October 8, 2002




Survey: Few big spenders this holiday season

Given the ongoing economic malaise, it should be no surprise that, compared with last year, more consumers plan to spend less this holiday season than plan to spend more.
Of the 2,363 consumers surveyed by research firm The NPD Group, 20% plan …

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October 7, 2002




Cataloger retail watch

Among the catalogers expanding their retail operations:
Men’s clothing marketer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers recently opened four new stores: two in September, in Lansing, MI, and Geneva, IL, and two in October, in Madison, WI, and Buffalo, NY. The …

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October 4, 2002




PC Connection issues 3Q preliminary sales

Computer reseller PC Connection (Nasdaq: PCCC) offered investors a ray of hope by issuing preliminary third-quarter sales figures that beat expectations. PC Connection expects sales for the quarter to be approximately $335 million, up from $308.7 million for the third quarter of 2001. …

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October 4, 2002




Otto Versand launches Together spin-off

Women’s apparel cataloger Together, owned by $23 billion German mail order giant Otto Versand, last month launched Pure by Together, a spin-off featured tailored apparel for women ages 35+. In the U.S., Together is mailed as a spin-off of the …

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October 3, 2002




Small cataloger benefits from power of the press

A six-page feature story in the September issue of “Country Living” magazine provided small home furnishings cataloger Frecklefarm with a sizable boost in sales, reports owner/founder Robin Sherwood.
Unionville, PA-based Frecklefarm, which charges $4 for the annual catalog, has doubled …

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October 3, 2002




Sears launches jewelry catalog

Just three months after acquiring catalog powerhouse Lands’ End, Sears, Roebuck, and Co. has spun off a catalog of its own. In September the department store giant mailed a 40-page catalog of fine jewelry and watches.
The new catalog capitalizes …

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October 3, 2002




Hanover integrates Domestications, Company Store divisions

In a move designed to “further strengthen the financial performance of two solid brands,” according to a statement, Hanover Direct is integrating its Domestications and The Company Store divisions. Both titles sell bedding and other home décor items, with …

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October 3, 2002




New postal reform group formed

After more than seven years of failed efforts in Congress to reform the U.S. Postal Service, a group of catalogers and other postal clients have formed an organization to push through postal reform. The new organization, named the Mailing …

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October 3, 2002




On the waterfront: Prolonged lockout could hurt catalogers

The West Coast port lockout involving the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) could spell big problems for catalogers and retailers importing fall and holiday merchandise from Asia.
At issue is a lapsed July 1 …

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October 1, 2002




At Deadline

USPS’S NUMBERS IMPROVE, BUT ’04 POSTAL RATE HIKE STILL LIKELY
In its monthly meeting held Sept. 5-6, the U.S. Postal Service told its Board of Governors (BOG) that it expects revenue to grow 6% in fiscal 2003, to $70.4 billion from $66.5 billion …

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