PUBLIX SAID TO SLASH ITS HBC ASSORTMENT

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets here has been dramatically cutting its health and beauty care mix through efficient product assortment, according to several industry sources.The 430-store chain recently cut more than 100 items from the HBC section in a two-week period. The cuts were made in all areas, including hair coloring, shampoos, hair care items and cough-and cold medicines. To replace

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets here has been dramatically cutting its health and beauty care mix through efficient product assortment, according to several industry sources.

The 430-store chain recently cut more than 100 items from the HBC section in a two-week period. The cuts were made in all areas, including hair coloring, shampoos, hair care items and cough-and cold medicines. To replace the lost HBC stockkeeping units, the chain is aggressively expanding grocery SKUs, acc

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