CONVENTIONAL BEHAVIOR

During all the excitement earlier this month with earthquakes, profoundly cold weather and, of course, the big meeting of executives in Boca Raton, Fla., one of the more significant industry developments to come along in a while may have passed unremarked. That development -- actually more of a slowly building theory -- is that the more Wal-Mart Stores heads into food retailing, the more it begins

During all the excitement earlier this month with earthquakes, profoundly cold weather and, of course, the big meeting of executives in Boca Raton, Fla., one of the more significant industry developments to come along in a while may have passed unremarked. That development -- actually more of a slowly building theory -- is that the more Wal-Mart Stores heads into food retailing, the more it begins to procure its products like a conventional food retailer. One of the most recent and compelling

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