RETAILERS GIRD FOR LATE '99 Y2K-INSPIRED BUYING SURGE

CHICAGO -- From the heart of Texas to England's high streets, retailers are preparing for fourth-quarter surges in demand with contingency planning tactics that include consumer-education campaigns, practice drills and heightened levels of collaboration with supply-chain partners.The expected spike in consumer demand is widely attributed to stockpiling consumers are likely to do because of uncertainties

CHICAGO -- From the heart of Texas to England's high streets, retailers are preparing for fourth-quarter surges in demand with contingency planning tactics that include consumer-education campaigns, practice drills and heightened levels of collaboration with supply-chain partners.

The expected spike in consumer demand is widely attributed to stockpiling consumers are likely to do because of uncertainties related to the year-2000 issue. In addition, the traditional holiday season and o

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