Retailers look for Y2K protection

Retailers look for Y2K protection

Manufacturers and retailers may be forced to attach an official logo or sticker to all PCs guaranteeing them to be manufactured for Y2K compliance as the result of an Australian Retailers Association (ARA) summit late last month.

The ARA called the meeting following the launch of government-funded Y2K awareness campaigns designed to alert the general populace to possible problems on January 1.

Michael Lonie, executive officer, electronic commerce at ARA said the most significant resolution to come from the gathering was a recommendation that a common logo should be established and attached to all relevant product showing it to be Y2K ready. This suggestion was subsequently taken up by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

It was also resolved that attempts should be made to establish a database which retailers could access showing the status of all currently available products. Lonie said there was a degree of cooperation amongst major manufacturers, suppliers and retailers on the issue and that "they were pleased the ARA had endeavoured to put down a set of guidelines".

Although the ARA has no regulatory role over the industry, it is a powerful lobby group working on behalf of many major and minor retail organisations. As a result, it has in the past been able to exert pressure on regulatory bodies for the benefit of its members.

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