September 3, 2008




Four Things to Know Before Buying a Robotic Palletizer

Robotic palletizers are becoming increasingly popular in medium- to smaller-sized distribution centers as they look to reduce labor costs, increase throughput, and improve reliability, safety and ergonomics. These automated machines can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes pack …

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September 2, 2008




Merchants to Report Credit Card Sales to IRS

If you’re running a small business and are sloppy with administrative processes, get ready to clean up your books. Buried deep in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (also known as “the housing bill”) is an amendment that …

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In Customer Relationship Management, News

September 1, 2008




Market Snapshot: Sharp-Dressed Men

The Men’s Apparel Catalog Market’s total universe hit 1.4 million names in the second quarter of this year, according to New York-based list brokerage services firm ParadyszMatera. That’s up 13%, or 161,000 names, from the second quarter of 2007.
The increase is partly due …

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September 1, 2008




Distribution: USPS wants your parcel business

When it comes to parcel delivery, the U.S. Postal Service aims to get leaner, meaner and more technologically advanced.
During a conference call on July 1, Postmaster General John E. “Jack” Potter discussed USPS’ plan to reorganize itself over the …

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In Operations & Fulfillment

August 28, 2008




Transcat Buys Westcon for $7.2 Million

Transcat Inc., a marketer of grade test, measurement and calibration instruments and services, has acquired competitor Westcon Inc. in a cash-stock transaction valued at approximately $7.2 million. Based in Portland, OR, Westcon is a regional distributor of test and measurement instruments …

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August 21, 2008




Mrs. Field’s to Enter Chapter 11

Mrs. Fields Famous Brands LLC, which licenses about 1,200 Mrs. Fields Cookies and TCBY frozen yogurt locations worldwide, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last Friday, the …

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August 20, 2008




IKEA Catalog Goes Mobile – Literally

For the rollout of its 2009 catalog, IKEA is hittin’ the streets. The streets of Seattle, that is. The furniture dealer is using a mobile billboard and 3D showroom vehicle from GoMobile Advertising to promote the launch of its new 374-page …

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August 13, 2008




Keeping It Cool in the DC

It’s August — and man, is it hot out there! As you probably know, employee productivity drops when it gets too warm in your warehouse. Not only do workers get fatigued earlier in the day, the heat can affect …

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August 1, 2008




Slight Gains for Food Catalog Buyers

The Food Catalog Market’s total universe was 9.5 million names as of the first quarter of this year, according to New York-based list brokerage services firm ParadyszMatera. That’s up 3%, or 288,000 names, from the first quarter of 2007.
Newcomers to this segment include …

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In Channel Integration, Cross Channel

July 23, 2008




Zappos DC Does the Robot

Ever considered robots for your warehouse? Online shoe retailer Zappos.com now has a fleet of 70 working in its distribution center.
The robots – which measure about 2’x3’x4’ and look like oversize orange breadboxes with wheels and little headlights– autonomously …

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