QUINCY, Mass. — For sheer determination alone, Ahold USA deserves a lot of credit. While numerous other food retailers, from Food Lion to Giant Eagle, were testing and discarding handheld devices that let shoppers scan and bag their groceries throughout the store, Ahold USA’s Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover division kept plugging away with a similar technology. Starting in 2003 with a touchscreen shopping-cart tablet (and detachable scanner) called the Shopping Buddy, which ...

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