September 20, 2001




Miles Kimball to Close Exposures Connecticut HQ

South Norwalk, CT—Coming off a flat 2000 companywide, gifts and novelties cataloger Miles Kimball plans to close down the merchandising and creative offices of its Exposures picture frames and gifts catalog division here and move those functions to its Oshkosh, …

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April 24, 2001




Burton to Bush: Do Something About the USPS

Washington–In a letter sent April 23, Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), requested that President Bush develop a long-term solution to the U.S. Postal Service’s financial problems “without having to resort to increasing rates or reducing the quality or affordability of …

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September 19, 2001




Court Approves Sale of F&G’s Gifts Group, Horticultural Books

Wilmington, DE—The waiting is over, and Brecon Capital Management and Gardens Alive are the lucky bargain shoppers. On Sept. 19, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the sale of substantially all the assets of the …

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April 12, 2001




Deputy PMG Gives USPS an ‘Outside Chance’ of No New Rate Case

New York—In an exclusive interview with CATALOG AGE on April 12, Deputy Postmaster General John Nolan said that despite the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to find alternatives, there’s only an “outside chance” that the agency …

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September 6, 2001




What Is Marketing Anyway?

For Jules Silbert, executive vice president of apparel and home goods cataloger Brylane, marketing and merchandising are inseparable: “Although until recently we’ve been selling only apparel to our database of 20 million households, they’re receptive to other offers as …

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September 1, 2001




The 2ND ANNUAL I.Merchant Awards

As hundreds of budding entrepreneurs learned, building an e-commerce site is easy; building an effective and successful one isn’t. A stellar Website has to make shopping simple, even intuitive, for both seasoned Web users and newbies. It has to provide …

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September 1, 2001




International B-to-B, Silver Award: IBM’s VSB Catalog, September 2000 (Switzerland)

Copy that’s “simple and to the point” may not sound like an award-winning trait, but when selling complicated computers and accessories to small businesses, brevity and simplicity are indeed key virtues. And in the case of IBM’s VSB catalog for …

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April 1, 2001




Internet Tax Glossary

DISCRIMINATORY TAX, as it applies to e-commerce in the Internet Tax Freedom Act: Any tax imposed by a state or political subdivision thereof on electronic commerce that:
is not generally imposed and legally collectible on transactions involving similar property, goods, …

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April 1, 2001




List Watch: Keep It Clean

The phrase “an ounce of prevention is the best medication” most certainly applies to list hygiene. After all, if you enter in the names and addresses of customers correctly the first time, you eliminate the potential for mistakes and duplicate …

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April 1, 2001




Trade Groups Argue About How to Fix the USPS

The United States Postal Service is “a train wreck about to happen,” in the words of Harry Quadracci, president/ CEO of printer Quad/Graphics. But the Direct Marketing Association and the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) are bickering about the …

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