SPARTAN TO DROP-SHIP SOME NONFOOD ITEMS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores will begin a drop-ship program next month to assure that its 500 retail members receive timely deliveries of key merchandise categories that are subject to fashion-trend influences.General merchandise categories slated for drop-shipping are kitchen domestics, gadgets, socks and underwear, and licensed children's housewares.With this move the 500-store cooperative

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores will begin a drop-ship program next month to assure that its 500 retail members receive timely deliveries of key merchandise categories that are subject to fashion-trend influences.

General merchandise categories slated for drop-shipping are kitchen domestics, gadgets, socks and underwear, and licensed children's housewares.

With this move the 500-store cooperative hopes to boost profits and reverse the sluggish sales it has experienced in

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