Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 71
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 71

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 18, 1976
Page 71
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P.17 7-1 lona Bench Ff}"-iti»9ram,wedi»idavi March u, »J6 r-tt L-\ long D«rai IndtMndenl.ThundaY, March 1I, I»J4 Fight to keep price markings on foods moving to Congress By LOUISE COOK Associated Pr*ss The drive to keep supermarkets from removing price markings from individual packages has gained momentum at the state and local level and the battle is expected to switch to Congress next month. ' California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have passed legislation requiring individual prices on most grocery packages. Similar laws arc pending In about half the 50 slates. . At the local level, item pricing is now required in three suburban New York counties, in Chicago and in almost 20 other Midwest cities. t A spokesman for the Senate Commerce Committee said a revised version of federal item-pricing legislation probably will be introduced in April. THE CONTROVERSY STEMS from the introduction of the Universal Product Code, a device designed to cut supermarket checkout lime, eliminate errors and save money for retailers. Consumers first noticed the coding more than a year ago when funny little lines appeared on cans and packages. The code is used in connection with a computer system. A retailer simply programs his compuler to translate a particular combination of lines into a specific price. An electronic scanner "reads-" the code and automatically rings up the correct price, The computer ;··· SUPERMARKET ITEMS SHOW COMPUTER PRICE CODINGS ON LABELS APWlnphQiq Fashion Fabrics FASHION BY THE YARD Sale Good Thurs. thru Tues., Mar. 18-23 For Easter Sewing You'll Love Our Cotton Prints · Space Florals Geometries · From Our Best Mills .Suppliers · 45" Widths Available · 65% Polyester/35% Cotton. Values to 2.29 YD. /'"Coats Clark'" Red Heart 05 Wintuk Yarn V · 4 Oz. -- 4 Ply · You'll Love Our Colors I · 100% Orion* Acrylic Fiber Reg. 1.29 79 C SKEIN Blouse Dress Weight Gauze Prints · 45" Widths · Cotton Blends · The "Fashion" Cloth · N.Y. Mil! 77 YD. [Our Special Selection Of Lace Trim · These Quantities Are Limrted To Our Supply On Hand ; \ Hurry! 1 YD. Always An Easter Favortie! Flocked Sheers · 45" Widths · 100% Polyester · Permanent Press V · Excellent Patterns 129 YD. Hours: /election of notion/ Anywhere! Hours; Mon.-Fri, 10-9; Sat. 10-6; Sun, 12-5 5009 Hazelbrook LAKEWOOD (In Lakewood Center) (213) 531 -745 0 system also keeps track of inventor)'. Since the computer reads the code printed on the package, there theoretically is no need for individual price stamps. Instead, say retailers, prices can be listed on the shelf above or below an item. ELIMINATING PRICE stamps would cut labor cosfs for retailers. Some consumers argue, however, that shelf listings are not always accurate, partly because items frequently are moved around. They also say any saving for the individual shopper will be minimal. The Senate Commerce Committee held hearings last November on a bill that would require both item and unit pricing. Unit pricing is a system requiring prices to given by standard unit as well as by can or package. If a Kkiunce can of vegetables is 58 cents, for example, the unit price slicker would give not only the 58 cents, but also the price per pound -- 93 cents. The committee spokesman said that staff members were going over the legislation to incorporate information from the hearings for the revised bill. Among the changes will be exemptions for certain kinds of stores and products. Loose bakery goods, for example, would not be covered. "You can't really expect a price Lag for each bagel," said the spokesman. The Consumer Federation of America and the Retail Clerks International Association, AFL-CIO, are leading the fight against removal of individual price stickers. THEY SAY Tlffi inconvenience would far outweigh any savings. Studies show the savings would be "less than a penny per transaction," said Walter Davis of the clerks union. Midge Shubow of the consumer group added, "They're talking about such minute surns." She said one study showed a saving of J2.27 a year for the (hopper and added: "Consumers would gladly give up$2.27'a year to keep prices on." . : Although more than half of the items are marked with the Universal Product Code, the use of the^sysleni is still experimental. Only about two dozen sjores or chains have tried the scanner system. Even fever have removed prices. · JUST ARRIVED -- KfllSER PORCELAIN i ' From VASES 11 West Germany ll JWradhrely Priced From 3826 ATLANTIC AVE. long Beach 427-7901 BAKED HAM J-' *" * Trt r»BOER WISPRIDE CHEDDAR CHEESE SPREAD . ·«» Cheddar chee.e 'Pread. JACK Vogue Simplicity AM la 11'.- THE BOYS HOME LIKE SALADS You will love our loladi. · POTATO · MACARONI · COLESLAW LB. UNION MAID BREAD · EGG · RYE · PUMPERNICKIE 1'MB. LOAF PEACOCK POT CHEESE LOW CALORIE EXCELLENT FOR DIETS LB. LAKEWOOD SHOPPING CENTER LAKEWOOD Hfettvt » em. Hivt.. March 1 Ith Ifini W»d , MoflK Hlh, 1974

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