February 1, 2004




Top Ten Supply Chain Challenges

IT’s NOT TOO LATE to carry out your New Year’s resolution to fix your supply chain in 2004. Even if you’ve been, ahem, rather slow to get going, you can catch up quickly if you “take action on a couple of …

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February 1, 2004




Not Mad, Just Careful!

According to the Center for Consumer Freedom, the odds of getting mad cow disease are about the same as winning the Powerball lottery and getting struck by lightning on the same day. But the specter of infectious disease in your …

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February 1, 2004




At Deadline

FINAL BIDS DUE FOR EXECUTIVE GREETINGS
Prospective buyers of New Hartford, CT-based Executive Greetings — which mails 15 business forms, labels, and stationery catalogs including Baldwin Cooke, HR Direct, and U.S. Diary — have until Feb. 16 to enter their bids in a …

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February 1, 2004




May I See Some ID, Please?

IN THE GAME OF TAG, you may soon be “it.” Thanks to deafening media buzz, even a casual reader knows that in the next few years retailers worldwide will track all manner of products by slapping a radio frequency identification …

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February 1, 2004




Budgets How Much?

It’s 2010. Do you know where your staff is? Most likely, scattered across the globe. In a somewhat scary look at the future of IT in the United States, CIO magazine’s December 2003 issue posits two different scenarios for technology — one where …

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February 1, 2004




The FAO Schwarz Saga Continues

Toys marketer FAO Schwarz, part of bankrupt parent firm FAO, may have narrowly escaped a shutdown when an 11th-hour buyer swept in just after Christmas. But many industry observers question what the new owner will do with the direct business.

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January 30, 2004




Financial Reports: Grainger, PC Connection, Zones, Guitar Center

Grainger Grows Profit on Flat Sales

Chicago-based maintenance, repair, and operating supplier W.W. Grainger (NYSE: GWW) reported a 7% increase in annual net earnings. Earnings for the year ended Dec. 31 were $227 million, compared with $212 million for 2002. Annual sales were flat …

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January 30, 2004




Target Shutting Its Print Catalogs

Target Corp.
has pulled the plug on all of its print catalogs: Marshall Field’s Direct and the former Rivertown Trading Co. gift titles, including Signals and ILoveaDeal.com. Target.direct will become an online-only marketer.
According to company spokespeople, …

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January 29, 2004




Blyth Buys Walter Drake

Home decor and home fragrance manufacturer Blyth on Jan. 29 announced it had acquired $80 million low-end housewares cataloger Walter Drake for $53 million. This is Greenwich, CT-based Blyth’s second catalog acquisition in less than a year; it had bought Drake competitor Miles …

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January 28, 2004




BBC America Shop Rules Britannia

The sun has set on the Britannia catalog. Having acquired the catalog from TargetDirect in August, New York-based BBC Worldwide Americas (parent company of BBC Direct) has merged it into its BBC America Shop title. Three weeks ago BBC America …

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