Plastic options continue disappearing from super markets. C&K Market, parent company of Ray’s Food Place, said today it will cease offering plastic bags at the checkout stands of its 65 grocery and 15 pharmacies starting Monday, Jan. 14.
The Brookings-based chain, which moved some of its front-office operations to Medford last month, said the moved was part of the company’s renewed commitment leading the way in “responsible, sustainable practices regarding plastic bag waste.”
C&K stores will offer customers free paper bags or 99-cent reusable bags. They can also earn a 5-cent refund by bringing their own bags.
The help customers warm up to the change, Ray’s Food Place locations will have a gift card drawing. Customers can win a $25 Ray’s gift card by bringing reusable bags, including paper bags. Cashiers will distribute raffle tickets, based on bag use. At the end of each week through Valentine’s Day each store will award a $25 gift card winner.
With Horizon Air now basing some of its pilots and flight crews in Medford this is a good thing.
The Department of Transportation’s freight transportation services index rebounded in November from October, matching its year-ago level.
The freight TSI rose 1.7 percent month-to-month, following Hurricane Sandy, which had depressed rail and truck freight traffic. Both trucking and rail freight showed large gains in November.
November’s index reading of 108.9, matched the November 2011 count. The index uses a baseline 100 reading from the year 2000.
The index measures output of services provided by the for-hire transportation industries, including railroad, air, truck, inland waterways, pipeline and local transit.