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.

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