Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Unit Pricing Bid Labelled Unbeneficial; Some Sold on Scheme

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Unit Pricing Bid Labelled Unbeneficial; Some Sold on Scheme

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BOONAH grocer John Stone says mandatory unit pricing is unlikely to benefit customers.

The Federal Government's scheme will force major supermarkets to display the price of products per litre, kilogram or other units of measurement to make it easier to compare the value of different-sized products.

The Government is expected to exempt grocers who have stores smaller than 1000sq m in area.

"It won't save customers money," Mr Stone said.

"It will just show you how much 100 grams of a product costs."

John Cummings from the National Association of Retail Grocers said there was no consumer demand for unit pricing.

"We have not had any evidence from any customers who have come back and asked a store to do it," he said.

"We have not had any evidence from any customers who have put in unit pricing that consumers have spoken of the benefit of it, and we have not seen any change in any sales in any of those stores that unit price."

However ALDI Queensland managing director Viktor Jakupek said he had received positive feedback about ALDI'S unit pricing system. …

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