UNSTACKING THE DECK

Retailers are trimming the fat from costly electronic payments an ounce at a time.While encouraging customers to choose payment options that carry lower fees, operators also are upgrading equipment and using the clout of industry groups to cut -- or at least control -- payment costs. Most retailers are resigned to the fees associated with credit and debit cards, check processing and electronic benefits

Retailers are trimming the fat from costly electronic payments an ounce at a time.

While encouraging customers to choose payment options that carry lower fees, operators also are upgrading equipment and using the clout of industry groups to cut -- or at least control -- payment costs. Most retailers are resigned to the fees associated with credit and debit cards, check processing and electronic benefits transfers as a cost of doing business, but they are making some progress in t

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