CINCINNATI -- Self-checkout took another step toward the supermarket mainstream this month as Optimal Robotics, Montreal, installed its 5,000th unit in a Kroger store in South Garden City, S.C. The installation is part of an aggressive rollout of Optimal's U-Scan self-checkout system by Kroger, which now has it in over 600 stores, said Kroger corporate spokesman Gary Rhodes. The retailer is expected to put in another 300 by the end of the year, according to a letter of commitment the chain ...

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