July 1, 2001




Market Sector Report: Tuning in to Electronics

Consumer electronics margins typically average 15%-20%, vs. 25%-30% in other categories
This is the third in a series of Market Sector Reports being published in Catalog Age this year. The first report, on business-to-business school supplies, appeared in the February …

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July 1, 2001




Small Catalogs Forum: Management Software That Fits

When it comes to selecting catalog management software (CMS), small mailers tend to choose the most basic package in order to keep costs down.
But such a strategy may be penny wise but pound foolish. “Most small catalogers should invest …

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July 1, 2001




California’s Energy Crisis Zaps Mailers

Imagine a typical day at work. Your warehouse employees are unloading the most recent shipment of widgets. In the call center, headset-bedecked phone reps are feverishly inputting orders. At the same time, your art director is designing the next issue …

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July 1, 2001




Operations and Management: Keep on Truckin’

Steve Harris, senior vice president of Middlebury, VT-based warehouse design consultancy Bread Loaf Corp., defines a smart warehouse as one that minimizes operational expenses while encouraging peak productivity. Close attention to details is critical in creating just such a distribution …

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July 1, 2001




Small Catalog Forum: Chivalry Is Not Dead, Says Niche Mailer

As a child growing up in Germany, Gael Stirler was exposed to the country’s rich medieval and Renaissance history. As an adult, she is exposing others to the clothing, weapons, and accessories of those eras through her catalog and store, …

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July 1, 2001




FYI: FULFILLMENT: A SONNET

Demand arises early, a prospect to a vendor; Relentless hunger gnawing at its rest, The warehouse glitters brightly, replete with trinkets’ splendor, Replenished, counted, clean, its tidy best. By noon the buyer’s guesses hit the totes, And skate wheels sing …

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July 1, 2001




Have It Your Way

Instead of having to fumble through layers of pre-designed computer interfaces, you can now customize your warehouse inventory control interface to give you access to the functions you use the most. This customizable toolbar is part of the new FastPic4 …

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July 1, 2001




THE CUTTING EDGE

If you were a doctor treating the human body, you would try, as far as possible, to save a diseased limb, not hack it off with abandon. But if you were a business manager facing a massive cost-cutting campaign launched …

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July 1, 2001




Nightmare on Main Street

Best fits will meet 70%-80% of your needs before modification
Here’s an operations and fulfillment professional’s nightmare: After months of research and a mega-monetary investment, instead of providing improved efficiency, your new software system delivers limited functionality, unexpected costs, and …

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July 1, 2001




HOUSE CALL

If different tasks proceed at different rates, try to arrange work steps so that the faster process is executed before the slower one
If your WMS is building carts, investigate basing the process on cubic capacity rather than on a …

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