Dollar General Agrees To Use POS For Visually-Impaired

Dollar General, the $10 billion discount retail chain, on Wednesday (Dec. 10) agreed to install specially-designed POS units intended to safeguard the privacy of visually-impaired consumers in all of its 8,300 stores in the U.S. "in less than eighteen months." The intent is to give those shoppers an alternative to touchscreen interfaces by offering tactile keys.

The chain, which has already installed the units in "several stores in Texas," according to a Dollar General statement, follows similar actions by other national chains including Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, RadioShack, Safeway, Trader Joe's and Wal-Mart. The most visible chain to oppose such efforts has been Target, which settled its efforts with a $6 million payment in September.

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