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 comp