In an era of quickly advancing retail technology, 10 states and a number of major cities still mandate that individual price tags be placed on almost all items available for sale in grocery stores and other retail outlets. Research has shown that they are a major cost impediment for retail stores and a "hidden tax" facing consumers. At present, item pricing laws are also a factor in slowing adoption of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology in stores. The author provides an analysis of the present situation and recommendations for future action for retail and technology management.



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