SUPERMARKETS QUESTION IMPACT OF ELECTRONIC COUPONS

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Internet coupon executives who gathered here for the recent Joint Industry Coupon Council were forced to defend their business models after a number of buyouts and closures in 2001. This left some supermarkets questioning the viability of broad-based Internet coupon programs.Among some of the casualties, Catalina Marketing, St. Petersburg, Fla., acquired the intellectual property

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Internet coupon executives who gathered here for the recent Joint Industry Coupon Council were forced to defend their business models after a number of buyouts and closures in 2001. This left some supermarkets questioning the viability of broad-based Internet coupon programs.

Among some of the casualties, Catalina Marketing, St. Petersburg, Fla., acquired the intellectual property of OneClip after it went out of business earlier this year. Transora, Chicago, Ill., acq

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