RUBEL SEES CONVENIENCE ROLE FOR SUPERMARKETS

NEW YORK -- Tom Rubel has glimpsed the future of retailing and said he believes supermarkets will have a role to play in it, although the competition from supercenters will grow even more fierce by the end of this decade.Rubel, president and chief executive officer, Retail Forward, a Columbus, Ohio-based consulting firm, said last month at his company's 2003 strategic outlook conference here, "Supermarkets

NEW YORK -- Tom Rubel has glimpsed the future of retailing and said he believes supermarkets will have a role to play in it, although the competition from supercenters will grow even more fierce by the end of this decade.

Rubel, president and chief executive officer, Retail Forward, a Columbus, Ohio-based consulting firm, said last month at his company's 2003 strategic outlook conference here, "Supermarkets have a number of viable strategies, except for one -- standing still."

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