May I ask what chain of grocery stores you are talking about? I could easily see that happening at Dominick's (owned by Safeway) or at Jewel (formally owned by Albertson's, now by a different chain). Both of those places try to rush everyone through their lanes, but manage to have the slowest and most crowded checkouts I have been through.<br><br>I shop at a 13-store chain called Strack and Van Til. They're privately held and have some of the fastest and best service I have seen in a large supermarket. They also give you a 5c credit if you bring your own bag. I normally just leave my bag on top of everything on the conveyer and the cashier knows what it's all about.<br><br>I don't know if I've gotten my money back in savings for the bag (probably not), but the little 5c credit is really more of a token to help me remember to bring the bags in.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
<br>I think it's pretty cool that many of the stores I shop in lately<br>offer the reusable bags from displays in front of the store.<br><br>I started getting them because some of them were GORGEOUS<br>so it was no problem purchasing one or two at a time. Now I'm<br>seeing Canvas ones with the store names on them everywhere.<br><br>So.. it's becoming trendy? Cool to Go Green? OUTRAGEOUS! <br><br>..now I can die a happy camper<br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green> [color:green]. . . _ _ _ . . .</font color=green><br>
Being in grocery store management and dealing with the bag issue every day, it is definitely in a period of transition and it should be everywhere. The state of Cali has laws in effect that are having positive results. They require recycling and the sale of reusable bags. This makes sense. <br><br>New laws being considered might turn out to be more dubious in practice. There are proposals in the state legislature calling for a 15¢ to 25¢ tax on each plastic bag used. This would be assessed at the checkstand depending on how many bags each customer uses for their order. Funny thing is, the bags cost only about 3¢ each. Hmmm... <br><br>Even though a high cost would lead to more people moving away from using as many plastic bags, it could have some undesirable effects. Overstuffing the ever thinner plastic bags of today will lead to more breakage and waste. <br><br>Attitude from the top down and training those actually dealing with the different bags is what is needed and is not that difficult. We still offer paper or plastic as well as the new reusable bags. We recently participated in a one week ad special offer to our customers to get 2 free reusable bags with a $20 purchase. This was underwritten by our ad group in conjunction with our grocery supplier. We gave away thousands of reusable bags between our two stores during this promotion. We sell them regularly for under a dollar and they are projected to have a one year life span. YMMV They are made from non woven polypropylene and can be washed. <br><br>Our stores have also sold our own custom made reusable large durable canvas bags for about twenty years, long before it became trendy or PC. These sell for about $5. (btw, I also designed the graphic for latest version on my Mac.) We have also encouraged customers to bring their own reusable bags from any store for many years. We get customers using canvas and the newer reusable bags from many, many other stores.<br><br>The training for properly bagging groceries into reusable bags is not really that difficult. Our courtesy clerks have adjusted quite well and customer service is very important to us. The reusable bags really are sturdier and can hold more groceries than plastic. The most difficult thing is for customers to remember to bring them back to the store each time. It just takes a slight change of habits.<br><br>Chris<br><br><a href="http://www.light-imagery.com/index.html"target="_blank"></a><br><br>
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