Pamida Holdings Corp

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 2002-01-01 Print this article Print

The Pamida retail chain sought higher profits by modernizing a distribution center. Too bad it left old software in place.

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Headquarters: 8800 "F" Street, Omaha, NE 68127

Phone: (402) 339-2400

Business: General merchandise retail chain

Chief Information Officer: Dan Nicklen, VP, information systems

Recent Financials: $601 million in sales, $14.4 million loss for 39 weeks ended Nov. 3, 2001

Challenge: Upgrade distribution system to keep more goods in stock in stores

Baseline Goals:

  • Convert Indiana distribution center to full-service warehouse in time to capitalize on the Christmas 2000 shopping season
  • Improve gross margins, which stood at 26.3% in second half of 1999
  • Minimize "out of stock" items
  • Help expand chain beyond its current 229 stores in 16 states

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    Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

    Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.

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