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 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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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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