FRED MEYER WILL SPEED, STRENGTHEN ITS NETWORK

CHICAGO -- Fred Meyer Inc., whose recent acquisition makes it the nation's sixth-largest mass merchant, is adding new functionality and greater power to its communications network systems.Next month, the company will install high-speed T-1 lines to stores in order to carry both voice and data communications, said Walter Spellman, vice president of information services.Additionally, in the next few

CHICAGO -- Fred Meyer Inc., whose recent acquisition makes it the nation's sixth-largest mass merchant, is adding new functionality and greater power to its communications network systems.

Next month, the company will install high-speed T-1 lines to stores in order to carry both voice and data communications, said Walter Spellman, vice president of information services.

Additionally, in the next few months the chain will add "store and forward" functionality to facilitate elec

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