TO PARTNER OR NOT TO PARTNER

ARCADIA, Calif. -- According to Dick Spezzano, vice president of produce and floral at Vons Cos. here, the term "partnership" is used loosely these days to define almost any relationship between a buyer and seller.? Remember, you can't partner with everyone. Can that same company be a partner with you two years down the road? Does its business plan complement yours? Make your judgments based on how

ARCADIA, Calif. -- According to Dick Spezzano, vice president of produce and floral at Vons Cos. here, the term "partnership" is used loosely these days to define almost any relationship between a buyer and seller.

? Remember, you can't partner with everyone.

· Can that same company be a partner with you two years down the road? Does its business plan complement yours? Make your judgments based on how they've grown and performed in the last five years.

· Are they wil

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