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Articles by Jim Olsztynski

Editorial: Darkest hours are before dawn

October 10, 2001
The world has changed, but the bad times will be shorter than most people fear.
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Driving costs down

October 10, 2001
Supply House Times offers a preview of the AMD/IPD study, which tells how to judge supplier excellence.
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Benkan files for protection

October 10, 2001
Japan's Benkan Corp., one of the world's oldest manufacturers of welding fittings, filed for court protection from creditors in early September, saying it was unable to meet obligations estimated at more than $480 million.
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Taking care of business

October 9, 2001
An interview with F.W. Webb President Jack Hester, incoming president of ASA.
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Laclede goes back to bankruptcy

September 7, 2001
On July 27, seven months after emerging from Chapter 11, Laclede Steel Co. once again filed to be put under its protection while the company attempts to close its steel-making facility in Alton, Ill., and sell its Pipe Division in Fairless Hills, Pa.
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Editorial: Squeezed till it hurts

September 7, 2001
So it goes in the modern PHCP world. No price hits rock bottom, no deal can't be renegotiated, no margin is so slim it can't be further sliced.
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Getting specific about MCD: An interview with Scott Nicholson

August 30, 2001
What are your core competencies and those of your trading partners?
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Editorial: "More hope, less mope" -- More than ever

August 30, 2001
A soliloquy of self-pity speaks of the industry's demoralization.
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Talking PVF

June 11, 2001
Prominent wholesalers share some insights about the business and where it's heading.
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The Supply House Times Business Center: Topic of the month: Marketing, Part II

June 11, 2001
Tips, ideas, information for the wholesaler on the go.
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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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