May 1, 1999




CONDUCTING A CATALOG OPERATIONS AUDIT

Promises, promises: All catalogs make them, but the best actually deliver both the goods and the service. Any catalog operations manager can tell you it’s easy for the marketing department to make grand promises, but fulfilling them can be challenging-especially …

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May 1, 1999




New Lists

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COLLECTORS The 52,931 Vroom catalog buyers, 58% of whom are women, spend an average of $70 per order on collectible and licensed products featuring rock music stars such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
Cost: $105/M Selects: state/SCF/zip, …

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May 1, 1999




Year ends on a weak note

Because so many consumer marketers reap the majority of their sales during the holiday season, the fourth quarter can be a make-or-break period: Apparel cataloger/retailer J. Peterman, for one, admitted that sluggish fourth-quarter sales contributed to its bankruptcy.
So …

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May 1, 1999




Planning ahead

Carrie Van Dyck is co-owner of Herb Farm, a Fall City, WA-based catalog of herbs and related products. Annual sales, $2 million; annual circulation, 270,000.
We don’t have an official written succession plan. I’ve been thinking about it, but we haven’t discussed …

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February 1, 1999




Thinking outside the mailbox

Let’s say a cataloger of tabletop items is discontinuing a china pattern. Database triggers could stimulate this mailer to telephone all the high-value customers who had bought that particular pattern and offer them the china at a special price. Another …

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April 1, 1999




Amazon.com expansion continues

Online bookseller Amazon.com hopes it can sell Prozac and Pepto-Bismol over the Internet the way it now sells John Grisham novels.
Not content to sell books, videos, and CDs over the Web, Seattle-based Amazon.com in February bought a 46% …

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April 1, 1999




GOOD TIMES-FOR NOW

Judging by early spring sales results, most catalogers continue to benefit from the still-strong economy. Multititle gifts mailer Good Catalog Co., apparel marketers Barrie Pace and Children’s Wear Digest, and seed cataloger Territorial Seed Co. all report double-digit sales increases …

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April 1, 1999




Breaking away from the pack

Carving out and maintaining a niche in the catalog industry is becoming more difficult each year. To protect market share, several mailers have been beefing up their brand image and identity, protecting their brand, building brand loyalty, and using their …

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April 1, 1999




Trolling for customers

Bill Guyre is vice president of the not-for-profit, New York-based Lighthouse Catalog, which sells specialized products for people with impaired vision. Annual sales, less than ñ10 million; annual circulation, 2 million.
Our parent company, Lighthouse International (a not-for-profit foundation that supports advocacy, …

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January 1, 1999




View from The Hill

Newt may be gone, but as far as catalogers are concerned, little else has changed on Capitol Hill. “There wasn’t much turnover in terms of faces in Congress,” says Richard Barton, senior vice president of government relations for industry organization …

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