RUBBERMAID DEEPENING PARTNERSHIPS

NEW YORK -- Rubbermaid is deepening its partnerships with retailers as part of an effort to bring new products to market faster. "We are now talking about adding these business relationships at three or four levels," said William Hauser, manager of research and consumer services for the Wooster, Ohio-based company. For example, Rubbermaid now has a "top management partnership," he said. Also, Rubbermaid

NEW YORK -- Rubbermaid is deepening its partnerships with retailers as part of an effort to bring new products to market faster. "We are now talking about adding these business relationships at three or four levels," said William Hauser, manager of research and consumer services for the Wooster, Ohio-based company. For example, Rubbermaid now has a "top management partnership," he said. Also, Rubbermaid has developed electronic data interchange with its major customers so computer executives

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