November 8, 2001




USPS Seeks $5 Billion in Emergency Funding from Congress

Washington–In a hearing on Nov. 8 before the Senate Subcommittee on Treasury and General Government Committee on Appropriations, Postmaster General Jack Potter asked for at least $5 billion in emergency funding from the Treasury to cover the damages and costs related to …

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November 8, 2001




October Sales Roundup

Stamford, CT–With jittery consumers staying out of the malls and wary of anthrax in the mail stream, it’s little surprise that many publicly traded cataloger/retailers reported disappointing sales figures for October.
Among the hardest hit was San Francisco-based …

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November 7, 2001




Financial Reports: MSC Industrial, Lands’ End, Henry Schein

Annual Sales Up, Quarterly Sales Down at MSC Industrial
Melville, NY–Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) cataloger MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE: MSM) reported net sales of $207.9 million for the quarter ended Sept. 1. That’s down less than 1% from $209.4 million for the …

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November 7, 2001




USPS, PRC Continue Pursuing Rate Case Settlement

Washington—U.S. Postal Service rate case attorney Dan Foucheaux says that the agency continues to discuss changing its current rate case to a settlement agreement format, which would likely enable the new rates to be implemented more quickly. Postal …

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November 7, 2001




Study: Catalog Request, Keyword Search Among Top Website Features

Chicago–Website consultancy The E-tailing Group released the findings of its most recent online merchandising study. Of the 100 e-commerce Websites reviewed, 57 sell via catalog as well as online. Among the findings:
* 87% of sites claim to offer a keyword search, with 89% of …

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November 7, 2001




Movers and Shakers

New York-based multititle mailer Brylane appointed Cathy Fultineer executive vice president of its West Bridgewater, MA-based apparel group responsible for the Chadwick and Lerner brands. Most recently, Fultineer was senior vice president/general manager of direct marketing at Bear Creek …

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November 6, 2001




Harvard Bioscience Acquires Scie-Plas

Holliston, MA–Harvard Bioscience has acquired Scie-Plas, a U.K. company that designs, manufactures, and markets equipment for gel electrophoresis, a technique for sample preparation in molecular biology. Scie-Plas is no stranger to Harvard Bioscience; the latter distributes Scie-Plas’s product line …

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November 6, 2001




Henry Schein Acquires Zila’s Dental Distribution Operations

Melville, NY– In an effort to gain a foothold in Kentucky, California, and Texas, medical, dental, and veterinary supplies giant Henry Schein has acquired the dental distribution operations of Phoenix, AZ-based Zila. Terms of the all-cash acquisition were not disclosed. …

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November 6, 2001




Eziba Still Offering Afghan Goods

Stamford, CT–Sourcing overseas during wartime is always tricky, but it’s extremely challenging when you get product from a nation that your country is at war with. Not only are the logistics in question, but there’s also the issue …

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November 6, 2001




Home Depot Launches Online Gift Center

Atlanta–Home improvement products retailer The Home Depot has launched the Online Holiday Gift Center, an online store that can be accessed by the company’s core Website, www.homedepot.com. The Gift Center offers 200 of the company’s best-selling products. …

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