LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets here plans to replace its traditional IBM-based point-of-sale system in its 800-plus stores in the next year with more than 16,000 PC-based POS terminals from Hewlett-Packard (HP). HP, Palo Alto, Calif., announced earlier this month that Publix would become the first large food retailer to install HP's PC-based rp5000 POS devices in its stores. HP thereby becomes a significant player in the POS market for large supermarket chains -- a market that has ...

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