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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 11, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta � '-'t--'-jf-* WAI > NEW COST-REDUCING METHODS ON TRIAL FOR^RETAIL STORES Wnr Put Prices Up, and Then Started Refoniis to Bring Them Down-Tliree-Way Selling Plan in U.S.-Cash and Carry or Extra Charge for Either Delivery or Credit. N .irliclc In rrinti'rs' Ink (.New .�ali> tluui on tlie paokaKO foW iip- Tork) John MWn Jl\irphy points out tluit one oC the w.Ti-'s "stiM'.iijo in:"inal;t'S la thai, wliilo it lias In-riiaMd tlio i'ost of nearly cverylliinp. staIi-.�. l.-; thin man a pi-K-e-iniltei-? If a ilralin- is to cluiit;o liis ciistoin-crs extra for servieo lie nuist iiuotc tliem ;i lower priee in the first i>laoe i; has s'. � in motion certain forces or lliey will jiot eonser.t to tlio are tending to ileerease the cost .ililional eharpe. Tln.s is vital. Tlir if ;e I a i i i !vir. Tl'.e writer oonlisnies: jwhoh^ sy.iteni IiinKes on It. T!;e �|'ho priee level of coninioilltics Ko- hnereh;int iiinst show liis- patrons in ( iiii; up ami at tlie same time the ieolil ilollars ami rents that it pavi eost of selMn.i; tlicni .itoins down! Can [llieiy to dispense witli service, tliat be true? l"or ^�e^eral year.s manufacturers I'tHipIe. as a jjoncral rule, will not carry their own ontutles if .'lome Iiace hecn vioariiit; with alarm tlic .other dealer will e*'^ cost of doinir a retail ;not r dealer will ilcliver lliem ; charpe for doiftg so. It is � and the business. What ran retail expenses jfame with all other service, dtlier np was not .vo nmeh tlie cost of |;lu'ii,3's Ik inir ci(iml. people will p; eliain .stores jtnio. doe.^n't it leave (he wliolc mal-shrcwdly forrraw where this sort of jt'-'''" "'"fli as if was heforc the new tliin,=: would lead. I'liain methods jmovenient set in? turned out to be serious eoinpetition 1 I'eriiaps the wliolo m.iUer will be rpnrs vacuum cleaner, operated In froiTt oC the Xew York Public l,ii,r-irv is ronnimr for stores opi raiini? under the old [dearer if we discuss a few concrete ^ ' tril>ntions. ^o Rreat _wa.s Ilic easerness of' tlie peoi. le to liave tlioir riVjm' taken in plan. To off,set tills new competition nlan.^* independent merchant still furtlier expanded their service, j^vho have several stores in northern They expected to fisht thr' low |N'ew Jersey, are doing. This is a star prices of their rivals by siviUK their ji''-''ta""-'e, because of the standing- of own customers more and more ac- 'the firm. The Deckers were estab-coinmodation. ..lished in IsTl. and are re.ijarded as How this situation would have do- \'""^"S the nation's lop-notch fc-ro-veloped had not the war come alcns i'"'-^"'-to compel some extraordinary action ' Tlie "Three-Way" Plan in re.sard to it no one knows. The |rj-(HlS iustitutiou is not given to war forced the issue. The scarcit> of j 1 jumping at conclusions or to labor and tlie increasing cost of s-r- ii,eing .-anicd awav bv emotional ap-vice made it necessary that son.e- ip^als. Therefore, when it recently t1ii|)ff be done. J3iit what? It's here lehanjred over to the "threo-way" tne--that the Commercial Kconomy Board ^thod of doing business we mav be Vacuum Cleaner CI^s Out Pockets for the Red Crow in New York n cleaner, operated in front of the New Y ork Public Idiii'ary, is renpini,' .------- . , . S'" sreat wa.s Ilio eagerness of' tlie people to have tlioir poiim taken in nctl 'cases. ^A>t us se.-. for instance, 'nsido the vacuum cleaner had to be emptied several time>-. The workers, friim 1 . \vhnt ri.-is Vr Decker .>i ufothcr'i ^'''"^ ^'*''^"''"''>' The -soldier and sailor, witli ants pvnat -i. ul.k.i .v � - phones, are urgins the people to hand in their contributions quickly, besides expjalning in big ned Cross con-b.v tlie cleaner that the left to riglu, are: JMlss the aid of their nicKa-to them this novel idea. TWO CANADIAN GIRLS SPEND AN EVENINGJVjTH'BOHEMIANS" Chicago Has a Dozen or More Organizations of These Arli'stio and Literary Freaks, Each of Which Denies the Right of All the Others to Title of Real Bohcmianism. LAND GIRLS IN PRETJT PARADE London Captured by Two Hundred Marchers Who are * Helping Farmers. has_ done yeoman servi.-e in the ,,,it u,, ,ction is not a .stunt, rnited States. It ^'ot mercli.ants to j -n.e first wav is the "cash and cai--do many things that, by themselves L^.- _.;vstcm. which is the one used al-they never had the nerve to .lo. universally by the chains. The (second way is to.make deliveries for ,, ., , ., jthose who wish that service, but to TnK new methods tliat are com- . , ,  ,., .v.- , charge extra for doing so. The third ing into vogue are based on the . . . , , . way is to extend credit to those wlio practices of tlio chains. In fact thev ' ... , , . , . . ' , � ., want It and are entitled to it. but to are an irnproi-etnent over the me- , , , , ^ ., imakc a special charge for the privi- Cutting Down Service T thods of many chains. One great weakness in the chains' plan of selling is that their policies have been too narrow. Tliey went to the op-jnisite extreme of not giving enough accommodation to their customers. Too much empU.'\sIa. was . put on price. The sociai element was b.idly iif'.i^lr.ited. .\s a matter of fact, there w,i% ii.-.thing wrong v.ith the service idta. i'eople who patronize a business arc entitled to service, yervice, however, is a broad terra. Some people want vastly more service than others. Now the logical way to get around this difficulty is to charge one price for merchandise, plus tlie regiilur Cost o� selling it, together with a moderate profit, and then lo make an additional bharge for any extra service that the patron may require. In this way purchasers can take their choice. K they want only the mcr-chandis?r�nd wisii to pay casli for it and 10 carry it home themselves, they save money by doing so. K they wish service and are willing to pay for it it is theirs to command. This is the plan that many stores are follov.-ing. There are a hundred a,,nd one variants of it, but all based on the idea that it the buyer will dispense with sorvici he can have his goods for less. .\ very .simple orrangement. you will say. Nevertheless, it is pregnant with puzzling poshibilities." For instance, a package cereal may be sold on llie main floor of a store for fifteen cents. Witli it may go a service tliat may cost the mailer all liie way from a cent to several cents on each package sold. In its basement tlio same store may sell this cereal for thirteen cents, but gives no service with it. The retailer m.-iy make inor� profit on the basement lege. i �' Decker taxes the customer two per cent, for "charging" a purchase. For deliveries it makes a charge of five cents per order for an.vtliing up to one box of groceries, with an additional charge of five cents ifor each-box. For a barrel of flour tlie charge lis fifteen cents. iov'A barrel of sugar twenty-five cenl.s, and for a sack of potatoes ten cents. It is said that tiic plan used by Deckers is favored by the Commercial Economy Board, altliough the officials of this body are still re-.serving judgment as to which is lite best system. Of course, the Government's main oliject in encatiraging mercliants to use systems of this kind is to release labor, although it likes to see consumers get the benefit of tlie saving. A. M. Decker told mo tliat ihe plan hart enabled ills firm to reduc.� tlie number of delivery vehicles from CS to ;;Ci.., Host patrons of these stores saw the reasonableness of the system and readily accepted the change. �\YiIl this plan stick after the war is over? Mi: Decker lielieves it will. He says it will he a matter of backbone. Any number of American merchants are using tlie "three-way" plan gr something similar to it. AS SHE IS SPOKE J_'VE heard a half a dozen times Folks call it Reims. That isn't right Iho, so It seems, Perhaps it's Keims. Poor city ruined now by flames- Can it be Reims?- Tliat once was one of France's gems- Jlore likely Holms. I'll.get it rigiit sometime, percliance; I'm told it's Ueims. - Boston Transcript, Engiith Women Work as Scavengers V17 lier That if she touch'd them they would scold hei', i3ut Paulino said; "Oli, what a pity! Fur, when tliey burn. It Is so pretty," Despite the protests of tho family cats, Mlnr and Maunz, Pauline llghtE .a match and then tho nui'oling Is edified hi'' tlie following: rrer apron hurn.^, her arms, her halr;-She burns all over, everywhere! Then how tho did mciv^ Wluit else, poor pussies, could iMy do? They ."creani'd for help, 'twas all in vain. So then, tliey said, "We'll scream again, Jfake liaste, make haste! Me-ow! Me-ow! She'll burn 10 death-wo told,her so," So she was burnt with all her clotlies, .\nd arms and hands, and eyes and nose: Till she had nothing more to lose Except her little scarhit slioes; And notiiiiig else but these was found I Among her asiies on the gruuiid. Teaches Harsh Code THF/ author of the rhymes. Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann, was a. German J>liysician and profe^ssor of an.-it-omy, credited in literature as a German humorous poet. When Hoffn'-T-nn was criticized liy some of the intellectual:; and lUcr-ary critics, who declared that the rliymes, and especially the carica-luros, were highly exaggerated, (ho ph.vsician replied that he knew the Germand mind and was perfectly aat-isfied that' his rhymes iinil drawings would ab.'iorb flermaii chiiciu'd be |ania::ed at tlio sizo of our last month's chlropodLst bill." This place we're heading Cor, is it Uit tho uttermost environs of tlie city'.'" iisiked the otiier Canadian. v.'ho is piump and not over-fond of walking. "Il's a lioiiHQ wo picked up. cheap," said the American. "Vou see, we So long I'vo wailed i'or this gainc! They'crael' ' ' flame!" 1^hey crackle and Ihcy spurt and .�^Jow seel oh, see! What a dreadful I thing,' , ,nd It tickled them fairly to death. U. S. Army Nurieo Taught Protection Against Gas Attacki 'no fit thom for possible duties on tho front, hospital army nurses are re-eelvlng jras Instructlon.s rtt Camp Kearney, California. Tlifl* offlciaJ iiljoto sliow(i,ono of tho ui-niy nurses leaving llio-�ug fliainbor.- -t.^ ;