MERCHANDISERS SEE STRONG VENDOR TIES

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Service merchandisers predict a good future even though trade relations with manufacturers have deteriorated in the last five years, according to a new study.In the next five years, electronic data interchange with manufacturers and retailers will greatly increase. Half of the service merchandisers in the study will provide special services for manufacturers, such as assembling

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Service merchandisers predict a good future even though trade relations with manufacturers have deteriorated in the last five years, according to a new study.

In the next five years, electronic data interchange with manufacturers and retailers will greatly increase. Half of the service merchandisers in the study will provide special services for manufacturers, such as assembling and shipping displays.

Twenty-four service merchandising companies took par

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