January 16, 2002




Movers and shakers

Downers Grove, IL-based general merchant The Spiegel Group promoted Mark Staudinger from vice president of direct media to vice president of marketing. The company also named Paul Keur vice president of sourcing and production; he previously served as managing director …

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February 4, 2003




Ax falls on 300 L.L. Bean workers

Despite double-digit sales increases in December, L.L. Bean announced that it will lay off as many as 300 staffers during the next two months.
In November, the apparel and outdoor gear cataloger had offered an enhanced early-retirement package to more …

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January 1, 2002




Peaceable Kingdom

Rick Peterson is a quiet, soft-spoken man who seems to put plenty of thought into his answers. So ask him what it was like to move from a non-union to a union warehouse, when he became a manager for Leach …

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January 1, 2002




Clearing the Shelves

Post-holiday overstocks are like a New Year’s Day hangover: Once the party, or the catalog order curve, is over, it’s clear you’ve had too much. But the effects of a warehouse full of unsold goods linger far longer than the …

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January 1, 2002




Storehouse: Bottomed Out

If good sales cover a world of evils, then perhaps falling sales reveal myriad opportunities for today’s retailer. Or so we tell our clients who perceive the need to develop operating infrastructure and enlist the assistance of consultants in both …

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January 1, 2002




San Francisco Music Box Co.’s New Parent

As a noncore division of athletic shoes cataloger/retailer Foot Locker (formerly the Venator Group), The San Francisco Music Box Co. (SFMB) was pretty much left alone. Now its new parent, New York-based Kier Group Holdings, not only plans to …

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January 1, 2002




Lists and Prospecting: An Unlimited Bargain?

Would you pay twice as much as usual for a rental name if you could remail that name as often as you wished? Some companies are offering unlimited usage of their files.
For example, New York-based Hugo Dunhill Mailing Lists …

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December 1, 2001




Eye on B-to-B: The Fundamentals of Selling to the Feds

There’s no question that selling to the federal government is more difficult than selling on the open market. Often you must document your absolute best prices and offer the government the same or better. The amount of paperwork required is …

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December 1, 2002




Third-Quarter Deals Drop Off Slightly

Twenty-two deals involving catalogers were completed this past third quarter, a 24% decline from the 29 transactions that closed during the third quarter of 2001. That some of the quarter’s biggest deals, such as Kennametal’s purchase of Widia Group and Staples’ acquisitions of …

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November 1, 2001




Operations and Management: Conserving Energy in the DC

You may have already cut your distribution center (DC) costs by switching to less-expensive packaging or installing a more efficient conveyor system. But you may have overlooked trying to reduce your energy bills.
According to The Guide to Energy Management …

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