SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Penn Traffic here is building a $2.8 million satellite-driven communications network to link its expanding store base. The chain is developing two laboratory sites to test and refine existing store applications -- from automated direct store delivery to a frequent-shopper program -- before rolling out the satellite network to 200 to 300 units early next year. Such applications are now running on a dial-up land-based system. Currently, Penn Traffic operates about 250 ...

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