Most pharmacies simply don’t have the people or the budget to have a dedicated shelf-stocker, which means there’s little time for tasks like price updates or checking expiry dates.
Add legal obligations to show price per litre or kilo (with fines for non-compliance), increasing competition from hypermarket pharmacy counters and frequent price changes, and it’s clear that these small businesses are facing a highly complex challenge.
The Pricer electronic shelf labelling system typically costs a pharmacy less than the cost of an extra salary per month (excluding consumables) - and can save a lot more.
Staff are freed up from pricing, allowing them to spend more time serving customers and preparing medicines. Labels also carry information such as an individual product’s expiry or delivery date, allowing staff both to keep control of stock and better answer customer enquiries.
By allowing incremental price changes on any product, pharmacies are able run short-term promotions and reflect the extra cost of buying products in short supply from the lab. 24-hour pharmacies implement day/night pricing.