List of supermarkets
Pak'n Save is a New Zealand supermarket chain, franchised by the co-operative Foodstuffs.
Their name probably originates from the cost-saving practice of letting the customer pack their own groceries. This can be done using their old cardboard boxes, your own reusable bag you brought, or a plastic bag can be purchased at the checkout (for 5 cents). The South Island branches do not charge you for plastic bags.
Other cost-cutting measures employed are using very large buildings with minimal furnishings and having a bulk supply. Bulk items are often sold from their shipping pallets without being transferring to shelves or fancy displays. Racking above the shopping shelves are used for stock storage althrough the supermarkets are supplied daily from their co-operative distributer Foodstuffs.
Most Pak'n Save supermarkets have long opening hours, typically 22 hours per day.
Many North Island stores have introduced self-scanning facilities, where the customer scans each item as they put it in their trolley. This reduces waiting time at the checkout, as only payment is the only thing that occurs. Conventional checkout operator scanning is also available, and is used for random checks of customers.
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