February 4, 2002




Electric Odyssey shuts off its power for good

Electrical gadgets cataloger/retailer Electric Odyssey, a division of Duluth, MN-based electricity utility Allete, shut down last week. Electric Odyssey had consisted of three stores and catalog/Internet operations. This was a “strategic decision by our parent company,” says Electric …

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February 4, 2002




DMA issues e-mail and Website guidelines

The Direct Marketing Association on Feb. 4 released a list of guidelines for commercial e-mail solicitations and Website privacy policies. The guidelines are part of the DMA’s Guidelines for Ethical Business Practice and will be enforced by the organization’s Committee …

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February 4, 2002




State legislature, union keep an eye on Federated

As suitors line up to make a play for the Fingerhut catalog business, Cincinnati-based parent company Federated Department Stores is attracting some unwanted attention from state and union officials.
Last week, more than 200 Fingerhut employees demonstrated outside the company’s distribution …

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February 1, 2002




Angelica Puts Hospitality Catalogs on the Block

St. Louis-based Angelica Corp. is seeking a buyer for its manufacturing and marketing division, which sells uniforms to the hospitality industry. Included in the sale are the Image Collection, Extending Your Stay, and Angelica Image Apparel catalogs, which are distributed …

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February 1, 2002




At Deadline

LAYOFFS AT COLDWATER CREEK, L.L. BEAN Women’s apparel cataloger/retailer Coldwater Creek announced on Jan. 10 that it will close its Sandpoint, ID, distribution center by the end of March. About 120 workers there will lose their jobs. The company will …

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February 1, 2002




Rocky Mountain Motorworks banking on Chapter 11 and new investor

Chris Nowak, president/CEO of Woodland Park, CO-based foreign car parts and accessories cataloger Rocky Mountain Motorworks, says he’s optimistic that the company can survive and grow following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing on Jan. 24.
Nowak told the Colorado …

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February 1, 2002




Postal Reclass Project Continues Under the Radar

What with the continuing developments regarding a possible settlement agreement of the latest postal rate case (see cover story), the ongoing postal reclassification project has escaped attention. But if the reclass, dubbed Product Redesign, continues according to plan, by 2004 mailers …

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February 1, 2002




Broad USPS transformation plan outline draws negative reviews

Mailer group reactions to a draft of a U.S. Postal Service comprehensive transformation plan range from “deep concerns” to “needs work.” The plan, which was ordered last year by Senate Committee on Government Affairs, will be presented to Congress …

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February 1, 2002




Hail the Conquering Euro

Farewell, franc; goodbye, guilder. The euro is now the official currency of 12 members of the European Community (EC): Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. The U.K., Sweden, and Denmark, while part …

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February 1, 2002




The Secret Shopper: Holiday Stockings Emptying Out

A few shopping days before Christmas, CATALOG AGE’s Secret Shopper called 20 catalogs to order 60 items. Thirty-five of the desired items, or 58%, were in stock. That wasn’t much of a change from holiday 2000, when 56% of The Secret Shopper’s requested products were …

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