PEREIRA, Colombia -- When one of this country's largest wholesalers, Compania Granos, ventures into retailing for the first time in August, its first store here will be dressed to the nines in automation. The store, a 106,000-square-foot superstore, will be equipped with a sophisticated point-of-sale system, including electronic cash registers and built-in bar-code scanners. In addition, electronic scales in various departments, including seafood and deli, will be hooked up to a master ...

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