SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Last year at Food Marketing Institute's Marketechnics show in Dallas, William L. Homa, chief information officer for Hannaford Bros. here, and chairman of FMI's IT Leadership Committee, unveiled to the industry his unorthodox vision for the future of point-of-sale technology. It was more than just a vision. Homa had already begun to implement his new approach to POS at Hannaford, using an operating system rare for retail POS: Linux, the famed "freeware" alternative to ...

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