Mass. finds problems with in-aisle scanners

BOSTON –A survey by the Mass. Division of Standards of in-aisle scanners at 17 retailers found nearly half of the machines did not meet state regulations for printing a price tag and affixing the tag to the item. More

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Mass. finds problems with in-aisle scanners

Posted 12/26/11

BOSTON –A survey by the Mass. Division of Standards of in-aisle scanners at 17 retailers found nearly half of the machines did not meet state regulations for printing a price tag and affixing the tag to the item.

The devices allow consumers to conduct their own price check. Of the 433 scanners inspected, 54.7 percent were in compliance. Management at the locations with faulty scanners was notified of the issues by inspectors, according to a news release. The Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, which oversees the Division of Standards, will refer the survey findings to the attorney general’s office.

Of the 47 locations checked by inspectors, only 10 locations had scanners with no problems, the division said. There were 19 locations where none of the scanners were working up to standards.

State pricing regulations allow nonfood stores to remove item prices on nonfood and grocery items as long as there is an in-aisle price scanner for every 5,000 square feet of floor space. The scanners must be able to print a price sticker and have a way to attach the sticker to the item. •

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