Recently, the American Red Cross urged consumers to stock up on nonperishable grocery items and bottled water in anticipation of year-2000 computer crashes, but most retailers don't think that's necessary. The ARC is concerned that computer malfunctions could affect general services, as well as warehouse deliveries to supermarkets, leaving people without food or water. "As far as stocking up is concerned, we're asking people to have at least a week's supply," said Sheila Auster, a ...

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