January 1, 2003




Mixed Outlook for the New Year

Operations executives should expect both good and bad news in 2003, with some tough issues seemingly resolved, new challenges appearing, and the ever-present possibility of real surprises in the coming months.
WEST COAST GRINCHES FOILED
After weeks of bitter accusations from …

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January 1, 2003




Opinion & Response

Frodo Doesn’t Really Live, You Know
Tying in with the release of the second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the holiday catalog from collectibles mailer The Noble Collection includes nine pages of swords, goblets, and of course, …

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In Shipping/Delivery

January 1, 2003




Here, There, and Everywhere

When seeking ways to increase sales and their companies’ long-term prospects, few catalogers consider expanding into an overseas market. And it’s true that mailing into, say, Japan or Brazil isn’t a simple proposition. The language, the currency, the privacy regulations, …

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In News

January 1, 2003




Good Move

EVERY NOW AND THEN something goes really right, as it did recently when a client of ours performed a highly successful move of its distribution operation. La Crosse Footwear, a boot distributor in La Crosse, WI, decided to close its …

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January 1, 2003




Whole Nine Yards

FANBUZZ INC. WORKS HARD for its money. No mere fulfillment house, the company provides a range of turnkey solutions that cover everything from scoop to nuts. FanBuzz takes and processes orders, warehouses merchandise, ships it, and designs and builds customized …

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December 1, 2002




Ho, Ho, Ho!

Santa’s not the only one making a list of who’s naughty and who’s nice. While trying to complete my holiday shopping without stepping foot in a store, I devised my own file of catalogers who deserve lumps of coal and …

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December 1, 2002




Critical Issues Roundtable: Not Sleepless in Seattle

It’s a scary world out there for catalogers. In addition to the economic doldrums with which all marketers have to contend, mailers have to worry about postage hikes, paper quality, and margin erosion, among other issues. Yet the five executives …

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December 1, 2002




It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

This fall’s West Coast port dispute has made retailers justifiably nervous about whether this supply chain link will hold for the holiday season.
For instance, baseball fans missed out on 57,000 promotional cameras for attendees at the World Series in October. …

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December 1, 2002




Keeping Content in Context

First-time visitors to the Website of teen apparel cataloger Alloy can be forgiven for confusing it with sites for magazines such as Seventeen and Elle Girl. After all, the 1 million 12- to 18-year-olds who visit every month can check their …

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December 1, 2002




Pay as You Go

OrderMotion from Transaction Smartware Inc. is a fully functional order management system with essential inventory management and fulfillment capabilities. The big story is that OrderMotion is available only on an application service provider basis.
In most cases, including this one, …

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