As Congress Adjourns, Postal Reform Stalls

| Mark Del Franco

Though legislators and mailers worked past midnight on Saturday night–the session adjourned at 12:25 a.m.– an agreement was not reached on a conference bill that resolved the differences between the Senate (S. 662) and House (H.R. 22) postal reform bills.

Web Analytics Put FootSmart a Step Ahead

| Brian Quinton

(Searchline) FootSmart, a direct retailer of foot and lower-body healthcare products through both catalogs and the Web, found itself in a bind managing its cross-selling opportunities on the product pages of its Website.

Storehouse Sale Pending

| MCM staff

Specialty home furnishings cataloger/retailer Storehouse announced last week it is looking for a new strategic partner after its parent company, Rowe Cos., filed for bankruptcy.

Big on promos, low on volume

| Sherry Chiger

Forget the lazy days of summer. Consumer catalogers in July were hard at work trying to entice shoppers by ramping up their promotions, judging by the

Enough blame for everyone

| Sherry Chiger

If only the U.S. Postal Service could use some of the marketing industry’s top talent to promote its pending rate case: Now with more sortation levels!

Home, sweet home catalogs

| Sherry Chiger

As the size of the average American home has been creeping upward over the years, so has the size of the 12-month active universe for the home catalogs

Golden Gate gobbles another

| Jim Tierney

San Francisco-based private equity firm Golden Gate Capital Corp. is wasting no time in its quest to build a billion-dollar family of apparel companies.

Paper prices holding for now

| Jim Tierney

With the fall mailing season under way, paper prices appear to be holding steady a relief for catalogers after a series of increases earlier this year.