Bob Ling, Unified Grocers

2014 Power 50 Wholesalers: No. 5 Bob Ling President and CEO Unified Grocers Key Development: Harvesting scan data to improve merchandising. What’s Next: Continuing to boost use of digital technology.

Unified Grocers in on an upswing.

Sales rose 4% during the first half of 2014, said Bob Ling, president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, and he’s looking for more of the same for the balance of the year, he told SN.

“The strengthening of the economy is making our retail members more aggressive in supporting our marketing efforts,” he said. “We’re also investing more in margin to help drive private label and center store sales, and we’re harvesting

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