BARRINGTON, Ill. -- A Jewel-Osco store here has begun the first U.S. "proof-of-concept" test of a portable laser scanning device that enables loyalty card shoppers to scan their own groceries during the shopping trip as well as receive promotional offers from the store. Jewel-Osco, a division of Albertsons, Boise, Idaho, began the test with consumers two weeks ago, following a two-week training period for employees, according to Symbol Technologies, Holtsville, N.Y., supplier of the ...

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