THE LEARNING CURVE

The back-to-school season has become a balancing act for supermarkets.When nonfood buyers shop the upcoming School & Home Office Products Association Show, Nov. 17 to 20, in New Orleans, they'll be looking for deals on commodities that will allow them to compete with the mass merchandisers, drug stores and category-killer office-supply superstores. At the same time, they'll be scouting for less price-sensitive

The back-to-school season has become a balancing act for supermarkets.

When nonfood buyers shop the upcoming School & Home Office Products Association Show, Nov. 17 to 20, in New Orleans, they'll be looking for deals on commodities that will allow them to compete with the mass merchandisers, drug stores and category-killer office-supply superstores. At the same time, they'll be scouting for less price-sensitive items such as licensed goods and computer-office supplies, which

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