WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Lowes Food Stores here has nearly completed its chainwide rollout of upgraded electronic payment systems that already have cut credit and debit card approval time from 30 seconds to five or six seconds. More than half of Lowes' 50 stores are on-line with a wide area network using frame relay communications protocol, said Cal Sihilling, vice president of information systems at Alex Lee, Hickory, N.C., which owns Lowes. All stores will be on the network and using new ...

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