SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Seeking to cut transaction costs, Price Chopper Supermarkets here will begin a 90-day electronic check-conversion pilot program this month at its Dunmore, Pa., store. If successful, the 97-store retailer plans to roll it out chainwide starting in January of next year. This is thought to be the first test of the digital-imaging check readers by a major U.S. supermarket chain, said industry observers. "We feel that it is going to add greater efficiency at the front end ...

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