A song for the unsung  May 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Sherry Chiger

Just about everyone likes reading about celebrities, whether they’re stars on a global scale (is Tom Cruise crazy, or crazy like a fox?) or within one’s

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

MSC buys J&L  Apr 01, 2006 10:30 PM By MCM staff

Melville, NY-based maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplier MSC Industrial Direct Co. announced on March 16 that it was purchasing J&L Industrial

Fire Sale?  Apr 01, 2006 10:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

While the news that Hillsboro, OR-based Norm Thompson Outfitters was sold on March 13 to Catalog Holdings came as a surprise to many, it didn’t cause

Four Key Logistics Goals  Mar 15, 2006 9:15 PM By MCM staff

For the supply chain to be effective in a multichannel operation, it is necessary for management to meet four goals:

25 Ways to Lower Inventory Costs  Feb 22, 2006 9:27 PM By Ralph Cox

Inventory policies drive two types of costs: operating expenses and working capital requirements. The latest “Logistics Cost and Service Report” by Establish/Herbert W. Davis and Co. indicates that while total logistics costs as a percent of sales are falling, and most individual companies have succeeded in reducing inventory levels; total logistics costs per hundredweight are increasing, as are inventory costs as a percent of total logistics cost.

Home Depot acquires Hughes Supply  Feb 01, 2006 10:30 PM By Jim Tierney

In its largest purchase since it was founded in 1978, Atlanta-based Home Depot acquired Hughes Supply, a $4.42 billion distributor of construction materials

Sonoma packs up Hold Everything  Feb 01, 2006 10:30 PM By Jim Tierney

In the same Jan. 12 press release in which it announced a 12% rise in holiday sales, Williams-Sonoma said it would phase out its Hold Everything brand. Wants to Be Your Remote Control for the Web  Jan 12, 2006 7:44 PM By Brian Quinton

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