SAINSBURY TO CONSIDER SELF-CHECKOUT
rs of supermarkets here in the United Kingdom, said last week it was exploring the possibility of installing self-service checkout lanes following the successful pilot of a self-check program at its U.S. subsidiary, Shaw's, West Bridgewater, Mass. Shaw's recently announced that it plans to install NCR self-check lanes in a program scheduled to be completed by February 2002.
UNIFIED WESTERN TAPS VIALINK
LOS ANGELES -- Unified Western Grocers here last week said it has contracted with Dallas-based viaLink for electronic trading synchronization services. ViaLink will help Unified Western synchronize product, price and promotion data with its electronic trading partners.
Unified is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States and Hawaii.
OPTIMAL ROBOTICS SETS RECORD
MONTREAL -- Optimal Robotics here last week said it sold 315 U-Scan self-checkout systems, a record, in the second quarter of this year. Optimal is one of the leading providers of self-checkout systems in North America.
Moreover, in a recent filing with the SEC, Optimal disclosed that it had sold 515 U-Scan systems for the six months ending June 30.
GIANT EAGLE GETS RESULTS WITH PRECISE
PITTSBURGH -- Giant Eagle here last week said it is getting good results using Precise Software Solutions of Westwood, Mass. Giant Eagle uses Precise to enhance the performance of its Web sites and manage the efficiency of online use by its customers. "With today's high-speed access, we fully understand the need to make a positive impression on our Web visitors and keep them coming back," said Dave Rupert, Giant Eagle technical manager of Database Administration. Precise's software helps Giant Eagle provide service to online shopping lists, coupon savings, recipes and store locations.