TWO AMERICAN DIVISIONS ARE REVVING UP TECHNOLOGY

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here is upgrading technology in two divisions, including installing new customer-payment terminals that enable stores to process transactions through the chain's in-house financial switch, a move projected to save more than $1 million annually.This month, the first store in the Acme Markets division, Malvern, Pa., will install the terminals and go on-line with

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here is upgrading technology in two divisions, including installing new customer-payment terminals that enable stores to process transactions through the chain's in-house financial switch, a move projected to save more than $1 million annually.

This month, the first store in the Acme Markets division, Malvern, Pa., will install the terminals and go on-line with the corporate financial switch. A handful of stores in the Jewel Food Stores division,

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