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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July 2, 2002




Systemax lays off 50

Computer, industrial supplies, and office products manufacturer/marketer Systemax is merging two of its facilities in Port Washington, NY, and laying off about 50 workers. The move is intended to improve efficiency and cut costs.
Systemax also announced that it will …

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July 2, 2002




Harvard Bioscience buys U.K. manufacturer

The U.K. subsidiary of Harvard Bioscience, a manufacturer/marketer of drug-discovery products, acquired Cambridge, England-based Walden Precision Apparatus, which manufactures and markets diode-array spectrophotometers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In addition to expanding the product offerings of …

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July 1, 2002




New Web Catalogs

Onley Make Believe
Want to personalize your home or office with one-of-a-kind decorative pillows and table accents? The Onley Make Believe Website, launched in November 2001, sells cotton and linen pillows and table linens designed by founder Gerard Onley. Prices range …

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July 1, 2002




Listings

NEW LISTS
MAGIC SEASONINGS MAIL ORDER
Founded by famed Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme, the Magic Seasonings Mail Order catalog has nearly 55,000 12-month buyers. Customers spent an average of $60 an order on the seasonings, sauces, cookbooks, and instructional videos sold in …

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July 1, 2002




Sports Supply Group cuts its losses

Annual net revenue at athletic supplies cataloger Sport Supply Group (OTC BB: SSPY.OB) decreased 8% , to $103.6 million for the fiscal year ended March 29. The Dallas-based marketer, which sells to schools and recreation leagues, attributes the decrease to the economic slowdown, …

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