January 1, 2003




Supreme Court to Rule on Victor/Victoria Case

A lawsuit pitting small adult-novelties shop Victor’s Little Secret against cataloger/retailer Victoria’s Secret made its way before the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12, and the outcome will establish a standard for future trademark protection. At press time, the …

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January 1, 2003




Sign Language: 6 ways to create effective signage

When was the last time you were in a distribution facility that posted attractive and effective signs? Like most of us, you probably couldn’t think of a specific example that impressed you enough to provoke an immediate response to this …

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February 1, 2004




CUTTING EDGE TO LEADING EDGE: Voice Technology Emerges

Yes, it has emerged, and I’d like to take credit for the title, but that honor goes to Gerry Greenleaf, vice president of distribution for Hannaford Bros. Co., who is currently knee-deep in the implementation of a voice system. It …

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February 1, 2004




A Healthier Holiday

Once the holiday season has ended and the receipts have been tallied, the big question is, Was it good for you too?
As of mid-January, the National Retail Federation was standing by its earlier prediction that consumer holiday sales for 2003 …

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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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December 1, 2002




It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

This fall’s West Coast port dispute has made retailers justifiably nervous about whether this supply chain link will hold for the holiday season.
For instance, baseball fans missed out on 57,000 promotional cameras for attendees at the World Series in October. …

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January 9, 2004




Swiss Colony Cuts Staff Following Disappointing Holiday Sales

Multititle mailer Swiss Colony announced on Tuesday that it would close one call center and a production facility servicing its namesake food catalog, laying off 69 employees.
The Monroe, WI-based company decided on the layoffs following a 5% decline in holiday sales …

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November 25, 2002




West Coast dockworkers, shippers reach tentative agreement

Good news for marketers: The West Coast dock workers and The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached a tentative six-year contract agreement on Nov. 24. The agreement, if ratified, will end the labor dispute that closed the West Coast ports for 10 days …

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January 1, 2004




Pick the Best

Periodically, almost every operation is faced with the task of needing to revamp its picking methods. Common goals for a picking process revision are (1) to meet the changing requirements of specific customers; (2) to improve performance by gaining speed or improving …

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January 1, 2004




Seven Strategies for Expanding Your Business

Ever since the recession dug in its heels nearly three years, survival, rather than growth, has been the goal for many catalogers.
But finally, things are looking up, and marketers are now looking to expand. It’s time to dedicate effort …

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