They don’t charge suppliers

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Most grocery store chains charge their suppliers a fee to stock an item on the shelf. The suppliers boost their prices to make up for it, leading to marked-up prices … so Trader Joe’s doesn’t do it. Simple! These are the 11 other things Trader Joe’s employees want you to know.

They keep operational costs low

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Trader Joe’s stores don’t have a full-service butcher shop, bakery, or café (though most do have help-yourself coffee machines!). We’ve also heard that the chain likes to use energy-efficient lighting to cut down on utility costs. Plus, TJ’s tends to stock certain products in boxes, rather than shelving the items individually.