September 7, 2001




Sonic Foundry Tests Consumer Catalog, Buys MediaSite

Madison, WI—Business-to-business software cataloger Sonic Foundry has entered the consumer arena. Throughout the fall it will mail 500,000 copies of a 16-page catalog featuring consumer versions of its professional software tools, which enable users to produce their own compact disks …

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September 7, 2001




Successories Cuts 42 Positions

Aurora, IL–Motivational products manufacturer/marketer Successories (NasdaqNM: SCES) cut 42 positions–or 17% of its corporate headquarters workforce. The company estimates the measure will save about $1.7 million a year in wages and benefits.
Successories reported the news at the same time that it …

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September 6, 2001




The Right Start Completes Acquisition of Zany Brainy

Calabasas, CA—Children’s products cataloger/retailer The Right Start completed its acquisition of toys retailer Zany Brainy, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May. Under the terms of the transaction, The Right Start acquired substantially all of …

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September 6, 2001




Teamsters VP Warns of 2002 UPS Strike

Oakland, CA–In a Sept. 3 message on the reelection campaign Website of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union president James Hoffa Jr., Teamsters western region vice president Chuck Mack (who is also Hoffa’s vice presidential running mate) warns that a strike …

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September 5, 2001




Study: Privacy Top Priority for CEOs

New York–Privacy is a top priority for many direct marketers and interactive marketing companies, according to a recent study by The Direct Marketing Association (DMA). The study found that in 68% of responding companies, the president/CEO, or a chief privacy …

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September 5, 2001




Movers and Shakers

Stamford, CT-—J.C. Whitney & Co., a Chicago-based direct marketer of auto parts and accessories, appointed Robert D. Cocks executive vice president and CEO. Most recently, Cocks was president at Auto Body Toolmart.
Austin, TX-based Dell Computer Corp. appointed James …

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September 4, 2001




Cyberian Acquired by Fry’s Electronics

Kent, CT—Online computer marketer Cyberian Outpost agreed on Aug. 31 to be acquired by Sunnyvale, CA-based retail electronics supplier Fry’s Electronics. The announcement ends weeks of speculation regarding whether Cyberian would merge with Peterborough, NH-based computer cataloger PC Connection. During …

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September 4, 2001




Monterey Bay Sells California Style

Carlsbad, CA—CATALOG AGE has learned that in women’s apparel mailer Monterey Bay Catalog Co. sold its California Style title in July to SBL, a Chinese importing company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Monterey Bay president Ann …

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September 4, 2001




Awards.com Buys Reliable HomeOffice

Lyndhurst, NJ–On Aug. 30, motivational and promotional products marketer Awards.com purchased office furnishings catalog Reliable HomeOffice. HomeOffice was owned by Schaumburg, IL-based Reliable Office Supplies, which itself is owned by conglomerate Boise Cacade Office Products. Terms of the deal were …

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September 1, 2001




Children’s Products, Silver Award: AG Mini’s, Holiday 2000

If good things come in small packages, the products in the AG Mini’s catalog must be downright great. This new title from the American Girl catalog parent Pleasant Co. sells contemporary and whimsical miniature dollhouse rooms and furnishings.
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