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Blooming transactions  Jul 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Shannon Oberndorf

Mergers and acquisitions were blooming in the month of May, especially for gardening products and flower catalogs. And it seems that Ruth Owades’s green

Evolution of a brand  Jul 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Michael P. Krasny

It started 15 years ago with a three-line, $3, three-day classified ad I placed in The Chicago Tribune to sell my used IBM PC. I sold that computer to

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS: A TRICKY ARENA  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Bill Nicolai

It’s tough to pick great business-to-business concepts. Many business catalogs may look more like a phone directory than a catalog, but they know and

Vermont’s colorful spin-off  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Shortly after general merchandise cataloger Vermont Country Store mailed its Goods & Wares spin-off in early April, “I began getting calls from people

INTERNET AS SAVIOR?  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

For years, Weehawken, NJ-based Hanover Direct was one of the more acquisitive catalog companies in the business, having bought six titles since 1993 alone.

The 10 BEST Catalog Prospecting Ideas  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Bill Nicolai

In the good old days of, say, 20 years ago, the lifetime value of a typical catalog customer was three times the value of a prospect. That meant you could

The 10 BEST Catalog Copy Headlines  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Herschell Gordon Lewis

As every reader of this publication knows, catalogs use one of four standard headings:1. Name the product.2. Describe the product “phylum.”3. Describe

Green eggs and pants  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Moira Pascale

Esprit, a San Francisco-based apparel manufacturer/marketer, has tapped into the online market with two separate ventures. In November 1998, its year-old

listings  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By MCM staff

New Lists HEALTH-MINDED The 229,957 buyers of The Mayo Clinic Family Health Book are mostly men interested in personal health.Cost: $90/MSelects: recency,

New day at Spice Sundance  Jun 01, 1999 9:30 PM By Shannon Oberndorf

Sundance, the catalog of southwestern-inspired furniture, apparel, and accessories, has undergone major changes in the past year. Not only did the $50






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