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Independent retailers offer a depth of product knowledge and personal service that mass merchants cannot match; and yet they face the challenge of being able to buy efficiently and compete effectively. That’s where International Supplies can help – providing independent retailers that sell photographic and digital imaging products with the merchandise and tools they need to capitalize on their strengths and successfully leverage their buying power. International Supplies was founded in 1984 as a distributor of film, batteries, and other consumables to the photo retail channel. Today, with the advent and explosion of digital imaging, the company has extended its offerings to encompass products

Chicago Entrances & Exits: CE retailing options in Chicago thinned considerably last year with the departure of five area Elek-Tek and eight Egghead stores, as well as the transfer of Computer City to CompUSA and its virtual homogenization. Office Depot spread to the suburbs, opening stores in Waukegan, Hyde Park and Evanston. New Costco stores are scheduled to open in 1999 in Schaumburg and Oak Brook. Key retailers in the Chicago market continue to be Abt Electronics, Office Max, Circuit City, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Goldblatt and Sears. Retailers generally experienced an average to strong year, with the most change being an increase in

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