Y2K FOCUS GETS SHARPER AS 500-DAY MARK PASSES

NEW YORK -- With the countdown to Jan. 1, 2000 having just passed the 500-day mark Aug. 19, information technology executives from a variety of retailing segments say the clock on the year-2000 computer time bomb is ticking a lot louder.While the level of preparedness among retailers and wholesalers varies widely, the supermarket industry's relatively recent embrace of technology advancements may

NEW YORK -- With the countdown to Jan. 1, 2000 having just passed the 500-day mark Aug. 19, information technology executives from a variety of retailing segments say the clock on the year-2000 computer time bomb is ticking a lot louder.

While the level of preparedness among retailers and wholesalers varies widely, the supermarket industry's relatively recent embrace of technology advancements may help it deal with the problem.

"Many of our in-store systems are relatively new,

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