Operations Summit




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

Bath & Body Works goes direct  May 01, 2006 9:30 PM By Melissa Dowling

Bath & Body Works has made the leap from one channel to three. The toiletries retailer launched a transactional Website in October and is now mailing

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.

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.

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

Blinkx.tv Wants to Be Your Remote Control for the Web  Jan 12, 2006 7:44 PM By Brian Quinton

Mixed blessing, double-edged sword, backhanded compliment

After sale, will SkyMall soar?  Jan 01, 2006 10:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Now that SkyMall has been sold to Spire Capital and ZelnickMedia Corp., look for the inflight co-op cataloger to ramp up its sales. Its new owners see

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