January 1, 2001




short takes

Steppin’ Out You can never be too rich or too thin – or, it seems, outsource too much. For those who believed the fad would pass, a new report, “Outsourcing Index 2000,” provides ample food for second thought. Outsourcing is growing …

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January 1, 2001




TOP OF THE HEAP

Follow these principles to ensure that customers get royal treatment, whether you are a third-party services provider or an e-merchant seeking top-to-bottom expertise in DTC fulfillment
Being a dot.com may no longer have the cachet it used to, but …

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January 1, 2001




It’s Official: New Postal Rates in Effect Jan. 7

“Under protest,” the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) agreed on Dec. 5 to implement the rates recommended in November by the Postal Rate Commission (PRC). The new rates take effect Jan. 7.
The PRC-recommended rates call for a reduction …

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January 1, 2001




Taming the Beast

International logistics for direct-to-customer businesses – boosted by the popularity of the Internet – adds many variables and serious risks to inter-country distribution and sourcing. The good news is that with careful risk management and preparation, any company can navigate …

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January 1, 2001




Executive Greetings Welcomes Acquisitions

The b-to-b cataloger has capital to spend but is having a tough time finding companies to buy
The $110 million Executive Greetings, which produces 20 titles, mailed 72 million books in 1999.
Acquired in September 1999 by buyout firms San Francisco-based Behrman Capital and New …

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October 1, 2001




Annual Paper Forecast: Down but Not Out

In these pages last year, we predicted that the January 2001 postal hike and a potential economic slowdown would lead to only a modest increase in paper demand among catalogers this year. Whereas catalog paper usage had increased 4.5% between 1999 and 2000, we …

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In Lists & Data - Buisness, News

September 20, 2001




Miles Kimball to Close Exposures Connecticut HQ

South Norwalk, CT—Coming off a flat 2000 companywide, gifts and novelties cataloger Miles Kimball plans to close down the merchandising and creative offices of its Exposures picture frames and gifts catalog division here and move those functions to its Oshkosh, …

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September 19, 2001




Court Approves Sale of F&G’s Gifts Group, Horticultural Books

Wilmington, DE—The waiting is over, and Brecon Capital Management and Gardens Alive are the lucky bargain shoppers. On Sept. 19, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the sale of substantially all the assets of the …

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September 6, 2001




What Is Marketing Anyway?

For Jules Silbert, executive vice president of apparel and home goods cataloger Brylane, marketing and merchandising are inseparable: “Although until recently we’ve been selling only apparel to our database of 20 million households, they’re receptive to other offers as …

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September 1, 2001




The 2ND ANNUAL I.Merchant Awards

As hundreds of budding entrepreneurs learned, building an e-commerce site is easy; building an effective and successful one isn’t. A stellar Website has to make shopping simple, even intuitive, for both seasoned Web users and newbies. It has to provide …

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