PAYMENT-HANDLING COST CUTS OUTLINED

CHICAGO -- There's not much choice any more about whether to accept a wide range of payment options, including credit and debit cards and checks, despite added costs.But there are quite a few steps retailers can take to minimize the processing, handling, labor, bank charges and other costs inherent in customer payment transactions, said speakers at a workshop at the Food Marketing Institute's annual

CHICAGO -- There's not much choice any more about whether to accept a wide range of payment options, including credit and debit cards and checks, despite added costs.

But there are quite a few steps retailers can take to minimize the processing, handling, labor, bank charges and other costs inherent in customer payment transactions, said speakers at a workshop at the Food Marketing Institute's annual convention here last week.

According to an FMI benchmarking study released ea

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