DALLAS — The ability for independent operators to improve their competitive position must come from a willingness by their wholesale distributors to reduce supply chain costs, David Schoeder, principal at The Food Partners, Washington, D.C., told the Executive Management Conference of the National Grocers Association here. The conference was closed to the press but a copy of the presentation was given to SN by NGA officials. “Sales growth from wholesalers' existing retail base will be ...

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