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.

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