January 1, 2002




Making the Cuts

Edmund Optics canceled all fourth-quarter travel. Girlfriends L.A. is using lighter packaging materials to lower its shipping costs. Newark Electronics is printing on lighter paper to reduce the weight of its 1,700-page catalog, which is cutting its mailing costs …

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January 1, 2002




Recession Slams Office Suppliers

Months before Sept. 11, companies had already started trimming staffs and cutting expenses. Perhaps no market niche is feeling the effects of the economic slowdown as directly as the office furniture and supplies market.
“White-collar unemployment has been pressuring sales of …

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In Lists & Data - Business-14-05-2013

January 1, 2002




Fit to be Tied

These days, everyone’s looking to be in bondage — with a marvelous business partner, that is. And where better to look for the ties that bind than your logistics network? For companies squeezed by the economic downturn, running lean operations successfully …

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In Channel Integration, Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013

December 19, 2001




Movers and shakers

Programmer’s Paradise,
a Shrewsbury, NJ-based cataloger of software for computer professionals, appointed Marc J. Lieberman vice president of sales. He was previously vice president of sales and vice president of business development during an eight-year tenure at Micro Warehouse.

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December 4, 2001




Ikea nearly burned by supplier fire

It’s every cataloger’s nightmare: A warehouse full of product is destroyed, disrupting the mailer’s supply chain and its ability to fulfill orders. For Swedish furniture cataloger/retailer Ikea, the nightmare became a reality this past spring when …

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December 1, 2001




Pick of the Bunch

What do exotic produce and third-party logistics services have in common? Their buyers are picky. This year, companies that use 3PLs are examining the menu of offerings much more carefully. In a recent study, researchers from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Ship

December 1, 2001




Mergers & Acquisitions: Consumer Deals Melt Away in Summer Heat

As was the case with sales and earnings figures, mergers and acquisitions activity within the catalog and online marketing industry slumped during July, August, and September — especially among consumer print catalogers. Last year, 63% of the industry deals consumated in the …

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December 1, 2001




Honey, I Shrunk the Dot

There is the real world, and there is the electronic world. Tech shop findtheDOT, Inc., based in Oakland, CA, offers a technology designed to connect the two. The company has developed a device called a power dot, about the size …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Shipping/Delivery

December 1, 2001




NOW HEAR THIS

HE STRAPS ON A SMALL WIRELESS TRANSMITTER, adjusts a headset, and he’s off. Is he a salesman setting out on a road trip in a state that prohibits hand-held cell phones? Or perhaps a back-up singer for Madonna’s next tour? …

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In Inventory, Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013

December 1, 2001




DOLLARS & SENSE

Months before the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, the direct-to-customer business was performing erratically. Afterward, all bets were off. For many merchants, weathering the next several months with as few losses as possible will be the key to survival. So take …

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