ASSOCIATED FOOD ACCELERATES

SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores here is undergoing major surgery. After falling behind much of the industry in the areas of re-engineering and technology, the $940 million cooperative is attempting to bring its members up to speed by making radical changes in the way it operates, Richard Parkinson, president and chief executive officer, told SN."Our board was anxious to have Associated adapt

SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores here is undergoing major surgery. After falling behind much of the industry in the areas of re-engineering and technology, the $940 million cooperative is attempting to bring its members up to speed by making radical changes in the way it operates, Richard Parkinson, president and chief executive officer, told SN.

"Our board was anxious to have Associated adapt to changes they were seeing elsewhere that we were not making -- not simply to catch

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