NEW YORK -- A study examining cost issues related to supermarket bagging operations shows that by increasing the items packed into paper and plastic bags, supermarkets could save up to 25% annually. Ten independent ShopRite stores, divisions of Wakefern Food Corp., Elizabeth, N.J., participated in the study that examined 5,000 bag transactions over a six-week period. The study revealed that a typical supermarket spends $113,400 each year for regular paper bags, including expenses related ...

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