GETTING SOME WARES

CHICAGO -- The competitiveness in housewares today has forced grocery chains to go beyond a simple product offering on the shelf.Promotions and presentation, coupled with lower margins on top-selling housewares categories, have become essential in order for supermarkets to remain in the business.Besides looking for new product lines, retailers said they will be talking to vendors about consumer-drawing

CHICAGO -- The competitiveness in housewares today has forced grocery chains to go beyond a simple product offering on the shelf.

Promotions and presentation, coupled with lower margins on top-selling housewares categories, have become essential in order for supermarkets to remain in the business.

Besides looking for new product lines, retailers said they will be talking to vendors about consumer-drawing promotions, seasonal merchandise and new display fixtures at the Internat

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