November 26, 2002




Collegiate Pacific pursues Bike Athletics acquisition

Manufacturer/marketer Collegiate Pacific, which sells sports equipment to schools and other institutional buyers, is considering acquiring the $45 million Bike Athletic Co. The 128-year-old bike supplies marketer is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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November 25, 2002




West Coast dockworkers, shippers reach tentative agreement

Good news for marketers: The West Coast dock workers and The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached a tentative six-year contract agreement on Nov. 24. The agreement, if ratified, will end the labor dispute that closed the West Coast ports for 10 days …

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November 22, 2002




Hanover Direct receives listing warning from Amex

(Direct Newsline) Multititle mailer Hanover Direct has been notified by the American Stock Exchange that it is in violation of a listing ruling by failing to show a net profit or a profit from continuing operations for at least one …

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November 22, 2002




Live from GCIC: Get ready for paper price hikes

Naples, FL—Within a year, the record low paper prices that catalogers have recently enjoyed will but a memory. In a session at the Graphic Catalog and Insert Conference (GCIC), John Maine of paper and economic forecasting firm RISI said …

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November 22, 2002




Daisytek launches catalog program for resellers

(Direct Newsline) Daisytek has sent out 25,000 copies of its newly launched “big book” – a 700-page Business Products catalog its retailers can customize for redistribution to their customers. This edition marks the first time Daisytek has generated such a catalog.
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November 21, 2002




Nordstrom catalog founder dies

John Whitacre, the only non-Nordstrom family member to hold a top executive position at the apparel retailer and the executive who started Nordstrom’s catalog and Internet business, died of a heart attack on Nov. 18. He was 50. Whitacre, who was …

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November 21, 2002




Live from GCIC: Color commentary

Naples, FL–Despite the clouds and threat of thunderstorms, Nov. 21 has been a “colorful” day at the Graphic Catalog and Insert Conference (GCIC) here. In a four-hour session entitled “Color Sells,” panelists discussed the impact of ink, prepress, and paper on …

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November 21, 2002




Financial reports: Limited Brands, Sharper Image, Restoration Hardware, and more

3Q net income plunges at Limited Brands
Columbus, OH-based Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD), the parent company of women’s apparel cataloger/retailer Victoria’s Secret, took a big hit to the bottom line during the third quarter. For the three …

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November 21, 2002




Catalog retail roundup

By early December, San Francisco-based gifts and gadgets marketer Sharper Image Corp.will have opened 20 new stores this fiscal year, bringing the company’s total number of stores to 127. The Sharper Image opened 14 stores in 2001 and nine in 2000.
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November 20, 2002




Cobranded Staples-Medical Arts book on the way

To further maximize synergies, Framingham, MA-based office superstore Staples will mail a cobranded Medical Arts Press catalog in December or January. In a conference call to investors on Nov. 19, Staples president/CEO Ronald Sargent said that the book will mail …

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