March 9, 2004




Wine Enthusiast Teams with Travel Firm

Wine products cataloger The Wine Enthusiast on March 8 announced a partnership with Go Ahead Vacations, a provider of educationally focused escorted sightseeing trips. The two companies will provide 10 behind-the-scenes tours of the most popular wine countries in the world. The …

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March 9, 2004




Cataloger Seeks Credit Terms from USPS

Could the U.S. Postal Service begin granting credit terms to mailers? It will if Chris Bradley, president/CEO of Portland, ME-based bedding catalogerCuddledown, gets his way.
On March 9, Bradley testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs …

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March 7, 2004




Financial Reports: Staples, Martha Stewart

Strong Annual Gains for Staples

Framingham, MA-based cataloger/retailer Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) enjoyed a 24% jump in annual net income on a 14% rise in sales. For 2003, the office supplies marketer, whose holdings include cataloger Quill, netted $551.9 million on sales of $13.2 billion.

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March 7, 2004




February Sales Roundup

Consumers appear to be taking a “What, me worry?” attitude toward the economy, judging by the healthy Febraury sales growth for a number of publicly traded marketers.
San Francisco-based high-tech gadgets marketer Sharper Image (Nasdaq: SHRP) posted a 47% increase in …

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March 7, 2004




Personal Creations Parent Buys Bankrupt Silvo

The name and assets of Silvo Hardware Co., the Rolling Meadows, IL-based owner of the Silvo Home & Garden catalog, was sold on March 2 to Creative Catalogs Corp. Silvo had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.
Creative Catalogs, which also …

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March 4, 2004




Mid America Buys Rocky Mountain Motorworks

Mid America Motorworks
acquired Woodland Park, CO-based Rocky Mountain Motorworks late last month. Rocky Mountain was Effingham, IL-based Mid America’s largest competitor in the Volkswagen aftermarket accessories marketplace, according to Mid America president/”chief cheerleader” Mike Yager.
The $40 million-plus Mid …

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March 4, 2004




Michael Dell Steps Down as CEO

Computer giant Dell announced on Thursday that founder Michael Dell will step down as CEO in July. He will remain chairman of the $41.4 billion manufacturer/marketer, however, and will continue to be involved in its daily operations.
The board of …

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March 4, 2004




Golfsmith Teams with Ladies Golf Association

Austin, TX-based cataloger/retailer Golfsmith has been chosen by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) as its exclusive off-course golf specialty retailer for the LPGA Collection, a women’s apparel line that will launch in May. In addition, Golfsmith and the …

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March 4, 2004




Financial Reports: Penney, Schein, Systemax, Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle

Direct Business Up at J.C. Penney
The direct division of Plano, TX-based cataloger/retailer J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP) enjoyed its first year-over-year sales growth following several years of repositioning. But the catalog and Internet unit’s gains were …

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March 4, 2004




New Role for Jewett at Norm Thompson

Portland, OR-based Norm Thompson has undergone a minor corporate reshuffling. Rebecca “Becky” Jewett has relinquished her day-to-day duties as president/chief operating officer to become vice chairman. Chairman/CEO John Emrick, who hired Jewett seven years ago, has reassumed the …

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