Electronic Labels Cut Labor Costs for Independent

Bonnie Villastrigo, owner of the Terrebonne Thriftway, a one-store independent here, estimates that electronic shelf labels (ESLs) save her about 20 to 24 hours per week in labor that was being spent printing and hanging paper shelf tags, in addition to savings in paper, plastic, clips and ink.

TERREBONNE, Ore. — Bonnie Villastrigo, owner of the Terrebonne Thriftway, a one-store independent here, estimates that electronic shelf labels (ESLs) save her about 20 to 24 hours per week in labor that was being spent printing and hanging paper shelf tags, in addition to savings in paper, plastic, clips and ink.

She installed the ESLs — from Pricer, Stockholm, Sweden — in all departments of her 10,000-square-foot store apart from deli, meat and produce in late 2008 at a cost o

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