July 9, 2002




Limited Brands considering new catalog

The Intimate Beauty Corp. division of Limited Brands, the parent firm of Victoria’s Secret, may launch another catalog in the near future. The title would sell the company’s new Aura Science brand of cosmetics and personal care products.
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July 9, 2002




PC Mall completes Wareforce acquisition

Computer reseller PC Mall has completed its acquisition of technology solutions provider Wareforce. Wareforce, which had been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, posted 2001 sales of roughly $89 million. Under the terms of the bankruptcy proceeding, Torrance, CA-based PC Mall will pay …

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July 9, 2002




Lands’ End’s sue me, sue you blues

Austin, TX-based image consulting firm Empowerment Enterprises and its founder/president, Sherry Maysonave, on July 8 amended the lawsuit they filed last September against Lands’ End. The federal lawsuit charges the apparel and home goods cataloger with violating intellectual property law …

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July 9, 2002




Staples buys Medical Arts Press

Framingham, MA-based office supplies cataloger/retailer Staples agreed on July 9 to buy Medical Arts Press, a multititle cataloger of medical-related printed products, for $385 million. The all-cash transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.
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July 9, 2002




Financial reports: Sharper Image, J. Jill

Sharper Image June sales up 19%
There’s some question whether the economy has started to pick up, but at high-tech gadgets marketer The Sharper Image (Nasdaq: SHRP), business is clearly improving. The San Francisco-based cataloger/retailer reported a 19% rise in …

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July 8, 2002




Smithfield Foods buys Basse’s Choice catalog

Longtime supplier Smithfield Foods has acquired cataloger/retailer Basse’s Choice. The purchase price was undisclosed. The deal was completed in June but announced only last week.
Smithfield Foods bought food gifts cataloger Smithfield Cos. early last year. At the …

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July 5, 2002




Concepts Direct lays off 100 workers

Multititle mailer Concepts Direct laid off 27% of its work force on July 3, or approximately 100 people. The Longmont, CO-based company also cut the salaries of many of its remaining workers, including managers, and plans to reduce catalog circulation.
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July 3, 2002




Dell goes retail…sort of

Dell Computer Corp.
has opened a kiosk in a mall in Austin, TX, and plans to open 20 more throughout the country by the end of the year. Although sales representatives will be working at the Dell Direct Stores, customized orders …

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July 2, 2002




World Cup fever strikes catalogers

The 32-country World Cup soccer tournament, which ended June 30 with Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Germany, has been a boon for sales of soccer-related merchandise.
For Madison, WI-based soccer cataloger Big Toe Sports, sales increased 27%-33%, according to general manager …

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July 2, 2002




West Coast port slowdown threatens marketers

The showdown between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union could spell big problems for catalogers and other marketers importing merchandise from Asia.
The union’s contract with PMA, which represents the operators of docks …

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