It's a date circled in red on every retailer's calendar: Sept. 30, 2004. Yet with a year to go, retailers and their industry partners remain divided over how best to devote their energies. Vigorous efforts to get the pending country-of-origin labeling rules rescinded or simplified are working against the industry's natural tendency to anticipate change, prepare to the nth degree and allow no room for misinterpretation. As it stands, retailers, with the aid of their suppliers, will be ...

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