August 1, 1999




Get thee to…forklift school? OSHA now requires training for equipment operators

A new federal safety law means more schooling for your forklift operators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires workers operating industrial powered warehouse equipment – including forklifts, hand trucks, and rider trucks – to be officially trained and …

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July 1, 1999




Evolution of a brand

It started 15 years ago with a three-line, $3, three-day classified ad I placed in The Chicago Tribune to sell my used IBM PC. I sold that computer to the first caller, and the phones haven’t stopped ringing since. What began back …

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July 1, 1999




Picking up the pace

Getting orders out the door faster is a primary goal of many catalog operations. Streamlining your order picking process can help you achieve that goal.
According to several industry consultants, 80%-90% of your warehouse employees’ workday is spent in transit …

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July 1, 1999




Better ways to pack it in

If you haven’t examined your packing processes in the past few years, chances are your methodologies could use some improvement. Below, a few packing tips that may help you cut errors and boost productivity in your operation.
* Eliminate the checkers. …

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June 1, 1999




The 10 BEST Operations Innovations

Once upon a time, the Sears, Roebuck catalog was probably the best-read book in the American household-next to the Bible. Customers would page through the catalog, illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, place orders, and patiently wait weeks or months for …

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June 1, 1999




The 10 BEST Cost-Cutting Ideas of All Time

In the catalog business, shrinking margins and increased competition can eat into profits, so every penny counts. Whether it’s shaving a few bucks off a mailing list or whittling a few cents off your production costs, such savings add up. …

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June 1, 1999




The 10 BEST Internet Marketing Concepts

As the editor of CATALOG AGE’S quarterly I.MERCHANT supplement (and as someone who sees little need to leave the house now that I have Internet access), I visit dozens of Websites each month. Most of them, I’m sorry to …

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June 1, 1999




Fire rips through Christmas supplies mailer

Kelco Industries, a $5.5 million manufacturer/cataloger of Christmas goods, suffered up to $2.3 million in damages following a fire that ripped through its Milbridge, ME-based merchandise warehouse trailers on April 3. Some 40 of the 60 aluminum trailers that housed wreath-making equipment and supplies …

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June 1, 1999




Next up for J. Jill: retail

Having grown sales nearly 158% in three years, from $85 million in 1996 to $219 million in 1998, women’s apparel cataloger DM Management is ready to conquer another sales channel: retail. The company (to be known as The J. Jill Group as of May 25 to …

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June 1, 1999




INTERNET AS SAVIOR?

For years, Weehawken, NJ-based Hanover Direct was one of the more acquisitive catalog companies in the business, having bought six titles since 1993 alone. But while Hanover was growing through consolidation, it wasn’t making any money-its last profitable fiscal year was 1994. …

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