NEW-ITEM PROGRAM BENEFITS INDEPENDENTS

SALT LAKE CITY - In the past, Scott Smeding didn't find out about new products until he saw them on his competitors' shelves. Now, he can get a jump on his rivals when he gets new items like S.C. Johnson & Son's Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner kit, which came out last spring."They promoted it, and when it was introduced, they put shippers out there, and it just flew," said Smeding, a grocery

SALT LAKE CITY - In the past, Scott Smeding didn't find out about new products until he saw them on his competitors' shelves. Now, he can get a jump on his rivals when he gets new items like S.C. Johnson & Son's Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner kit, which came out last spring.

"They promoted it, and when it was introduced, they put shippers out there, and it just flew," said Smeding, a grocery manager at two-store Kohler's Food Stores in Lehi, Utah.

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