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As its mother company negotiates a potential merger with Ahold, Delhaize America has circulated a memo to its vendor partners laying out the progress it is making with its decentralization efforts.

The memo says that the company believes that the "transition will improve our internal efficiency and effectiveness, enhance clarity of roles and responsibility, increase speed of decision making and improve our overall connection with you our vendor partners."

The memo goes on: "When this transition is complete, Hannaford and Food Lion will have overall responsibility for Merchandising, Category Management and Pricing within the banner reporting to the Senior Vice President of Merchandising. Sourcing, Our Brands, Demand Management and Supply Chain will continue as Delhaize America shared services. Collectively, these functions will provide the governance and planning to ensure our banners operate with best practices and continue to leverage the size of Delhaize America. We strongly believe these changes will enable our banners to create a more effective organization that will better serve our customers, support future growth and create stronger alignment among all functions within the company.

"We are making these changes all in service of strengthening banner execution of its local strategies so that we can deliver on individual customer needs, while ensuring governance from a Delhaize America perspective."
KC's View:
I wonder if this is all being done in order to make it easier for Delhaize to sell off one of its US chains individually, if merger talks don't bear fruit.