WHITE'S EAS PROGRAM BOOSTS PROFIT MARGINS

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- White's Discount Foods here has increased profit margins by 0.5% and tripled the sales of at least one category after launching an aggressive electronic article surveillance program.The chain, which plans to install EAS systems in all 15 stores by the end of the year, is using more elaborate tagging procedures and detection systems to enhance the system's performance.As a result,

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- White's Discount Foods here has increased profit margins by 0.5% and tripled the sales of at least one category after launching an aggressive electronic article surveillance program.

The chain, which plans to install EAS systems in all 15 stores by the end of the year, is using more elaborate tagging procedures and detection systems to enhance the system's performance.

As a result, the 12 stores currently using the system have improved their profits. "Wh

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