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....'scan-it-yourself' device reduces time spent in checkout

Symbol Technologies International today announced that
Calgary Co-Op, a 15-store retailer based in Calgary, Canada,
is installing Symbol's Portable Shopping System, which lets
customers scan bar coded merchandise in the aisles as they
shop, greatly reducing time spent in the checkout queue.

"We believe that this technology will offer our customers a
fast, easy and convenient shopping option," said Ian
Routledge, Calgary Co-Op's Easy Shop project leader. "It
will reduce the time customers spend in the checkout queues
- and we know that's the least pleasant part of shopping.
The system also allows customers to keep track of exactly
how much they're spending."

"We're pleased that Calgary Co-Op is introducing the
Portable Shopping System to Canadian grocery shoppers," said
Tomo Razmilovic, president and chief operating officer of
Symbol Technologies. "It's a technology that is
revolutionising the way people shop around the world, and is
a key strategic initiative for Symbol.

Calgary Co-Op is piloting the highly acclaimed system in the
Shawnessy store in Calgary - the first such installation in
Canada. Symbol's Portable Shopping System is in use in 10
countries and more than 200 stores worldwide.

Upon entering the store, a shopper inserts an identification
card to remove a bar code scanner - about the size of a
telephone handset - from an automatic dispenser rack. The
lightweight scanner is equipped with three keys - ‘plus',
‘minus' and ‘equals' - as well as a visual display.

As the shopper selects merchandise, he or she scans the bar
code of each item using the ‘plus' key and places the item
in a trolley. If he or she decides against buying an item,
it may be cancelled by scanning the bar code with the
‘minus' key. A sub total of purchases can be obtained at any
time by pressing the ‘equals' key. When shopping is
complete, the scanner is returned to the rack and the
shopper advances to an express checkout station.

Notes to Editors

Symbol Technologies is the world leader in bar code driven
data transaction systems with more than 5 million scanners
and hand-held computers installed. The company designs,
manufactures and markets bar code scanning equipment,
application-specific hand-held computers and radio frequency
data communications products that are used as strategic
building blocks for solutions for retail, warehousing and
distribution logistics, transportation, package and parcel
delivery, manufacturing and other industries.

Customer information is available from the Symbol
Technologies website at

For further information contact Perveen Akhtar or Tim Jones
at Euro Plus on 01753 790700.

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