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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April 1, 2004




Mid America Motorworks High on Rocky Mountain

Effingham, IL-based multititle cataloger Mid America Motorworks celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. And what better way to celebrate than by acquiring a key rival? In February, Mid America bought Woodland Park, CO-based Rocky Mountain Motorworks. Rocky Mountain was the $40 …

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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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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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March 4, 2004




Mid America Buys Rocky Mountain Motorworks

Mid America Motorworks
acquired Woodland Park, CO-based Rocky Mountain Motorworks late last month. Rocky Mountain was Effingham, IL-based Mid America’s largest competitor in the Volkswagen aftermarket accessories marketplace, according to Mid America president/”chief cheerleader” Mike Yager.
The $40 million-plus Mid …

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March 1, 2004




Service and Style

COMMON WISDOM HAS IT that the 55-plus age group and the Internet are like apples and oranges — they don’t mix well. But it’s not necessarily so. Appleseed’s, a women’s apparel retailer based in Beverly, MA, is one of a handful …

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March 1, 2004




Six Steps to Savvy Project Planning

I confess to struggling a bit with the best way to make this material useful. Budgeting for material handling equipment is so intimately tied to the specifics of each set of circumstances (design, functional and operational requirements, retrofit versus new, …

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March 1, 2004




Miles Kimball Parent Adopts Walter Drake

A year ago, home fragrance and decor manufacturer Blyth’s only involvement in the catalog industry was as a supplier. But today the Greenwich, CT-based company is a prominent player in the lower-end housewares and gifts sector — with catalog sales of …

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November 12, 2002




“Victor-Victoria” case reaches Supreme Court

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 is expected to alter the way federal trademark law is …

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