How can supermarkets sell so cheaply?
If, like many, you enjoy rustling up a good steak, a roast chicken dinner or a few pork chops every now and again, you’re most likely familiar with where sells such cuts of meat. At one time we’d visit the butcher for our meat, the bakery for our bread and the dairy shop for our cheese and milk supplies but times have and today’s supermarkets seem to stock everything from specialty health foods to mountains of worldly meats and cheeses.
Of course, this makes the weekly shop a much less time-consuming matter but many shoppers will often wonder how supermarkets are able to produce meats at such low costs.
Are we compromising on quality?
Curious shoppers often wish to learn how certain foods are so much cheaper than others. Whether you’re preparing a meal abroad or in the comfort of your McCarthy & Stone retirement property, various supermarket groceries are often considerably cheaper than that of those featured in small delicatessens.
The reason for this is that supermarkets are able to buy in bulk and they’ll often only buy high-volume products: products that are in season and those which have a long shelf life.
This is why the organic section and the free-range isles often house higher priced products. Supermarkets that choose to offer products with higher turnovers are able to lower their overhead costs. The likes of perishable items such as meats and milk tend to arrive in store regularly, which means there’s little need to rotate inventory for freshness.
Smaller supermarketsare able to lower these costs even further
Smaller supermarkets will often only accept debit card payments which again allow them to keep their prices low.
Other ways such establishments save money include offering consumers rent-a-trolley options only. By doing this, the customer will return the trolley in order to redeem their deposit – this saves the company on investing in the services of extra staff to complete this job.
A large majority of stores will also use energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration methods. Newer stores will even use as much natural lighting and renewable energy as possible in order to save on electrical costs, whilst many products appear individually packaged and as such are sold by the unit to avoid weighing at checkout.
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