CATEGORY MANAGERS URGED TO WORK FASTER

PHILADELPHIA -- Supermarket category managers have to do their job faster and more decisively, because the pace of industry change is picking up and competition is getting tougher.That's the main lesson being taught by two buyers from a leading chain here, who double as instructors in the food program at St. Joseph's University.The two category managers, Russ Ruby and George Giorno, teach a course

PHILADELPHIA -- Supermarket category managers have to do their job faster and more decisively, because the pace of industry change is picking up and competition is getting tougher.

That's the main lesson being taught by two buyers from a leading chain here, who double as instructors in the food program at St. Joseph's University.

The two category managers, Russ Ruby and George Giorno, teach a course on category management and buyer-merchandiser roles. They offered insight into

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