PERILS AND PAYOFFS SEEN IN TECHNOLOGY'S FUTURE

CHICAGO -- The technology horizon for retailers is riddled with a host of hidden land mines and undiscovered treasures that promise new competitive opportunities.It's a mixed bag of hope and fear as retailers contemplate the technical implications of year 2000, as well as the accompanying consumer stockpiling that's likely to occur in the fourth quarter.On the optimistic side, the potential business

CHICAGO -- The technology horizon for retailers is riddled with a host of hidden land mines and undiscovered treasures that promise new competitive opportunities.

It's a mixed bag of hope and fear as retailers contemplate the technical implications of year 2000, as well as the accompanying consumer stockpiling that's likely to occur in the fourth quarter.

On the optimistic side, the potential business benefits of exploiting the Internet and customer relationship marketing can'

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