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Aligning IT and operations  Jul 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

If yours is a systems-dependent operation and whose isn’t? you’re probably often frustrated by your IT department’s seeming inability to complete projects

Reducing shipping costs  Jul 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

We live in what may be dubbed, to use a clich, the Information Age. No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s advice on your love life or products

Analyzing packaging costs  Jul 01, 2005 9:30 PM By MCM staff

Choosing cost-efficient packaging is a complicated process that involves consideration of far more than just the cost of the materials alone. Labor, assembly,

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME  Jul 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., the government has launched sweeping initiatives to beef up supply chain security. It can be truly daunting

Choosing Your Database Technology: Inhouse or Service Bureau?  Jun 27, 2005 8:23 PM By Larry Daniel

Many companies have invested large amounts

The USPS Rate Case: Insider Tips to Control Shipping Costs  Jun 02, 2005 12:31 AM By Rama Ramaswami

Parcel shippers often quip that a postal rate increase every year is as inevitable as death and taxes. But unlike death, which has no gradations, a rate hike can range from minor to exorbitant. As rate increases go, the U.S. Postal Service’s flat 5.4% increase, proposed in the 2006 rate case the USPS filed on April 8, appears to be moderate enough for most shippers to handle.

7 sure-fire ways to improve packaging  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Rama Ramaswami

Whether you use automated or manual packing methods, making your package stand out from the crowd is a key concern for both merchants and packaging engineers.

PCI Pain  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

To protect against identity theft and security breaches, Visa and MasterCard have joined forces to enact stringent credit-card security requirements The

Some Like It HOT  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By Bennett Voyles

We tend to think of evolution as a straight-line climb out of the swamp and into Starbucks. But sometimes it doesn’t quite work out that way. Six hundred

LEAVING HOME  Jun 01, 2005 9:30 PM By MCM staff

Three days after Valentine’s Day, in the middle of a typical New England winter, The Boston Globe reached out and punched many of us Vermonters in the

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