OUR BUSINESS COULD BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY A SYSTEMS OR EQUIPMENT FAILURE,
WHETHER OUR OWN OR OF OUR CLIENTS.
Our operations are dependent upon our ability to protect our distribution
facilities, customer service centers, computer and telecommunications equipment
and software systems against damage and failures. Damage or failures could
result from fire, power loss, equipment malfunctions, system failures, natural
disasters and other causes. Although we believe we have sufficient property and
business interruption insurance, if our business is interrupted either from
accidents or the intentional acts of others, our business could be materially
adversely affected. In addition, in the event of widespread damage or failures
at our facilities, our short-term disaster recovery and contingency plans and
insurance coverage may not be sufficient.
Our clients' businesses may also be harmed from any system or equipment
failures we experience. In that event, our relationship with these clients may
be adversely affected, we may lose these clients, our ability to attract new
clients may be adversely affected and we could be exposed to liability.
Interruptions could also result from the intentional acts of others, like
"hackers." If our systems are penetrated by computer hackers, or if computer
viruses infect our systems, our computers could fail or proprietary information
could be misappropriated.
If our clients suffer similar interruptions in their operations, for any of
the reasons discussed above or for others, our business could also be adversely
affected. Many of our clients' computer systems interface with our own. If they
suffer interruptions in their systems, the link to our systems could be severed
and sales of their products could be slowed or stopped.
A BREACH OF OUR E-COMMERCE SECURITY MEASURES COULD REDUCE DEMAND FOR OUR
A requirement of the continued growth of e-commerce is the secure
transmission of confidential information over public networks. A party who is
able to circumvent our security measures could misappropriate proprietary
information or interrupt our operations. Any compromise or elimination of our
security could reduce demand for our services.
We may be required to expend significant capital and other resources to
protect against security breaches or to address any problem they may cause.
Because our activities involve the storage and transmission of proprietary
information, such as credit card numbers, security breaches could damage our
reputation and expose us to litigation and possible liability. Our security
measures may not prevent security breaches, and failure to prevent security
breaches may disrupt our operations.
OUR BUSINESS AND SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO RISKS RELATED TO THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM.
The "Year 2000" problems of our clients, our internal systems and companies
on the Internet generally could materially adversely affect our systems or
operations. See "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operations -- Year 2000 Issue."