Off The Shelf
The FTC takes a second look at retailer slotting fees.
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Businesses fighting for space on grocery shelves know howdifficult it can be to secure a precious few square inches fortheir products. Part of the reason is slotting fees, which someretailers charge small manufacturers as the price of gaining accessto their shelves. But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is takinganother look at these fees. A workshop held in Washington, DC, May31 to June 1 may have laid the groundwork for upcoming FTCenforcement actions.
"The demand for slotting allowances has increasedsignificantly, as have complaints about their exclusionarynature," says an FTC official, who declined to beidentified.
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