Some supermarkets are taking a few hesitant steps toward scan-based trading of magazines, but many in the industry are starting to question whether the system, in which retailers pay for their inventory only after it has been sold to customers, will ever be adopted for the category. In a recent survey of retail chains by Willard Bishop Consulting, Barrington, Ill., 60% of those who responded said they planned to launch tests of scan-based trading in the magazine category. Most of those who ...

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