COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. Markets here has reduced bad check losses by 30% halfway into a chainwide rollout of a check authorization system. The chain is putting stores on-line with a new network, which also includes a debit-credit approval system, at a rate of four per day and expects to have all 110 stores connected this month. Prior to this spring, Stater Bros. did not accept credit and debit cards. "We paid for the [network investment] just in the reduction of bad checks, so when ...

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