COOPERATIVES' GAME PLAN

There's a locus of change in the food-distribution industry that's as significant as it is virtually ignored: The vast changes sweeping cooperative wholesalers.Co-op wholesaling is a form of business founded at the dawn of supermarkets in a bid to ensure the survival of independent retailers. The underlying premise is that independent retailers -- often competing retailers -- would be better off pooling

There's a locus of change in the food-distribution industry that's as significant as it is virtually ignored: The vast changes sweeping cooperative wholesalers.

Co-op wholesaling is a form of business founded at the dawn of supermarkets in a bid to ensure the survival of independent retailers. The underlying premise is that independent retailers -- often competing retailers -- would be better off pooling their product-buying power instead of each facing alone the might of integrated r

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