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Thursday, January 30, 2003

"CATEGORY MANAGEMENT", OR PRACTICED MONOPOLY?
If you've ever walked into a store and considered that all the shelves look familiar, that's probably because they are. The latest wave sweeping the retail world is called category management, and it's being done by collusion between vendors and retailers, in the name of efficiency.

Excuse me, but don't these practices amount to monopolistic, or at least oligarchic, maneuvering? This is barely touched on in the article, but that's the main thing that kept coming at me while reading this.