Friday, February 16, 2007

GSI Extends Palm Relationship

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Feb. 6, 2007 – GSI Commerce Inc. (Nasdaq: GSIC), a leading provider of eCommerce solutions, has extended its eCommerce agreement with Palm Inc., a leader in mobile computing. This agreement includes Web technology, logistics and customer care.

Since 2002, GSI has developed Palm online stores for both the U.S. and Canada, provided special Web stores in support of Palm business-to-business sales and has created a phone sales operation to handle volume sales of Palm products.

GSI has also created a factory outlet section and added third-party accessories for Palm products. In December 2006, Palm’s Web store was recognized as one of the "Best of the Web’s Top50 Retail Sites" in Internet Retailer’s annual tribute to leading retail Web sites. Palm was among three GSI partner sites to earn the accolade from the publisher.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Crutchfield Selects JunctionMCR for Merchandising

Lincolnshire, IL - February 14, 2007 - Junction Solutions today announced that Crutchfield Corporation, a leading direct marketer of consumer electronics products, has selected JunctionMCR to provide an integrated merchandising solution.

The solution will provide the core functionality for their product procurement and vendor management operations. The solution will supply merchandising information to web applications, the call center applications, and POS locations.

The company reportedly chose JunctionMCR for its appropriate functionality and ease of integration with its existing Microsoft infrastructure. Said Steve Weiskircher, Vice President of IT at Crutchfield, "JunctionMCR provides an integrated merchandising platform that we will leverage to provide our customers with a seamless shopping experience, regardless of the channel they choose to use. We expect that the new merchandising solution will provide our merchants with better workflow automation, streamlining our product lifecycle management process."

First Chinese Catalog

Don Libey, world-renowned consultant, advisor and futurist in multi-channel direct marketing and cataloging -- and a good friend -- recently sent the following e-mail to his clients and friends:

Here it is: the first Chinese retail catalog, as predicted. As many of you have heard me comment, the logical progression of global multichannel direct marketing is for China to become adept at fulfilling single customer orders directly to the western world from China. It is only a matter of education and a change in focus. This is the first actual announcement of a catalog capacity in China that I have seen. While the first is B2B, B2C will emerge in time. As China learns catalog and online marketing, the focus for dominance will shift to margin and logistics.

The world just changed.


Tougi Is Pleased to Announce the Completion of Its First Monthly Retail Catalog
PORTLAND, OR, Jan 26, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) --

Tougi division, China, today is pleased to announce the completion of its first monthly paper catalog.

This is the first catalog completed by Tougi following the recent launch of its Global Clearinghouse Service for commodities. Easy to navigate, the catalog is packed with the finest products available directly from suppliers in China, India, Korea, Vietnam, and many others.

The 86-page, soft cover catalog is in full color, showing high-quality, innovative merchandise including automotive accessories, computers, consumer electronics, furniture, healthcare, hi tech gadgets, pottery, sporting goods, toys, and many others.

"We have received a great deal of interest in Tougi products since the launch of Tougi's online site," said Jim Dao, Tougi President. "This catalog is a valuable tool that will allow Tougi to be even more accessible to our buyers."

The printing of 4,000 catalogs will start on Monday and is expected to be completed within 9-10 days.

To pre-order the free February 2007 catalog, please visit our website at and click on Request Catalog link. Customers can also request a free paper version by calling a Member Services at 1-888-200-9938 Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm PST.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"The Hacker Economy"

For a thorough overview of how "The Hacker Economy" works, and the role that irresponsible direct merchants can play in it, see the article in VAR Business at

See also Top Ten Database Threats PDF

You should also review why you should change your router's default settings at AppScout

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Shipping Carton Calculation

Does anyone know of a module/algorithm for calculating shipping carton selections for automated box designations on order fulfillment, i.e., the system tells you which size boxes to use, and what items to put in each one, based on cube/weight data and shipper restrictions?

Many systems incorporate their own "secret sauce" algorithm. Anyone care to share details on how it works? I'd also like input from users on how well these modules work.

Seems to me this would be a perfect opportunity for a Web services component, don't you think?

Feedback/input appreciated. Thanks.

Monday, February 05, 2007

OrderMotion Posts 100% Growth in New Customers

Boston, February 5, 2007 – OrderMotion, a pioneer provider of on-demand direct retail platforms for multi-channel merchants, has announced that it had a 100% increase in new customers acquired during the fourth quarter of 2006 compared to the same time period in 2005.

The company also saw a 45% increase in revenues over the same quarter a year earlier, according to Donny Askin, CEO.

OrderMotion’s new customers come from a wide number of industries, many of them niche markets such as those served by new users and, both of whom will be using the OrderMotion solution for their order management and fulfillment applications, inventory management, payment processing, database management and reports generation.

OrderMotion now serves more than 270 companies, representing more than 1,000 retail brands, including Ronco, Zabar’s, Wolfgang Puck,, Warrior Custom Golf, Sundance Spas, e-Diamonds, Healthy Pets, Metro Kitchens, and NapaStyle.
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