May 1, 2001




USPS Plunges Deeper Into Debt

These are scary times for the U.S. Postal Service — which makes them scary times for catalogers as well. Not only is a new rate case looming, but there’s the possibility of another postage increase as early as this summer.

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May 1, 2001




*Hot Properties

With a reasonably constructed ten-year lease, a fulfillment operation can expect to attain an equity-underwritten rate of three dollars a square foot triple net
A sustained stock market decline will be followed by shortages of long-term capital to feed the …

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May 1, 2001




working gear

Pick It Up
Imagine having picking accuracy guaranteed 100%. Westbrook, ME-based FastPic Systems claims that its new FastPic4 advanced inventory management and control software delivers perfect picking accuracy, allowing users to see actual pictures of inventory during the picking process to …

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May 1, 2001




In Praise of Crying Wolf

In Moira Cotlier’s cover story on how the European foot and mouth disease epidemic may hurt U.S. catalogers, consultant Andrea Lawson-Gray says, “We’re a country that is fairly short-sighted about problems that are not happening on our shores.” As …

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May 1, 2001




PRIVATE EYES

When a supervisor at one of WearGuard-Crest’s two U.S. call centers asked an employee why she had been e-mailing computer games back and forth with several friends, on company time while using a company computer, a funny thing happened.

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May 1, 2001




Crossing the Bar

Inspect process, not production, with overseas suppliers
Preparing for an international audience through an appreciation of their culture and methods of communication helps to set a foundation for building a relationship. While this is critical, you still have other opportunities …

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May 1, 2001




Scenarios

Case 1: Do It Yourself
In this scenario, you are in a fast-paced facility development mode, hold an excellent cash position as well as dependable capital resources, and require a 1.1 million-square-foot facility. You decide to act on your own behalf as …

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April 24, 2001




Burton to Bush: Do Something About the USPS

Washington–In a letter sent April 23, Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), requested that President Bush develop a long-term solution to the U.S. Postal Service’s financial problems “without having to resort to increasing rates or reducing the quality or affordability of …

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January 1, 2002




FAO Acquisition Rounds Out Right Start

At first glance, it looks like a case of the tail wagging — or buying — the dog. The Right Start, a $65 million children’s products cataloger/retailer, on Nov. 19 agreed to buy $150 million toys cataloger/retailer FAO Schwarz from Amsterdam-based retailer Vendex …

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April 12, 2001




Deputy PMG Gives USPS an ‘Outside Chance’ of No New Rate Case

New York—In an exclusive interview with CATALOG AGE on April 12, Deputy Postmaster General John Nolan said that despite the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to find alternatives, there’s only an “outside chance” that the agency …

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