October 11, 2001




September Sales Roundup: Mailers Take a Hit

Stamford, CT–The fallout from the events of Sept. 11 can be seen on the September sales reports from consumer marketers.
For instance, Downers Grove, IL-based cataloger/retailer The Spiegel Group, which mails the Eddie Bauer, Newport News, and Spiegel catalogs, reported …

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October 10, 2001




Nearly One-Third of Direct Marketers Have Hiring Freezes

Owatonna, MN—A study released on Oct. 8 by executive search firm Wheaton/Bernhart shows that 54% of direct marketing companies surveyed Oct. 1 planned to staff up by the end of the year. But 31% of respondents have a hiring freeze in effect. …

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October 10, 2001




Saks Puts Folio on the Block

Birmingham, AL—Saks’s Folio catalog division may be saved from the chopping block—by being put on the selling block. Although the department-store chain announced in August that it would close Folio by the end of the year, CATALOG …

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October 10, 2001




Earlychildhood.com Parent Firm Changes Name

Monterey, CA–LearningStar Corp., which owns the Earlychildhood.com catalog, said on Oct. 10 that has will changed its name to avoid some confusion with a Dallas-based marketer of interactive educational technology, called LearnStar LP. The new name, effective immediately, is Excelligence …

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October 10, 2001




Quebecor Lays Off 6% of Workforce

Montreal—Catalog and magazine printer Quebecor World said on Oct. 9 that it would lay off 6% of its workforce and take a $225 million pretax restructuring charge in its fiscal fourth quarter. Quebecor expects third-quarter diluted earnings of $0.45-$0.50 a share compared …

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October 10, 2001




Study: Multichannel Shoppers Spend 50% More Than Other Consumers

Washington–Multichannel shoppers spend 50% more than other shoppers, according to “The Multi-Channel Retail Report 2001,” a Shop.org study conducted by J.C. Williams Group and BizRate.com.
The report, based on more than 48,000 interviews with shoppers in all channels, found that …

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October 9, 2001




Insight, Black Box Make Overseas Acquisitions

Stamford, CT—Two business-to-business catalogers are proving that it is a small world after all. Continuing its strategy of acquiring small computer-network installation firms on both sides of the Atlantic, Lawrence, PA-based Black Box Corp. acquired $3 million Di.el. Distribuzioni …

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October 5, 2001




Burpee Holding Files for Chapter 11

Warminster, PA–Burpee Holding Co., the holding company of seed cataloger W. Atlee Burpee & Co., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Philadelphia bankruptcy court Sept. 21. The filing “will have zero impact on our catalog business,” says chairman George C. Ball …

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October 5, 2001




FTC Changes Position on Privacy

Washington–In a reversal of the Clinton Administration’s stance on privacy, new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chairman Timothy Muris said on Oct. 4 that he will not support enactment of any more privacy legislation. Instead, he says, he looks to beef …

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October 5, 2001




SkyMall Partners with American Airline

Phoenix–Inflight co-op cataloger SkyMall, a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International, began furnishing its catalogs on board American Airline, the world’s largest airline. SkyMall will be in the seatbacks of American’s worldwide network, which includes TWA and American Eagle. …

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