November 1, 2003




Cotton Picking

RATIONALES FOR OUTSOURCING fulfillment usually boil down to three. When a company wants to do business beyond its traditional operating radius, outsourcing logistics functions to a local 3PL often makes more sense than building, staffing, and equipping a new facility. …

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November 1, 2003




Catalog Merchandise: Fall Themes–Channeling Cole Porter

It’s not easy trying to write a merchandise trend column on the home furnishings front nearly every quarter, as trends emerge slowly — especially in a recession year. But after attending the summer trade shows, I am much more upbeat than …

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November 1, 2003




Micro Warehouse: What Went Wrong?

It’s tough to say what was more surprising: that Micro Warehouse, one of the industry’s largest and oldest computer catalogers, was selling the North American portion of its business to $4.3 billion rival CDW, or that CDW was able to snap …

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November 1, 2003




Thanks, Uncle Sam

Call him Sam. He’s a dream customer. He buys everything imaginable: safety gloves, flood lights, computers, pool supplies… even air-activated hand and foot warmers.
But Sam isn’t your average credit-card-happy customer. He’s Uncle Sam. That’s right, the federal government. For …

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In Email, News

November 1, 2003




PC Mall Relaunches Former Egghead Site

Computer reseller PC Mall on Oct. 28 relaunched OnSale, an online marketplace and auction site. The Torrance, CA-based marketer is hoping to repeat the success of its first online auction business, Ubid, which was spun off to shareholders in 1999.
The original …

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October 29, 2003




Angelica Assesses Life Uniform Segment

Saint Louis-based marketer/manufacturer Angelica Corp. (NYSE:AGL) has hired New York investment bank Morgan Joseph & Co. to review strategic alternatives for its struggling Life Uniform segment. In a company release, Life Uniform segment, which sells scrubs and uniforms to …

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October 29, 2003




Financial Reports: The Sportsman’s Guide, PC Mall, RedEnvelope, Gaiam

Earnings Double at The Sportsman’s Guide
South St. Paul, MN-based outdoor gear cataloger The Sportsman’s Guide (Nasdaq: SGDE) continues to ride the wave of prosperity. Net earnings skyrocketed 164%, to $710,000 for the quarter, compared to $269,000 last year. While not as impressive …

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July 1, 2002




paper jam

By now, we were all supposed to be beaming payments back and forth between our cell phones and smart cards. Purchases would be check-less and cash-less and sci-fi smooth, our old coins and dollar bills just study aids for school …

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In Payment/Security, Ship

July 1, 2002




Out of School

Do you harbor a burning desire to upgrade your logistics and supply chain management knowledge base? Few of us have the spare time to go back to school, but learning while working has never been easier or more affordable than …

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July 1, 2002




Artful Dodgers II

Ethics are on everyone’s mind these days, so it wasn’t a surprise when my May editorial (“Artful Dodgers,” p. 6) received more feedback than this column usually gets. I had already decided that the subject needed a reprise when, lo and …

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