November 1, 2001




Attack Aftermath: Back to Business

Last year at this time, catalogers were basing their plans and projections on how business had been 12 months prior. But following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in which four airplanes were hijacked and crashed, companies can no longer rely on precedents …

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November 1, 2001




SUPER MODEL

Oh, to sashay down a catwalk affecting an attitude of supercilious cool as the paparazzi gape in hushed reverence at your warehouse, which is absolutely comme il faut.
The odds of this happening may be slim, but it’s perfectly possible, …

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November 1, 2001




Attack Aftermath: Mailers React with Flags, Phone Calls, Prayers

As soon as an employee heard a radio report about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, fellow workers at multititle mailer Brylane’s New York headquarters gathered around televisions in the offices, watching and waiting. Spiegel closed all of its Eddie Bauer stores …

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November 1, 2001




Financial Update: Consumer Catalogs Limp Past the Midyear Mark

Even before the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, consumer mailers were feeling the effects of diminishing consumer confidence and spending. Of the 17 publicly traded consumer catalogers and cataloger/retailers tracked by Boston-based investment firm Ulin & Holland for Catalog Age, 47% posted a …

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November 1, 2001




It’s in There

Dream on, about the warehouse infrastructure that you’d love to have but can’t afford, about the new systems that you’ve been told will save you money even though you’re at a loss to cost-justify them. Business-school methods may seem oh-so-logical …

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In Inventory, Returns

November 1, 2001




NOW WHAT?

The impact of the World Trade Center disaster hits you as soon as you step out of the subway car at the City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge stop in lower Manhattan. An acrid odor, like that of burning rubber, is the …

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November 1, 2001




Merchandising Roundtable: The Goods on Getting the Goods

In August, CATALOG AGE sat down with several catalogers in Woodstock, VT, to talk about merchandising matters, from sourcing to liquidating. Regardless of their market segment — jewelry, baking supplies, educational tools, crafts — the participants had many of the same concerns …

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October 1, 2001




Operations and Management: Hitting the Roof

In this occasional series, Steve Harris, senior vice president of Middlebury, VT-based warehouse design consultancy Bread Loaf Corp., answers questions about building a better distribution center.
Q. I’ve been told my distribution center should have a flat roof? Why?
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October 1, 2001




Four Walls, No Windows

This morning’s fluffy white clouds have turned into a full-scale thunderstorm, but it’s only when you walk out the door that you remember your umbrella on the front seat of the car, a half-mile away in the last row of …

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October 1, 2001




Miles Kimball Suspends Exposures Homes

Realizing just how different the furniture business is from the novelties, stationery, and picture-frame businesses, multititle mailer Miles Kimball is shuttering its Exposures Homes catalog. Miles Kimball president/CEO Mike Muoio confirmed that the June issue of Exposures Homes was …

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