November 1, 2000




Weighing the heavyweights

Who’s better for catalogers: Bush or Gore? It’s that time again – time to hit the voting booths, pull the lever, and (hopefully) elect the officials who will benefit you most. This year is particularly noteworthy. Not only is there …

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November 1, 2000




Catalyst Warehouse Management System

Everybody’s getting into the act. We’ve seen all the major catalog management systems become Internet-enabled. Now the warehouse management systems (WMS) are following suit. One of the more interesting of these is the Catalyst Warehouse Management System. With a Web-browser …

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November 1, 2000




New House rules?

As is the case every other year, all 435 House seats are up for reelection. The good news is that the more cataloger-friendly representatives are, in the words of Roll Call, the independent newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, “safe” bets to …

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February 1, 2001




I. Bits: FOOFOO, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

As this is the first issue of the new year, we decided to honor those companies featured in I.Merchant articles last year that did not survive long enough to usher in 2001:
BizBuyer.com, b-to-b reverse-auction marketplace (“Ask the Experts,” …

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February 1, 2001




full speed ahead

Superman’s outfit was cool, but it must have cost him a bundle. Besides, do you really need material handlers who can leap over tall buildings with a single bound? A more realistic expectation is that they rev up productivity in …

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October 1, 2000




fenvessy on personnel

Productivity Improvement and Cost Reduction The overall goals of the executive in charge of fulfillment should be three-fold:
- provide fast order turnaround;
- perform it competently and accurately; and
- produce the results economically.
This final chapter brings into …

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January 1, 2001




CASE STUDY: ROSS-SIMONS

Coordination, Not Integration… Not Yet, Anyway With 11 stores, a four-year-old Website, and an annual catalog circulation of about 70 million, jewelry, gifts, and tabletop items marketer Ross-Simons is working hard to maximize the synergies of its multiple channels – at least …

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January 1, 2001




InStyle Catalog Already Out

While cataloger Williams-Sonoma took the plunge into magazine publishing with the recent launch of Taste, fashion and entertainment magazine InStyle launched a catalog. But if you were not among the 750,000 people who received the 42-page book in October, you’re out …

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January 1, 2001




The More Things Change

Historically, the direct-to-customer fulfillment industry has tended to view the outsourcing of fulfillment operations as unacceptable. That attitude is rapidly changing as the third-party fulfillment (3PF) services marketplace is transformed, largely by e-commerce. 3PFs now represent a viable operating alternative …

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January 1, 2001




Catalogs on TV

For holiday 1999, many pure-play e-commerce marketers with capital to burn spent lavishly on TV commercials touting the convenience and “coolness” of online shopping. But holiday 2000 saw such catalogers as CDW Computer Centers, J.C. Penney, Talbots, and Victoria’s Secret promoting …

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