February 17, 2010




Negotiating parcel contracts for 2010

With the 2010 FedEx and UPS general rate increases now implemented, many shippers are feeling the squeeze on their transportation dollars.
Needless to say, improvements to your carrier pricing can ensure greater profitability and marketplace competitiveness. While there are many strategies …

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December 3, 2008




Sales Without Inventory

Sales without inventory—now there’s an oxymoron. Many of us who cut our teeth in the retail and catalog trade know that you have to own inventory to make sales. In fact, for many businesses it’s the largest …

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October 1, 2008




Talking order fulfillment

Voice-directed fulfillment has been a bit slow to catch on among direct merchants, compared to traditional retailers. Why?
Part of the reason is that the process requirements for catalog and online fulfillment centers are vastly different from brick-and-mortar retailers.
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February 5, 2008




Preparing for Inevitable Supply Chain Disruptions

Product recalls from Asian vendors. Store or warehouse closures due to natural disasters like hurricanes/floods/earthquakes. Labor unrest. Missed deliveries from customs-clearance delays and/or port bottlenecks.
The list goes on and on…dozens if not hundreds of possible …

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February 1, 2007




On picking and packing

Most companies understand the importance of following best practices — but many don’t know exactly what those practices are. That’s where Kate Vitasek, managing partner of Bellevue, WA-based consultancy Supply Chain Visions, comes in. This month she kicks off a quarterly …

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October 4, 2006




Thinking of Relocating Your DC? Consider These 5 Factors

Is your distribution center cramped? Or do you think you might save substantially on your outbound shipping costs by moving into a DC? A warehouse relocation may be just the thing for you. But before you go breaking ground or …

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December 9, 2004




RFID Stories of the Week: ARC: EPC RFID ROI is MIA, and AIM Global to Address RFID Skills

Companies that are actively investing in EPC RFID (Electronic Product Code Radio Frequency Identification) are doing so because they have to, not because they think they’re actually going to see a return on investment (ROI) anytime soon. In ARC Advisory …

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December 1, 2004




Strategy Comes into Play

The summer months came and went without much notable deal activity. Just 16 deals were orchestrated in the third quarter. That’s up from 13 in last year’s third quarter but down from 22 two years ago.
The vast majority of deals were strategic …

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November 1, 2004




Keeping A-OK with OSHA

Section 5 (a) (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, which established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), states that each employer is responsible for providing “a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing …

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August 1, 2004




Higher and Hire

Job growth in the U.S. this year has been inconsistent. Within the catalog industry, however, more and more companies are lifting hiring freezes and even creating jobs.
As of early July, Eda Zullo, an executive recruiter with Southport, CT-based …

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