High paper costs have forced suppliers to modify some of their business practices. To help retailers with the upcoming back-to-school season, some are offering more reduced-count filler paper, while others are focusing more attention on value-added items. "The gap between commodities and value-added products has narrowed," said James Schmidt, director of merchandising at Stuart Hall, Kansas City, Mo. Stuart Hall's paper prices have more than doubled in some cases. And the company is not ...

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