November 1, 2002




SOFT TOUCH

It’s not the ancient wisdom of the East to choose a process to conform to its environment; it’s just common sense. In bonsai gardening, tending a tree whose roots are circumscribed by a twelve-inch pot requires you to prune the …

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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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October 9, 2002




Bush on port stalemate: Get back to work!

Invoking the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, President Bush asked a federal court to order a stop to the 10–day West Coast port lockout. The court-ordered truce will keep ports open through the Christmas season, which accounts for 40% of retailers’ annual sales.

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October 1, 2002




Pulp Fiction

For catalogers, paper selection is a delicate balancing act. You must constantly weigh your creative aspirations against cost concerns.
During the past year, the economic recession has led a number of catalogers to settle for lesser papers than they might …

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October 1, 2002




Mobility Electronics Gets The Cash

Scottsdale, AR-based portable computing products manufacturer Mobility Electronics (Nasdaq: MOBE), which acquired Reno, NV-based cataloger iGo last March, says it has closed a $10 million line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank. The line of credit allows Mobility to pursue “growth …

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September 24, 2002




Live from the National Postal Forum: next postage increase nudged back

Boston–Depending on how you define “well into,” you may have reason to be encouraged about postal rates. In speeches at the National Postal Forum here on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, Postmaster General Jack Potter promised that because the U.S. Postal …

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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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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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