ALBANY, Calif. -- The 10-store Andronico's Market chain here, a pioneer in implementing scan-based trading, has halted its rollout of this business model.
BR> One factor for the change is internal organization, he said. "We're trying to get our hands around other projects of higher importance," he added.
Another reason is that "bringing vendors on is a lot of work and very time consuming," he said. "There were a few vendors who jumped out with support early on, but there's not a real groundswell now. We're seeing some interest, but it doesn't happen fast. And the payback isn't large enough to justify searching for new partners."
Andronico's participated in a 1999-to-2000 SBT test conducted by the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Washington, D.C., and has continued to use it since then.
The chain is still committed to the practice.
"We're still maintaining the SBT partnerships we've set up," said Goertemiller. "From a retailer standpoint we see a lot of value in SBT -- we feel it's a good concept."