Scanning device puts checkout in shoppers' hands

05/18/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Ahold added a system, Scan It, to about half of its Stop & Shop Supermarket and Giant Food Stores locations in the Northeast. The system allows customers to scan items as they are placed in a cart, offering electronic coupons and tallying purchases. Other retailers also are incorporating the device, which speeds shopping, gives customers a sense of control and appears to boost spending.

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