RETAILERS WARNED TO JOIN EBT DEBATE OR PAY LATER

DALLAS -- Retailers are late in confronting the issues and opportunities raised by electronic benefits transfer programs and, as a result, risk losing out on setting favorable national standards and cashing in once the full scope of the program kicks in.At stake is a whopping $111 billion in government-dispensed cash benefits -- to start.By not participating now in shaping EBT's infrastructure, retailers

DALLAS -- Retailers are late in confronting the issues and opportunities raised by electronic benefits transfer programs and, as a result, risk losing out on setting favorable national standards and cashing in once the full scope of the program kicks in.

At stake is a whopping $111 billion in government-dispensed cash benefits -- to start.

By not participating now in shaping EBT's infrastructure, retailers may soon be saddled with the unpleasant choice of joining in a system

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