November 19, 2001




The Right Start to buy FAO Schwarz

The sluggish economy isn’t slowing The Right Start in its quest to become a major player in the children’s specialty market. The $65 million children’s products cataloger/retailer agreed on Nov. 19 to buy $150 million toy cataloger/retailer FAO …

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May 16, 2001




Congressional Postal Hearing Puts USPS on Trial

Washington—On May 16, with the U.S. Postal Service staring at losses of more than $5 billion during the next two years, the House Committee on Government Reform held its second formal hearing on the USPS’s financial crisis. Catalogers were …

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November 1, 2001




Just for You

The “boutique” sector of the direct-to-customer marketplace is populated by thousands of modest catalogs, single-product companies that do direct marketing through magazine advertisements, food-product businesses, and replacement-parts operations. Please don’t call them small — taken in the aggregate, these firms are …

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November 1, 2001




Miles Kimball to Close Exposures HQ

Coming off a flat 2000, multititle cataloger Miles Kimball plans to close the South Norwalk, CT, merchandising and creative offices of its Exposures picture frames and gifts catalog. Miles Kimball will move those functions to its Oshkosh, WI, headquarters.
Exposures’ Connecticut …

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November 1, 2001




Fueling Web Customization

Numerous e-commerce companies have been left stranded on the roadside of the information superhighway. These marketers investigated the early possibilities of Web customization — producing a personalized shopping experience and contact strategy for each customer — but ran into IT nightmares or …

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November 1, 2001




Merchandising Roundtable: The Goods on Getting the Goods

In August, CATALOG AGE sat down with several catalogers in Woodstock, VT, to talk about merchandising matters, from sourcing to liquidating. Regardless of their market segment — jewelry, baking supplies, educational tools, crafts — the participants had many of the same concerns …

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May 1, 2001




USPS Plunges Deeper Into Debt

These are scary times for the U.S. Postal Service — which makes them scary times for catalogers as well. Not only is a new rate case looming, but there’s the possibility of another postage increase as early as this summer.

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May 1, 2001




*Hot Properties

With a reasonably constructed ten-year lease, a fulfillment operation can expect to attain an equity-underwritten rate of three dollars a square foot triple net
A sustained stock market decline will be followed by shortages of long-term capital to feed the …

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May 1, 2001




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Imagine having picking accuracy guaranteed 100%. Westbrook, ME-based FastPic Systems claims that its new FastPic4 advanced inventory management and control software delivers perfect picking accuracy, allowing users to see actual pictures of inventory during the picking process to …

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May 1, 2001




In Praise of Crying Wolf

In Moira Cotlier’s cover story on how the European foot and mouth disease epidemic may hurt U.S. catalogers, consultant Andrea Lawson-Gray says, “We’re a country that is fairly short-sighted about problems that are not happening on our shores.” As …

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