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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Laser check-out speeds store line TORONTO (CP) A sharp- eyed grocery check-out counter is drawing all the at- tention at the annual Cana- Digest expects to stay MONTREAL (CP) Reader's Digest says it ex- pects to stay in Canada. E. Paul Zimmerman, presi- dent of Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd., said Wednesday in his annual report to shareholders: "No responsible govern- ment in my judgment is going to punitively restrict an operation that has Canadianiz- ed itself and done the thing properly in Canada, as Reader's Digest has." The federal government has said it might consider eliminating tax concessions to the magazine's advertisers if Reader's Digest (Canada) cannot prove it serves the Canadian interest. Mr. Zimmerman reported net income for the fiscal year ended June' 30 of compared with the previous year. Per-share ear- nings dropped to from Net sales were up from Mr. Zimmerman said the reduced per-share earnings resulted from increased cost of product and sales material and an interruption of postal services late in the fiscal year He said the magazine now reaches Canadian readers each month and sales of English-language special books have increased in the last fiscal year. dian Retail Grocers Show this week. Called a revolution in food retailing, the counter features a small inset window over which a clerk passes the gro- ceries. A narrow band of reddish light beaming out from the window scans a postage- stamp-size coded label on each grocery item. This auto- matically registers the item's price on an electronic cash .register. Pierre Alexander, general manager of Bunker Ramo (Canada) Ltd., one of many companies demonstrating the automated check-out, said about one item a second can be put through the check-out. That is twice as many as an experienced cashier now man- ages by reading the price tag and ringing it up on the cash register. The automated check-out is expected to reduce check-out line-ups and help solve staff- ing problems at grocery stores. INVOLVES LASER BEAM The device utilizes a laser beam, a computer and elec- tronic cash registers. Instalation in an average store with eight or nine check- outs would cost to depending on the op- tions, Mr. Alexander said. Essential to its operation is the coded tag which manufac- turers are beginning to print on their products. Known as the universal product code, it does not give the price of the item. Rather it is a code number which the computer recognizes, trans- lates into the store's price and immediately transmits to the cash register. The major saving provided by the device is that no man- power is needed to put the in- dividual price tags on each of the thousands of items a chain store carries. The industry expects the un- iversal codes will be on most products by the end of 1975 and the automated check-out will take over soon after. Appointment MR.A.J.ARENS The flirectors of Leth- bridge Concrete Pro- ducts Ltd. are pleased to announce the appoint- ment of Arnold J. Arens, P. Eng., as vice president and general manager of the Company. Mr. Arens has had extensive ex- perience in the concrete and consulting fields over the past twenty five years. Appointment MR. D. O. TRADEWELL Arnold J. Arens, P.Eng., Vise President and genera! manager of Leth- bridge Concrete Products pleased to an- nounce the appointment of D. (Doug) O. Tradewell as sales manager of the company. Mr. Tradewell has been associated with the sale and promotion of concrete and concrete products throughout Al- berta during the past twelve years. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 1 Concfow Block Excellent location between two major highways. Good revenue property with plenty of room for expansion. For further information call or write: SCHWARTZ AGENCIES (1972) LTD. Box 1238 PhOM (403) 329-3331 Saturday, October 26, 1974 THE LETHBRIOOE HERALD Vancouver group watching computers VANCOUVER (CP) Have you ever tried to deal with a computer that persists in sending you bills you have already paid and for which you have sent numerous letters explaining your predicament? Beginning Monday a Van- couver ombudsman service will operate to help the vic- tims of computer monoliths. "It should help relieve a major frustration of con- says Dave Hinks, of the Consumers' Association of Canada which joined with the Canadian Informa- tion Processing Society to introduce the service. It is believed the first of its type in Canada and possibly in North America. The ombudsman office will be staffed by a group of com- puter experts to handle the complaints lodged by persons finding themselves incapable of further dealings with an un- sympathetic computer. H. H. Smith Ltd. Cuttomt Broker HMZ4-S4U COUTTS Office Phom 344-3822 Labor shortage plagues Alberta Roving car .This is part of the interior of the Pacific Canadian National's rov- ing antiques car. The car, built in 1924, has been on royal tours and now is used as a combined museum and retail sales outlet. CALGARY (CP) Alberta, already facing a labor shor- tage, will need- an estimated new workers in the next two years, says Jim Lockhart, chief economist for Alberta with the federal department of manpower and immigration. Alberta's booming economy, spearheaded by the energy bonanza, created 000 new jobs in the last 12 7.7 per cent increase in the labor there were still 500 vacancies in the second quarter of this year. Demand for workers is strong in building construc- tion, service industries, retail trade and area construction projects, Mr. Lockhart said. The fl-billion Syncrude oil sands project in northeastern Alberta will need workers by 1976. The petrochemical development in Medicine Hat is another area construction project requiring a large number of workers. Projects such as these mul- tiply job openings through secondary employment. Mr. Lockhart said the school system is expected to provide the bulk of the new workers, injecting graduates into the provincial labor force between now and 1976. Other sources of new workers include per- sons, mostly married re-entering the labor force; between and working-age immigrants in each of the next three years; interprovincial migration; and foreign workers on tem- porary work visas. The demand for workers ex- tends from unskilled, to semi- skilled, skilled and profes- sionals. The Technical Service Coun- cil, a non-profit job placement co-operative serving 500 Cana- dian employers, says job openings for engineers, scientists and other professionals increased 18 per Margarine exceeds U.S. butter price NEW YORK (AP) In parts of the United States margarine is no longer "the lower-priced spread." Rising prices for corn and soybean oil, margarine's ma- jor components, have reduced the price difference between margarine and butter. Many of the fancier margarines now exceed butter in price in some areas of the U.S. Bob Anderson, executive di- rector of the American Butter Institute in Chicago, says that as a result butter sales are "very, very with many dairies working extra shifts to meet the demand. Industry officials say that in the past, butter was nearly three times the price of the average margarine. But in the last year, crop, shortages and commodity speculation have pushed up market prices for corn and soybean oil. cent in Western Canada dur- ing the second quarter of 1974-most of it directly link- ed to Alberta resource development. The provincial government, which has singled out man- power as a critical area facing provincial development, is co- operating with industry, Canada Manpower and organized labor in expanding training programs in technical and vocational areas. "We want to upgrade the technical skills of Albertans and thus create more oppor- tunities for unskilled said Labor Minister Bert Hohol. The labor shortage in Alberta has created a laborer's market, with workers taking the better- paying jobs, leaving many minimum-wage jobs vacant. Mr. Hohol said the minimum wage of an hour will be increased during the next but it will be rais- ed in phases and not up to 93 as asked by the Alberta Federation of Labor. The migration of workers to Alberta is causing concern for neighboring provinces and was a topic for discussion at the recent Western premiers' conference in Vancouver. It was agreed that a mechanism would-be set up to monitor the migration. GEORGE MAYER Mr. Don. Pickett, Manager of Beaver Home Centre in Lethbridge is pleased to announce the ap- pointment of Mr. George Mayer as our Home Im- provement Consultant. If you require help with your planning, estimate or materials call at our store on 3rd Avenue or by appointment in your home. TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVES We at Xerox pride ourselves in having one of the best service operations in industry today. You can become a part of this team as a XEROX TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE IF YOU Possess initiative and an inquiring mind we offer challenge and problem solving. IF YOU Possess creativity we offer the atmosphere and tools to innovate fresh ideas. we offer advancement IF YOU Possess ambition and excellent salary. General qualifications include a high school diploma, a good understanding of mechanics and some knowledge of. electrical principles. A community college technical diploma is an asset. Entire training program at full pay. Upon com- pletion of training you will be assigned a territory in the Lethbridge area, servicing Xerox electro- mechanical office copying and duplicating equipment. in addition, Xerox offers a comprehensive bene- fit program, including fully paid profit sharing, health and life insurance and tuition aid. Isn't it time you started a career with a company that's going places at the same time you are? Positions available for both present and future employment. Telephone Rob Whitfitld at 328-7116 in Lath- bridge, or send details of your background to Mr. D. Northcott, Xerox of Canada Limited, Suite 844, 700 6 Avenue S. W., Calgary, Alberta T2P OT8. 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