SAN ANTONIO -- H-E-B Grocery Co. is making the technological leap from conventional cash registers to personal computers and an open-system environment at the front end. The chain here has already made the switch in close to 50 stores, at a cost of about $180,000 per store, and expects to complete a chainwide conversion by the middle of next year. The reasons for the switchover are manifold. They include lower maintenance costs, increasing point-of-sale versatility and the "plug and play" ...

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