December 9, 2004




RFID Stories of the Week: ARC: EPC RFID ROI is MIA, and AIM Global to Address RFID Skills

Companies that are actively investing in EPC RFID (Electronic Product Code Radio Frequency Identification) are doing so because they have to, not because they think they’re actually going to see a return on investment (ROI) anytime soon. In ARC Advisory …

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December 2, 2004




3PLs Gain Nearly Half of Logistics Budgets, Foresee Continued Growth

American manufacturers are spending more of their logistics budgets than ever before on the services of third-party logistics providers (3PLs). According to the 13th annual study released by Accenture and Northeastern University, American manufacturers allocated 40% of their 2003 logistics operating budgets …

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December 1, 2004




Making the Rounds with a DC Supervisor

Richard Mini likes to hit the hot spots on a regular basis — the hot spots, that is, of the distribution center of Branford, CT-based signage and safety products cataloger Seton Identification Products.
As distribution supervisor, Mini oversees Seton’s 50,000-sq.-ft. …

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December 1, 2004




In-Store Pickup Pitfalls and Payoffs

Multichannel marketers that allow catalog and online customers to pick up their orders in one of their stores find the service hugely popular among shoppers. For instance, nearly 45% of Sears.com sales this year have been picked up in stores, …

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December 1, 2004




Strategy Comes into Play

The summer months came and went without much notable deal activity. Just 16 deals were orchestrated in the third quarter. That’s up from 13 in last year’s third quarter but down from 22 two years ago.
The vast majority of deals were strategic …

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November 24, 2004




Warehousing Insider: Smart Ways to Manage Space, SKUs

If lack of DC storage space overwhelms you, consider this: Are you measuring it the right way? The newsletter Distribution Digest gives us this example: A company that sells rugs was having storage difficulties. To measure the space that the …

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November 24, 2004




You’ve Got RFID—and a Ton of Useless Data

You’ve shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you’re now the proud owner of a radio frequency identification system. What do you do with the mangled data it’s spewing out? Many companies, it appears, are asking …

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November 18, 2004




Avoiding WMS Myth-stakes

If you’ve been searching for a warehouse management system (WMS), you may find it helpful to avoid getting caught up in the “big myths” about such systems. These myths were compiled by Rene Jones, president and COO of Burbank, CA-based …

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November 10, 2004




Is It Time To Replace Your WMS? Early Warning Signs

Of course, a warehouse management system is a long-term investment. But in today’s DCs, which are pressured to meet ever-higher performance standards, technology becomes outdated far more quickly than it used to. What, then, do you do with your …

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November 1, 2004




Fashion Sense

WE ADMIT IT: The Web site of eFashion Solutions LLC may look a little too pretty for hard-core techies. Once you download the required Macromedia Flash Player, your first impression is of color — a lot of pink and black, punched …

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