This guide was developed to provide retailers with information about the best practice requirements for the unit pricing of pre-packaged commodities. The guide consists of best practice recommendations that will improve the accuracy and usability of unit pricing information offered in retail stores. In addition, the guide will help provide uniformity across all states and types of stores.
Many retailers in the various retail channels voluntarily provide unit pricing in their stores. What has been lacking since the inception of unit pricing is a guide to assist retailers in understanding consumer preferences as to its presentation, units of measure used, consistency, and accuracy.
The best practices in this guide can be used in any retail environment, including supermarkets, drug and convenience stores, mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, auto parts stores, department stores, or virtually anywhere products are sold where units of measure (e.g., weight, volume, length, area, count) can be used to compare prices and value of products. It applies to both food and non-food products. When a decision is made to unit price in a retail location, every effort should be made to provide unit pricing across the entire store. Unit pricing is helpful in that it displays the price of all brands and sizes of a product category per unit of measure basis (e.g., price per kilogram, liter, pound, fluid ounce).
In addition, the guide enables the use of unit pricing in either the U.S. customary or metric system (International System of Units [SI]). Some categories where use of metric units may be more appropriate or beneficial than the U.S. customary system include wine, distilled spirits, bottled beverages, and spices.
This guide was developed to assist industry in the practice of providing unit price information as a voluntary provision where no legislative requirements or standards exist. Where legislative requirements and standards do exist, this guide can be used to provide unit pricing that supplements and complements those requirements.
Factors that most improve the readability and usability of a unit price label include using the “block approach,” while utilizing the largest font size possible. When used in combination with other attributes such as use of bold text, color background, clarifying terms (i.e., providing the words “unit price”) and location of the unit price, maximum readability can be achieved.
This guide is not intended to conflict with the Uniform Unit Pricing Regulation (UUPR) or state unit pricing regulations. When providing unit pricing in a state or territory under the UUPR or mandatory state regulations, the UUPR or mandatory regulations should be consulted to ensure those requirements are met before the recommended best practice requirements in this guide are implemented.
The Florida Grocery Council published a notice that the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (DOACS) informed us that some grocers were selling meat contrary to the Department’s rules and regulations. Since then we have met with DOACS and this is what we want to share with our Grocery Members :