How Contrarian Thinking Still Fuels Independent Growth

If the entire food industry finds consensus on a topic, you can be sure there's an independent retailer out there who strongly disagrees, and probably has a good point. Not all independents are contrarians. But because they own their own businesses or wear many hats, independents tend to exhibit healthy skepticism and challenge prevailing wisdom. That's usually a positive for their companies and the

If the entire food industry finds consensus on a topic, you can be sure there's an independent retailer out there who strongly disagrees, and probably has a good point.

Not all independents are contrarians. But because they own their own businesses or wear many hats, independents tend to exhibit healthy skepticism and challenge prevailing wisdom. That's usually a positive for their companies and the industry.

This trend was again evident at the recent National Grocers Associat

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