LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- A Finast supermarket here has become the first store in North America to go live with a portable customer self-scanning system. The Maple Heights, Ohio, chain made handheld devices available to a group of 100 shoppers in a test launched this month. Evaluation of the system's effectiveness, shopper acceptance and effect on shrink will continue until January, when Finast will decide whether to expand the initiative. The program will serve as a test for all the U.S. chains ...

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