip of much longer duration — a flight to Ireland, where he observed a way of doing business that offered fresh insights for his own responsibilities as merchandising manager for Wakefern's 60-store Southern ...

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