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USPS Defaults on Retiree Payments  Aug 01, 2012 1:04 AM By Jim Tierney

It appears that Congress won’t act on pending postal reform legislation this year, according to Gene Del Polito, the president of the trade group Association for Postal Commerce.

Online Merchants Say Sales Tax Collection Will Cause Burden  Jul 27, 2012 12:13 AM By Jim Tierney

Most opponents of H.R. 3179

Former Yahoo CEO Lands at ShopRunner  Jul 25, 2012 2:16 AM By Jim Tierney

Scott Thompson, the former Yahoo CEO and PayPal President, has been named CEO at 2-year-old online fulfillment services provider ShopRunner.

ACMA, DMA Form TruST Coalition to Fight Internet Sales Tax  Jul 24, 2012 1:22 AM By Jim Tierney

Four prominent trade groups, including the American Catalog Mailers Association and the Direct Marketing Association, today announced the formation of a coalition titled TruST (True Simplification of Taxation) to fight pending Internet sales tax …

To Spin-off or Not to Spin-Off, That is the Question  Jul 23, 2012 10:58 PM By Jim Tierney

For intimate apparel merchant Bare Necessities, spin-off titles have been a successful venture. Bare Necessities launched BarePlus by Bare Necessities at BarePlus.com in February with a big public relations blitz.

Trade Groups Have Different Views on Marketplace Equity Act  Jul 19, 2012 11:13 PM By Jim Tierney

The Marketplace Equity Act would repeal the 1992 Supreme Court decision, Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota, which said states are not allowed to require out-of-state companies to collect sales taxes unless that company has a physical presence, such as a store or warehouse, in the state.

Zazzle’s Email Zubject Line is Zantastic  Jul 18, 2012 11:43 PM By Jim Tierney

Changing an “s” to a “z” in the subject line helps gain visibility in the inbox, says Zazzle marketing program manager Patrick Briggs.

Brentwood Associates Acquires Sundance Catalog  Jul 10, 2012 2:04 AM By Jim Tierney

Private equity firm Brentwood Associates has acquired a majority stake in women’s apparel and accessories, jewelry, and home furnishings seller Sundance Catalog from ACI Capital, Webster Capital and Sundance catalog founder Robert Redford, who will retain minority stakes in the 23-year-old company.

Merchants Need to Act on Google Shopping Now  Jun 28, 2012 5:00 PM By Jim Tierney

As Google Product Search morphs into Google Shopping later this year, a pair of industry experts said merchants need to get on board with the changes before they go into effect.

ACMA Wants Hard-wired Rate Increase Dropped From H.R. 2309  Jun 27, 2012 2:21 AM By Jim Tierney

The American Catalog Mailers Association wants its members with ties to Republican congressional districts to contact their elected officials and voice their displeasure regarding the annual rate increase for catalogs contained in H.R. 2309.

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