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Bain Capital buys Guitar Center  Aug 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Private equity giant Bain Capital in late June acquired multichannel marketer Guitar Center. Under the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth

Shoes for Crews rolls out shoemobiles  Nov 01, 2006 10:30 PM By Heather Retzlaff

Business-to-business footwear merchant Shoes for Crews is hitting the road with its trucks that will conduct shoe fittings at customers’ facilities. The

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?  Sep 01, 2006 9:30 PM By John Fischer

Then: The Jazz Store debuted in October 1996 as a 40-page catalog, selling hard-to-find jazz videos, posters, CD sets, and books. Prices ranged from $10.95

Henry Schein buys three Darby companies  Aug 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Medical and dental giant Henry Schein just got a little bigger. On June 21 the $4.6 billion merchant said it would acquire the direct marketing divisions

Incentive Pay in the Warehouse, Part II  Jun 14, 2006 8:52 PM By MCM staff

Incentive programs for the warehouse, implemented in a variety of ways, have resulted in striking gains in productivity. These programs have also resulted in other benefits such as increased employee satisfaction.

Fuel Conservation No Idle Matter at UPS  Jun 14, 2006 8:47 PM By MCM staff

You wouldn’t think of something as benign as avoiding a left-hand turn could conserve fuel, but Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (UPS) swears by it. In fact, the parcel carrier has technology in its systems that help map this out routes that minimize the number of left turns the driver has to make. According to spokesperson Steve Holmes, avoiding left turns at intersections reduces idling which in turn lowers fuel consumption. “It seems small, but when you multiply it across 88,0000 vehicles making nearly 15 million deliveries every day during the course of a year, it adds up.”

Home Depot buys HDC  Jun 01, 2006 9:30 PM By MCM staff

Further proof that Home Depot wants to be a major player in the direct-to-consumer home decor market: On April 25 the Atlanta-based retail giant announced

Betty Crocker bids catalog goodbye  May 01, 2006 9:30 PM By John Fischer

After 44 years, the Betty Crocker subsidiary of Minneapolis-based General Mills will print its final catalog edition this fall. The book’s online counterpart,

Home Depot Direct on an upscale climb  May 01, 2006 9:30 PM By John Fischer

Having launched a triumvirate of catalogs during the past year, Atlanta-based retail giant Home Depot is hot on the trail of upscale buyers. The typical

The book closes on A Common Reader  May 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

What killed A Common Reader? Was it simply management issues? Or can the death be pinned on category killer Amazon.com? The sudden January shutdown of






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