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AUGSBURG, Germany - NCR Corporation announced that the Metro Group, the third largest retail trading corporation in Europe, has extended its commitment to self-checkout.
Under the agreement, Metro Group will deploy NCR FastLane in 50 of its Real hypermarkets and Extra supermarkets in Germany by the beginning of 2005. The decision follows successful initial installations in 2003 at Metro Group locations in Rheinberg and Ratingen, Germany.
"In the Metro Group Future Store Initiative, we test innovative technologies together with more than 40 strong partners, including IBM, Intel, SAP and NCR. In doing this we drive forward the modernization of our business on a worldwide level," said Zygmunt Mierdorf, chief information officer and member of the management board of Metro Group. "With the rollout of NCR FastLane, we bring the first technology into an ongoing practical use -- less than one year after founding the Future Store Initiative. Self-checkout is a fast and therefore popular alternative, especially for customers buying a small number of products. It also provides relief to our cashiers during peak business hours."