April 15, 2003




Operations and Management: The Back End Comes to the Forefront

In 1983, Reagan was in the White House, Dallas was on the TV, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was on the turntable, and mail order was still mail order. By most estimates, more than 85% of catalog orders came through the mail. And …

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In Ship, Shipping/Delivery

April 15, 2003




Live From NCOF: Catalogers Should Benchmark for

Today’s warehouse and distribution center managers are under the gun. Not only are they faced with cost reductions and technology changes, companies are also looking at the company’s fulfillment and logistics divisions to drive strategy, said Karl Manrodt, assistant professor …

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April 15, 2003




Operations and Management: Blair–An Unlikely Innovator

Considering that 93-year-old apparel and home items marketer Blair Corp. didn’t even started binding its catalogs until 1995 (the company started as a loose-sheet mailer), you may not think that it was an operations innovator 20 years ago. But it was.
Starting …

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In News

April 14, 2003




Live From NCOF: Catalogers Should Benchmark for ‘The Perfect Order’

Today’s warehouse and distribution center managers are under the gun. Not only are they faced with cost reductions and technology changes, companies are also looking at their fulfillment and logistics divisions to drive strategy, says Karl Manrodt, assistant professor and …

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In News

April 7, 2003




J. Crew Revises Fourth Quarter, Annual Results

Having made the strategic decision to clear inventory at the end of each selling season, apparel cataloger/retailer J. Crew Group has revised its net loss and EBITDA results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Feb 1–and not …

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April 1, 2003




DIRECT-TO-CUSTOMER FULFILLMENT SOFTWARE 2003 REVIEW

The direct-to-customer software marketplace is a mature industry whose current trends will mark its direction for the next few years. Though sales of DTC systems software slowed dramatically in 2001, the second half of 2002 saw more activity in terms of companies …

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In CRM, Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013

April 1, 2003




Terno: Still Getting It Done

TERNOVELOCITY IS A SYSTEM to reckon with. This is a “vintage” system that benefits greatly from the breadth and depth of its experience in the direct commerce field. A descendent of the Q\OP system, a dominant player in the 1980…

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In B2B, Channel Integration

April 1, 2003




Sneaker Solution

IN THE FIERCELY COMPETITIVE, uncertain world of Internet liquidation, Overstock.com uses what COO James Hyde calls the “sneaker solution” to keep the warehouse on its toes. Yep. Pickers in sneakers running around with carts, pulling stuff off shelves.
Theirs …

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In B2B, Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013

April 1, 2003




A Users’ Guide to Warehousing

EVERY JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, I have the privilege of conducting the Annual Warehousing Forum with several dozen distribution and operations professionals from the direct commerce industry. The makeup of the group is as diverse as the industry itself: Participants include …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Order Mgmt

April 1, 2003




Mixed Picking Methods Boost Efficiency

IN THESE LEAN ECONOMIC TIMES, nothing gets distribution execs more excited than the prospect of saving big bucks in the warehouse. This was the impetus for beauty products distributor Coty Inc. to automate order picking in its Sanford, NC, distribution …

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