Originally Posted by Betterread
Can you be more specific? G.M. and Target have many connections: the number of employees, executives, and board members that have worked at both companies is too numerous to mention.
Cereal is too big of a business for Target to play favorites because they're in the same city when Kellogg's is the bigger overall player in the category. Kellogg's as a company has enough leverage to make sure that doesn't happen. And there are laws against the very type of thing your'e suggesting. And most Target shareholders do not reside in Minneapolis and I doubt they care much that Mills HQ is in the same city. They gain nothing by giving special treatment to one of the two biggest players in the cereal category. I don't know why they would do it. There's nothing to gain by it and a lot to lose given the illegality of it all. And Kellogg's has plenty of influence at places like Target even though they are geographically located in a different city. Go in any Target and see who has more shelf space. It ain't General Mills.
Two large publicly traded companies who happened to be headquartered in the same city really has no relevance in how they operate. I really don't think P&G has any special privileges in Kroger.