INDEPENDENTS URGED TO BATTLE WAL-MART ON HBC

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (FNS) -- Independents can improve their competitive position against Wal-Mart's supercenters and its new Neighborhood Markets by paying closer attention to health and beauty care margins and improving store-brand promotion, Bill Lancaster, vice president for sales at Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, said here last week.Lancaster, who spoke at the annual convention of the

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (FNS) -- Independents can improve their competitive position against Wal-Mart's supercenters and its new Neighborhood Markets by paying closer attention to health and beauty care margins and improving store-brand promotion, Bill Lancaster, vice president for sales at Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, said here last week.

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