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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January 25, 2006




Five Mistakes That Will Doom Your WMS Implementation

In the course of implementing numerous warehouse management systems (WMSs) and other software applications over the years, I’ve come across numerous problems and pitfalls. Below are what I consider the most deadly errors:
Mistake #1: focusing on the technology, not …

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In News, Operations & Fulfillment

January 19, 2006




Telescopes.com Hits New Heights

Quick: What’s an 8-inch Dobsonian? A Newtonian with erect image? How does a Schmidt-Cassegrain compare to a Makstuov-Cassegrain, or a reticle to a Super Plossl? Okay, then, an easy one: Which is bigger, 254 millimeters or seven inches? (See below …

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January 18, 2006




Live from NRF: Retail Beats 2005 Expectations, Looks at 2006 Slowdown

New York–The National Retail Federation (NRF) said the retail industry saw better-than-expected sales for both the year 2005 and the 2005 holiday season. But it sees a slowdown for retail in 2006.
Retailers saw a 6.4% increase in holiday sales, according to the NRF, …

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January 12, 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 products, 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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January 11, 2006




The True Cost of Fragmentation

In the world of distribution, “fragmentation” describes fulfilling from more than one location. It is the opposite of “consolidation,” the act of bringing multiple points of distribution under one roof. You say you’ve never heard “fragmentation” used this way …

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January 11, 2006




Ask the DC Doctor

Welcome to a new recurring feature, in which Bill Kuipers, president of Haskell, NJ-based operational consultancy Spaide Kuipers, diagnoses your warehouse and fulfillment ills and prescribes a solution.
Q: Can cycle counting improve accuracy of my inventory?
A: Cycle counting—…

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January 5, 2006




Are You Ready for Holiday 2006?

Promises, promises. All businesses make them, but the best actually deliver. Now is the time to conduct a post mortem of how well your multichannel business performed in holiday 2005 and to develop plans for improvement for holiday 2006. While it may …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Warehouse/Distribution Center

January 1, 2006




Material handling benchmarks

The more things change on the front end — dazzling new merchandise, cool Websites, innovative marketing campaigns — the more they stay the same on the back end. Logistical and fulfillment processes are often cobbled together, distribution center equipment is less than …

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In Channel Integration, Operations & Fulfillment

January 1, 2006




Boxed In?

Getting a detail right, as opposed to almost right, can make all the difference for multichannel merchants. Picking the right shipping package is one of those details. A case in point: Would Netflix be mailing out a million DVDs a …

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