Discipline for a Fair Workplace

Discipline is an unpleasant responsibility. Parents, teachers, coaches and employers are likely to agree. Doing it poorly only compounds the unpleasantness. Doing it well, however, reduces employer frustration, increases employee morale, makes the firing of... more »

Winding Down the Christmas Season

Was it the good, the bad or the ugly for the 2004 Christmas season? After talking to a number of retailers in the industry, my official position is that it was not really good, bad... more »

Christmas Show Success

Holiday and gift trade shows are loaded with many unique, keystone items that will present the opportunity for your organization to make a profit, increase turns and preserve your image as "the push the envelope"... more »

Understanding UCCnet, Part I

UCCnet, collaborative planning forecasting and replenishment, radio frequency identification, EPC, global data synchronization and the like. What is all of this? And how will it affect your business?Major changes are underway in the retail industry... more »

Weights and Measures Update

This industry is now worth over $40 billion in annual revenue, and gardening has become America's number-one outdoor leisure activity. All major network morning shows have gardening segments, there's a separate rack for gardening magazines... more »

Industry Leader Forecast

Even with a magical crystal ball most people think predicting what will happen in the future is more entertainment than science. I disagree. We may not be able to know details with 100-percent accuracy, but... more »

Committed Employees

Duplicate article numbers were employed for this article and Industry Leader Forecast. Please click on the link to the right to go to that article. Thanks. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of the people... more »

Keeping Up

Keep up on the trends; this is hot right now; that is not; you should carry this product or that product — isn't this what you read all of the time in trade magazines and... more »

Masterful Resources

Staffing an information center can be a costly service. Not only do you have to pay the employee's hourly wage plus benefits, but you also have to train them on things like pest identification and... more »


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