SALISBURY, N.C. — Bloom, a division of Food Lion here, is “encouraged” by the early results of a test of a mobile shopping device, known as PAT (personal assistant technology), in one store in Fort Mill, S.C. The device, an 8.4-inch touchscreen tablet that is attached to the front of each of the store’s shopping carts, allows shoppers to locate products, view a digital sales flyer and look up recipes, and it enables loyalty shoppers to access online shopping lists and favorite recipes. The ...

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