AUTOMATED READERS STRENGTHEN FOOD LION HAND VS. BAD CHECKS

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here hopes to get a stronger grip on check fraud by rolling out automated check readers chainwide by the third quarter of fiscal 1996.The retailer is equipping stores with magnetic ink character readers that scan checks at the point of sale and verify them against a corporate-level data base. Food Lion considers the system an improvement on its previous method of requiring

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here hopes to get a stronger grip on check fraud by rolling out automated check readers chainwide by the third quarter of fiscal 1996.

The retailer is equipping stores with magnetic ink character readers that scan checks at the point of sale and verify them against a corporate-level data base. Food Lion considers the system an improvement on its previous method of requiring cashiers to request and manually enter customer identification at the register at e

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