BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. here plans to accelerate the implementation of POS scanning of small “DataBar” bar codes on loose produce items this fall and early next year at its more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores, as more produce suppliers begin using stickers that include both the bar codes and traditional price look-up (PLU) codes. Loblaw, which began scanning the 14-digit DataBar bar codes on apples, bananas and avocados a year ago, currently does so in 15 stores “in one ...

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