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.

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