July 1, 2004




Deluxe Returns to Catalogs with NEBS Acquisition

Deluxe Corp. exited the catalog industry when it sold its Current and Paper Direct titles to Taylor Corp. in 1998. Deluxe was going to focus on offering financial services, such as electronic payments.
But the Shoreview, MN-based checks marketer has changed …

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April 1, 2003




Succeeding by Exceeding

Remember the good old days — you know, six or eight years ago — when your competitors were the other catalogs that landed in mailboxes along with your book? Today you face competition not only from other catalogers, but also from manufacturers, …

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June 30, 2004




French Parent Changing Brylane Corporate Moniker

Redcats, the Paris-based the catalog/home shopping division of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), which has owned New York-based multititle cataloger Brylane since 1998, on June 28 announced that it would change Brylane’s corporate name to Redcats USA.
The name change won’t affect …

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March 11, 2003




Spiegel Appears Near Chapter 11

For The Spiegel Group, the news continues to go from bad to worse. On March 11, the cataloger/retailer announced that it is being forced to pay back investors of its First Consumers National Bank (FCNB) subsidiary $2.2 billion in secured bonds …

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March 10, 2003




SEC Begins Spiegel Investigation

(Catalog Age) The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) formally began its investigation into cataloger/retailer Spiegel Group’s compliance with the federal securities laws. On March 7, the SEC started a civil proceeding in Chicago federal court alleging that Spiegel’s …

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March 1, 2003




Cajun Country

WHILE ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE, boudin balls, and authentic Zydeco music may be abundantly available in New Orleans, if you Jones for such stuff in Winnipeg you’re probably out of luck. This was the premise that sparked CajunGrocer.com, a Net-based storefront …

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March 1, 2003




You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

IN THIS DEPRESSING JOB MARKET, I’ve met with numerous managers who are looking for advice, referrals, or sometimes just a pleasant conversation with someone who knows how competent they are. Some of these folks are becoming increasingly desperate to find …

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June 1, 2004




Deal Market Revving into Gear

If the first quarter is any indication, 2004 is going to be a banner year for industry deal making.
During the first three months of the year, 21 catalog deals were closed, compared with 13 during the first quarter of 2003. “This is a …

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February 26, 2003




MeritDirect Asks Court to Restrain Slater and DMI

The bitter divorce between Chad Slater and White Plains, NY-based business-to-business list firm MeritDirect took a new turn on Feb. 21 when MeritDirect took its former vice president to court. MeritDirect hopes the action will put a damper on Slater’s new …

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February 17, 2003




Successories goes private

Motivational products cataloger Successories will be acquired by S.I. Acquisition LLC and cease being a publicly-traded company. Under the terms of the acquisition, shares of Successories’ common stock not already owned by S.I. Acquisition will be purchased for 30 …

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