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Shelf-Help?

Looks like shelf space is still the corporations' turf.

By Stephen Barlas

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Don't expect the FTC to side with the Davids of the grocerybusiness against the Goliaths yet. That was the message in a letterthe FTC sent out in June rejecting a petition for changes in"slotting allowances" companies pay groceries for primeshelf placement.

"This response sends a chill up the spine of smallmanufacturers, whose ability to bring their products to consumersis being whittled away by the companies that control dominantshares of the marketplace," said Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), rankingmember of the Small Business Committee.

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