May 1, 2001




Could Be Worse

Given the economy, what’s news isn’t that first-quarter sales came up short for a number of catalogers. Rather, it’s that a fair number of marketers met or beat expectations.
About half of the mailers contacted by Catalog Age, including Yankee …

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May 1, 2001




Credit Squeeze Has a Choke Hold on Catalogers

You may be finding it tougher than ever to obtain credit. Or perhaps your bank has even called in its loan to you. If so, here’s a very small consolation: You’re not the only cataloger suffering from the credit squeeze.

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May 1, 2001




Three Hanover Books Up for Grabs

On the heels of mounting losses, multititle mailer Hanover Direct is narrowing its focus. In April the Weehawken, NJ-based cataloger put three of its books on the block: men’s apparel titles International Male and Undergear, and upscale home decor and …

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In Uncategorized

May 1, 2001




Multichannel Challenges: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

As a nonprofit business, the catalog/retail division of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has long faced a host of challenges. Like for-profit multichannel marketers, the purveyor of art-related gifts struggles to manage inhouse catalog design, fulfillment, and …

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In Channel Integration, News

May 1, 2001




Forerunner’s IF/SO

Users say that IF/SO is straightforward and easy to learn
In the direct-to-customer business, efficient inventory management is the key to customer satisfaction, cost containment, and ultimately, profits.
The Inventory Forecasting and Stock Optimizer (IF/SO) from Forerunner Systems, …

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September 1, 2000




LEAP, CLICK, SHIP

In his popular book The Fifth Discipline, business management guru Peter Senge describes what he calls the “Parable of the Boiled Frog.” If you drop a frog in boiling water, it will try to leap out. If, instead, you place …

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September 1, 2000




Deluxe assortment

How does the expansion of Internet-based sales alter the picture of payment processing?
It’s a money-colored thing Remember when you were a kid and you needed only the smallest box of crayons to fill in simple line drawings at school? …

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In CRM, Inventory

April 1, 2001




Catalog Branding: Striking Up the Brand

Philip Kotler, who is often referred to as the father of modern marketing, said it best: “Building a brand calls for more than building a brand image. The savvy company must build a continuous positive brand experience for its target …

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April 1, 2001




A Market in Bloom

The overall gardening products market has grown nearly 50% between 1996 and 1999
Between 1996 and 1998, according to the NGA, the number of households participating in lawn and garden activities increased about 2%, from 101.4 million to 103.5 million
In 1996, mail order accounted for 9.2% of all gardening …

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In Marketing

August 1, 2000




Mailers: USPS overstates contingency needs

How much of a contingency budget is too much? That question was at the heart of recent testimony in the current postal rate case.
In testimony filed in June, cosponsored by nine industry associations and four large mailers, postal consultant …

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