April 1, 2002




The Beauty of CCB-Paris’s Growth Strategy

Three years after Le Club des Créateurs de Beauté Paris (CCB-Paris) expanded into the U.S., the French beauty products cataloger remains committed to the American market. In fact, the company, which now has more than 150,000 U.S. customers, …

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April 1, 2002




Natural Selection

There are very few SQL Server/Windows applications in the catalog management software field. Natural Order from Indianapolis-based Natural Solutions is one of them, and one of the best. Written in Powerbuilder, this two-tier client/server solution offers a clean, …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Order Mgmt

April 1, 2002




Lilly’s Kids Onesies on the Way?

Lillian Vernon is relinquishing her duties as chief executive of the company she founded in 1951. But the catalog doyenne will still have a say in its direction.
Vernon on Feb. 28 asked Lillian Vernon Corp.’s board of directors to start …

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March 28, 2002




Losing patience, Federated seeks Fingerhut sale options

Five weeks after conditionally accepting a buyer’s nonbinding letter of intent to buy its entire Fingerhut catalog business, Federated Department Stores is seeking alternative buyers. With its 60-day-old WARN termination notices to 3,700 Fingerhut employees due to expire in early …

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March 28, 2002




New Brylane kitchen book a hit

Multititle mailer Brylane’s February launch of its new Home Kitchen catalog has “far exceeded” projections, says chairman/CEO Russell Stravitz. The company didn’t even bother testing the spin-off but rolled it out in its inaugural mailing to a …

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March 27, 2002




Financial reports: J. Crew, Twinlab

‘Merchandising Mistakes’ Contribute to Falling J. Crew Sales
Apparel cataloger/retailer J. Crew reported that a challenging economy coupled with a weak retail market and “merchandising mistakes” caused sales and earnings to drop for the fourth quarter and the full …

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March 27, 2002




Fingerhut deal near?

A deal to save the Fingerhut catalog business may be finalized by the end of the week.
Potential buyer Peter Lytle of Wayzata, MN-based Business Development Group (BDG) told the St. Paul “Pioneer Press” this week that financing is in …

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March 27, 2002




Movers and shakers

Dodgeville, WI-based Lands’ End has announced several new vice presidents. Robert McElroy is joining the multititle mailer as vice president/general merchandising manager, home division. He was most recently general merchandise manager of The Wedding List, part of Martha Stewart …

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March 26, 2002




PC Connection buys MoreDirect

Computer reseller PC Connection has acquired $219 million MoreDirect, a Boca Raton, FL-based e-procurement supplier of IT products to businesses and the government. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days. PC Connection will pay MoreDirect shareholders approximately $21 million in cash …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Warehouse/Distribution Center

March 26, 2002




Consumer confidence surges in March

The Conference Board reports that consumer confidence surged from a February index of 95.0 to 110.2 for March. The Present Situation index rose from 96.4 in February to 111.5 in March, while the Expectations index jumped from 94.0 to 109.3. The Consumer Confidence Survey is based …

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