January 1, 2002




FAO Acquisition Rounds Out Right Start

At first glance, it looks like a case of the tail wagging — or buying — the dog. The Right Start, a $65 million children’s products cataloger/retailer, on Nov. 19 agreed to buy $150 million toys cataloger/retailer FAO Schwarz from Amsterdam-based retailer Vendex …

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December 1, 2001




Reverse Gear

A company may outsource all or a portion of its operations. Typically, a firm that chooses to outsource the fulfillment portion of its business does so for that entire function — receiving, storage, pick/pack, shipment, and returns processing. Recently however, …

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December 1, 2001




Mergers & Acquisitions: Consumer Deals Melt Away in Summer Heat

As was the case with sales and earnings figures, mergers and acquisitions activity within the catalog and online marketing industry slumped during July, August, and September — especially among consumer print catalogers. Last year, 63% of the industry deals consumated in the …

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November 19, 2001




The Right Start to buy FAO Schwarz

The sluggish economy isn’t slowing The Right Start in its quest to become a major player in the children’s specialty market. The $65 million children’s products cataloger/retailer agreed on Nov. 19 to buy $150 million toy cataloger/retailer FAO …

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November 1, 2001




Just for You

The “boutique” sector of the direct-to-customer marketplace is populated by thousands of modest catalogs, single-product companies that do direct marketing through magazine advertisements, food-product businesses, and replacement-parts operations. Please don’t call them small — taken in the aggregate, these firms are …

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November 1, 2001




Miles Kimball to Close Exposures HQ

Coming off a flat 2000, multititle cataloger Miles Kimball plans to close the South Norwalk, CT, merchandising and creative offices of its Exposures picture frames and gifts catalog. Miles Kimball will move those functions to its Oshkosh, WI, headquarters.
Exposures’ Connecticut …

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December 1, 2002




Third-Quarter Deals Drop Off Slightly

Twenty-two deals involving catalogers were completed this past third quarter, a 24% decline from the 29 transactions that closed during the third quarter of 2001. That some of the quarter’s biggest deals, such as Kennametal’s purchase of Widia Group and Staples’ acquisitions of …

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November 1, 2002




Help Yourself

Has it struck you that personal service seems to be diminishing, if not outright disappearing? Companies rely more and more on tools like interactive voice response and other telephony advancements instead of on people. You call a company for the …

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November 1, 2002




Easy Rider

Consider the “e.” Never, perhaps, has a single letter had such dramatic ups and downs in popularity and reputation. Not long ago, this fifth letter of the alphabet — once noted primarily as the back end of words like “the” and …

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November 1, 2002




Into the Merch Mix

With the current economic climate inspiring a steady stream of layoffs and circulation cuts, there seems to be a lot more contraction than expansion in the catalog industry. Except when it comes to catalogers’ product lines.
Talbots, the venerable cataloger/…

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