November 12, 2002




“Victor-Victoria” case reaches Supreme Court

A lawsuit pitting small adult-novelties shop Victor’s Little Secret against cataloger/retailer Victoria’s Secret made its way before the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12, and the outcome is expected to alter the way federal trademark law is …

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November 1, 2002




SOFT TOUCH

It’s not the ancient wisdom of the East to choose a process to conform to its environment; it’s just common sense. In bonsai gardening, tending a tree whose roots are circumscribed by a twelve-inch pot requires you to prune the …

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November 1, 2003




Cotton Picking

RATIONALES FOR OUTSOURCING fulfillment usually boil down to three. When a company wants to do business beyond its traditional operating radius, outsourcing logistics functions to a local 3PL often makes more sense than building, staffing, and equipping a new facility. …

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November 1, 2003




Catalog Merchandise: Fall Themes–Channeling Cole Porter

It’s not easy trying to write a merchandise trend column on the home furnishings front nearly every quarter, as trends emerge slowly — especially in a recession year. But after attending the summer trade shows, I am much more upbeat than …

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November 1, 2003




Micro Warehouse: What Went Wrong?

It’s tough to say what was more surprising: that Micro Warehouse, one of the industry’s largest and oldest computer catalogers, was selling the North American portion of its business to $4.3 billion rival CDW, or that CDW was able to snap …

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November 1, 2003




Thanks, Uncle Sam

Call him Sam. He’s a dream customer. He buys everything imaginable: safety gloves, flood lights, computers, pool supplies… even air-activated hand and foot warmers.
But Sam isn’t your average credit-card-happy customer. He’s Uncle Sam. That’s right, the federal government. For …

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November 1, 2003




PC Mall Relaunches Former Egghead Site

Computer reseller PC Mall on Oct. 28 relaunched OnSale, an online marketplace and auction site. The Torrance, CA-based marketer is hoping to repeat the success of its first online auction business, Ubid, which was spun off to shareholders in 1999.
The original …

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October 29, 2003




Angelica Assesses Life Uniform Segment

Saint Louis-based marketer/manufacturer Angelica Corp. (NYSE:AGL) has hired New York investment bank Morgan Joseph & Co. to review strategic alternatives for its struggling Life Uniform segment. In a company release, Life Uniform segment, which sells scrubs and uniforms to …

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October 29, 2003




Financial Reports: The Sportsman’s Guide, PC Mall, RedEnvelope, Gaiam

Earnings Double at The Sportsman’s Guide
South St. Paul, MN-based outdoor gear cataloger The Sportsman’s Guide (Nasdaq: SGDE) continues to ride the wave of prosperity. Net earnings skyrocketed 164%, to $710,000 for the quarter, compared to $269,000 last year. While not as impressive …

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October 9, 2002




Bush on port stalemate: Get back to work!

Invoking the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, President Bush asked a federal court to order a stop to the 10–day West Coast port lockout. The court-ordered truce will keep ports open through the Christmas season, which accounts for 40% of retailers’ annual sales.

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