January 1, 2004




Productivity Countdown

Industrial engineers commonly assume a maximum productivity rate of two-thirds in the absence of measurable labor standards. As an initial segment of its major new study on warehouse productivity measurement, in October 2002 the Warehousing Education and Research Council surveyed its …

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January 1, 2004




Measuring Efficiency

Supply chain efficiency may be hard to measure, but claims for the benefits of upgrading or completely revamping supply chain management IT systems abound. The current period may not be a bad time to do just that. Says Charles Troyer, …

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January 1, 2004




Big-Picture Benchmarks

WHEN IT COMES TO BENCHMARKING, successful companies don’t let the numbers speak for themselves. These organizations look at the larger picture, comparing themselves both with companies of similar scope and size and internally, by looking at historical patterns. They use …

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January 1, 2004




Home Depot Launches Consumer Catalog

Hardware retailing giant Home Depot in November dropped its first consumer catalog. The Atlanta-based company mailed 5 million copies of a 68-page holiday book to a combination of customers and prospects. The title sells more than 250 gift and home items, ranging …

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January 1, 2004




Advances in Bar Coding

All the talk about radio frequency identification technology makes it easy to believe that traditional bar codes are on their last legs. Not so, according to many experts. In fact, bar code technology will continue to be the “workhorse” of …

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January 1, 2004




3Q Sales Grow at the Expense of Profits

For business and computer catalogers, increased sales came at the expense of profits during the third quarter.
Among the 14 publicly traded companies tracked for Catalog Age by investment bank Tully & Holland, 86% reported third-quarter sales gains. For the same period of …

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January 1, 2004




Material Handling

Back in January 2002, when we last published this study, we were describing companies shell-shocked after 9/11 and facing a world that would never again be the same. Understandably, they were cautious, uncertain, and eager to hang on to what they had …

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January 1, 2004




Petals Acquired by Southridge Capital

Shortly after cataloger/retailer Petals filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in November, its name and assets were acquired by Ridgefield, CT-based private equity firm Southridge Capital Management through its subsidiary holding company, Petals Decorative Accents Corp.
Six months before filing for …

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December 10, 2003




Petals Acquired by Southridge Capital

The name and assets of cataloger/retailer Petals, which filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in November, was acquired by Ridgefield, CT-based private equity firm Southridge Capital Management through its subsidiary holding company, Petals Decorative Accents Corp.
Prior to filing for Chapter 7, …

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December 3, 2003




Home Depot Acquires MRO Supplier

In a move to bolster its Maintenance Warehouse catalog, Fullerton, CA-based Home Depot has agreed to buy Economy Maintenance Supply Co., a Sterling, VA-based wholesaler of maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Maintenance …

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