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Vons to Test Vision Value Netos., Arcadia, Calif., said it will install the Vision Value Network at checkouts in a test store very soon."We are pleased with the progress that has been made so far regarding the technical interface of Vons' point-of-sale system and the Vision Value Network," said Mike Hen, Vons' executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer.The two companies

Vons to Test Vision Value Net

os., Arcadia, Calif., said it will install the Vision Value Network at checkouts in a test store very soon.

"We are pleased with the progress that has been made so far regarding the technical interface of Vons' point-of-sale system and the Vision Value Network," said Mike Hen, Vons' executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer.

The two companies will work together to complete the testing required for installation of the system in additional stores early this year. Vons previously signed a contract to install the system in each of its 352 stores. The system delivers advertisements and offers electronic discounts over a small video screen attached to the check-writing platform. It incorporates a magnetic card reader to process credit and debit transactions.

APT Patents Coupon Processor

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Advanced Promotion Technologies here has patented a system that electronically validates, cancels and clears paper coupons at the point of sale.

Robert Wientzen, APT president, said the system will allow coupons to be destroyed after redemption as the information they contain will be transmitted via satellite to the issuing manufacturer right from checkout.

Genuardi Plans Dehumidifier

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Genuardi Super Markets here will install a dehumidifying air-conditioning system in six supermarkets in the Philadelphia area this year.

A spokesman for ICC Technologies, Philadelphia, said the system decreases condensation and frost on refrigerated cases.

Commerce Unit Backs HFCs

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Commerce this month confirmed hydrofluorocarbons as an environmentally sound substitute for chlorofluorocarbons.

A chemist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an arm of the department, said questions in the scientific community prompted the NOAA to research the matter. Though HFCs do not contain chlorine, the element in CFCs responsible for destroying ozone, scientists feared that the fluorine and carbon might also deplete ozone.