August 1, 2001




F&G: What Went Wrong?

Payments on a $70 million loan contributed to F&G’s downfall
On July 2, Foster & Gallagher (F&G) made it official: The multititle mailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Now all …

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August 1, 2001




Short Takes: Remains of the Day

Marketing and order management services provider OrderTrust announced early in June that it had ceased business operations. The Lowell, MA-based company, founded in 1995, provided order management services through its processing network, acting as a de facto application services provider (ASP) …

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August 1, 2001




Sales of Energy-Conservation Products Surge

Nobody’s happy about the recent power crunch and the looming energy crisis — except perhaps companies that sell energy-conservation products.
Sales have already surged this year for some catalogers that sell such items, and the dim outlook for the power supplies …

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August 1, 2001




The Electronic Catalog: The Payoff of Paid Search Listings

By now you know that it’s not enough just to be on the Web. Once online, you also need to direct users to your Website. Some marketers are finding that paying for listings on search engines makes it more likely …

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August 1, 2001




Fond Farewells

‘You can’t solve the problem by using the prayer routine until everything goes bad’
Have a plan in place for how the workload will be divided among remaining employees
Juliet found her parting from Romeo sad but sweet because she …

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August 1, 2001




Financial Reports: Blair, Guitar Center, Harvard Bioscience

Stamford, CT—Although general merchandise cataloger Blair Corp.’ saw second-quarter net sales increase 4%, to $164.1 million from $157.1 million, net income dropped 34%, to $5.5 million from $8.3 million. Net income included a one-time $4.0 million benefit from pretax interest income as a result of a …

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August 1, 2001




Royal Mail Wooing U.S. Catalogers

British postal service Royal Mail has aggressively sought U.S. catalog business for years — with limited success. But since expanding its services during the past few years to include mail processing and freight consolidation, Royal Mail has signed on more …

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August 1, 2001




A Rose Is a Rose

Most ‘new technology’ firms have trouble stating what they do
The technology marketplace is rife with weeds posing as exotic flora. Razor-edged grasses and thorns abound, making the bleeding edge as dangerous a place as it has always been.
Two …

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August 1, 2001




Venus Settles Suit Against Pacific Sunwear

Jacksonville, FL–Swimsuit cataloger Venus Swimwear has settled a federal lawsuit it had filed on June 13, charging trademark infringement against $614.6 million Anaheim, CA-based retailer Pacific Sunwear and Pacific Sunwear of California.
Venus Swimwear alleged Pacific Sunwear’s Venus Girl Trap brand …

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August 1, 2001




FYI: You’ve Got (Some) Mail

E-mails to customer service at 50 Web sites 2Q 2001 4Q 2000 Average time to respond 12.63 hrs. 14.13 hrs. Confirmation number included in e-mail 100% 88% Answered e-mail question correctly 73% 81% Opt-in e-mail 62% 32% Auto response 38% 23% Source: the e-tailing group, 2001

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