Supply chain alliance forged

Montvale, New Jersey: Supermarket group The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and C&S Wholesale Grocers have signed a 10-year agreement to combine the supply chains of A&P and north east retailer Pathmark. A&P acquired Pathmark in March last year and the company said the new agreement would increase efficiencies across its distribution network and improve service levels. "This will provide cost savings in warehousing while benefiting all parties," said A&P president and CEO Eric Claus.