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Snow, Sun, Gift Cards Shape Holiday Season  Jan 20, 2005 4:04 AM By Barbara Arnn

The Retail Weather Index published by Wayne, PA-based risk management firm Planalytics claims that favorable weather, especially in the East, finally drove consumers into stores in the last two weeks of shopping before Christmas. The National Retail Federation, which staunchly upheld its positive prognostications for the retail season in the face of seemingly daunting statistics, opines that retail discounts and gift cards were behind the last-minute shopping surge

If It Ain’t Broke: WMS Trends in 2005  Jan 13, 2005 12:53 AM By Barbara Arnn

Experts consulted for the Distribution Group

Economy for 2005 Liable to Be Slow but Steady, Probably  Jan 13, 2005 12:42 AM By Barbara Arnn

A recent Knowledge at Wharton article interviewing four professors of finance and economics at the University of Pennsylvania

Ernst & Young Market Basket Highlights Inflation vs. Deflation in the Consumer Price Arena  Jan 06, 2005 1:10 AM By Barbara Arnn

Imagine economic trends as a sort of gladiatorial combat with manufacturers and retailers engaged in struggle before a vast and sometimes participatory audience of consumers (CPI

Ad Expenditures Continue Global Growth, New Media Lead the Way  Jan 06, 2005 1:04 AM By Barbara Arnn


Manual to Automatic  Jan 01, 2005 10:30 PM By Barbara Arnn

RETURNS MEAN TROUBLE and expense at either end of the supply chain, and the larger the business, the larger the potential headache of returns. Just ask

Value Pack  Jan 01, 2005 10:30 PM By Barbara Arnn

IF YOU ARE LOOKING for value-added packaging services, you probably know exactly what you mean, but who else does? There seem to be almost as many interpretations

Offshore Outsourcing Isn’t Where It Used to Be  Dec 23, 2004 1:05 AM By Barbara Arnn

Outsourcing has moved on. An A.T. Kearney study of offshore outsourcing trends is making some surprising predictions of trends in 2005. For one thing, outsourcing isn

Where Do You Stand? Web-based Benchmark Portal Offers Insight  Dec 23, 2004 1:01 AM By Barbara Arnn

Competition and capitalism are practically synonymous, but whether you need compare your operation to others or to track continuous improvement against your own record, how do you know how well you

More Power to You  Dec 15, 2004 8:31 AM By Barbara Arnn

Electric power is indispensable to developed economies, and that simple fact is unlikely to change any time soon. The power industry will continue to grow globally, though regional differences will remain significant, according to the

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