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    The Pantry Partners with NCR

    Deal calls for the installation of RealScan scanners in 310 convenience stores by the end of 2002.

    SANFORD, N.C. -- The Pantry Inc. is stepping up its commitment to retail automation by announcing a deal with Dayton, Ohio-based NCR Corp. to implement scanning technology at approximately a quarter of the chain's 1,200 convenience stores in the southeastern United States.

    Financial terms weren't disclosed.

    Under terms of the deal, NCR will install scanners in 310 Pantry-owned stores by the end of the year. Pantry stores had not previously employed bar-code scanners. Pantry officials expect the scanners to collect accurate, detailed data on the food and merchandise it sells, enabling the chain to improve the effectiveness of its inventory and merchandise management processes.

    "We found the NCR RealScan 7892 to be rugged and reliable, with features that make it well-suited to the convenience store environment," said Ed Collupy, vice president of information services for The Pantry. "For example, it gives our associates flexibility in the way they scan, making their jobs easier and helping them to be more productive."

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