The unit price is the price of a product per unit of measure, for example $5.52 per kg for a pre-packaged 725g carton of breakfast cereal costing $4.
Unit prices often vary greatly, so by comparing unit prices consumers can substantially reduce how much they spend on products, or get more for the same amount of money.
However, far too often unit pricing for pre-packaged products is either not provided at all, or is not easy to notice, read, understand and use, and therefore underused by consumers.
- facilitating improvements in the quality of the unit pricing of pre-packaged products currently provided by retailers compulsorily or voluntarily;
- encouraging the provision of effective unit pricing of pre-packaged products by more retailers;
- increasing and strengthening links with the unit pricing of products sold loose from bulk;
- increasing competition between retailers and between manufacturers;
- facilitating international consistency in the provision of unit pricing,
Consumers International (CI) is a liaison member of the ISO Project Committee 294 which is developing a guidance standard for the unit pricing of pre-packaged products.
The Committee will hold its second meeting from 19-21 April in Singapore to discuss the standard’s draft scope and principles.
CI’s representative on the Committee is Ian Jarratt from Australia and Standards Australia is providing the Secretariat.
CI’s draft position paper is now out for comment and available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org. We're aiming for an effective, consumer-orientated standard and we need your input to reflect the needs of members around the globe. PLEASE COMMENT BY 11 APRIL 2016.
Participation in the Committee is open to any ISO member so CI Members should encourage their countries to participate because this topic is highly relevant to consumers everywhere.
The current participating members are: Australia, Canada, Israel, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore and South Africa.
The observer members are: Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.
National standards bodies and interested ISO liaison organisations can get involved by contacting Steven Cooke at email@example.com