March 1, 2004




Miles Kimball Parent Adopts Walter Drake

A year ago, home fragrance and decor manufacturer Blyth’s only involvement in the catalog industry was as a supplier. But today the Greenwich, CT-based company is a prominent player in the lower-end housewares and gifts sector — with catalog sales of …

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March 1, 2004




Smooth Sailing in Choppy Waters

Technology Market: CDW Computes a Profitable Sales Equation
Perhaps no industry has felt the economic slowdown more than the technology sector. According to Framingham, MA-based market research firm International Data Corp., overall IT spending on hardware has been flat for …

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February 15, 2006




The Human Factor in Slotting

The following article is from Waukesha, WI-based logistics solutions provider Red Prairie
Optimizing warehouse slotting can be a full-time job. For most distribution centers, the mix of items is constantly in flux. Items change packaging, and therefore handling characteristics. New …

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February 8, 2006




The Case for Multicarrier Shipping Solutions

The major package carriers began providing PCs and printers to shippers 20 years ago to help them fill out waybills (the paperwork needed for shipment) faster. These devices were designed to print shipping labels, track, store recipient addresses, and provide reports …

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February 1, 2006




Home Depot acquires Hughes Supply

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 and supplies, for $3.47 billion. The sale price includes the payment of $46.50 per outstanding share and the assumption of $285 million …

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February 1, 2006




Taking Measure of Picking

We don’t have to tell you that improving profitability is the number-one driving force in today’s operating environment. Honing your picking productivity is one way to reduce labor costs, extend facility capacity (buying time until your logistics network is expanded), …

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In Inventory, Operations & Fulfillment

February 1, 2006




The Case for Advanced Slotting Systems

How do you determine the best location in a warehouse for your products? Most companies begin by looking at their order pattern. Fast-moving products are placed in the front of the warehouse, while slow-moving ones are placed in the back.

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February 1, 2006




The Four Keys to Improving Inbound Freight Management

Some things never change. After the holiday season, there is invariably a movement to determine how costs can be reduced for the upcoming year. Every aspect of the operation should and does come under review. But not every area of …

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January 26, 2006




Federated to Invest $130 Million in Its Direct Business

Federated Department Stores plans to invest about $130 million in capital during the next two years to accelerate the growth of its direct-to-consumer channels. With the planned improvements, the company expects online and catalog sales to grow to more than $750 million …

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January 25, 2006




Practical Perspectives with Bill Kuipers

Q: We had a great fourth quarter in terms of sales, but we got killed in operations. Our service levels deteriorated in every department. Should we consider a third-party call center for overflow, and what systems should we consider to …

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