RETHINKING HBC

Efficient product assortment is gaining momentum in health and beauty care departments as retailers attempt to eliminate duplication and maximize variety. But some retailers claim the process is cumbersome, fails to account for promotional funding and ultimately could reduce the floor space devoted to HBC. A recent industry study and a major retail test now under way will help determine how completely

Efficient product assortment is gaining momentum in health and beauty care departments as retailers attempt to eliminate duplication and maximize variety. But some retailers claim the process is cumbersome, fails to account for promotional funding and ultimately could reduce the floor space devoted to HBC. A recent industry study and a major retail test now under way will help determine how completely executives will embrace this concept. Story on Page 33.