TAMPA, Fla. -- Don't be turned off by the mountain of hype surrounding open systems. Retailers and systems experts say there's a mountain of substance to back it up. Open systems are linked personal computer networks that allow multiple workstations and multiple functions to be operated at one time. The pluses of open systems are many. They allow retailers to mix and match hardware from different vendors, and they make it much easier to access information across departments in-store and at ...

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