February 13, 2002




Many suitors but only one offer for Fingerhut

This much we know: On Feb. 8, an as-yet-unnamed party made a formal offer to purchase the Fingerhut catalog business from Cincinnati-based parent Federated Department Stores. Federated had announced plans on Jan. 16 to close the Fingerhut catalog unless a buyer was …

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February 13, 2002




Movers and shakers

Delray Beach, FL-based office products marketer Office Depot appointed Jocelyn Carter-Miller executive vice president/chief marketing officer. Most recently, she was corporate vice president/chief marketing officer of Motorola.
Phoenix-based pet products cataloger/retailer PetSmart promoted David A. Quinn from …

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February 12, 2002




Mid America launches three Corvette books

Apparently a Corvette is not a Corvette is not a Corvette. And so Mid America Designs is launching three distinct catalogs of aftermarket parts for Corvettes. The marketer used to have just one catalog, Everything Corvette, for Corvette enthusiasts.
The …

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February 12, 2002




Financial reports: J. Jill, Collegiate Pacific

Sales at J. Jill Direct Drop for Quarter and Year
Despite a challenging retail environment, women’s apparel cataloger/retailer J. Jill Group (Nasdaq: JILL) posted gains on both sides of the ledger for the fourth quarter and the year. …

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February 8, 2002




Harry and David launches Japanese site

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, food gifts marketer Harry and David on Jan. 29 launched a Japanese Website. The Japanese-language site will initially offer seven chocolate and nut gifts, selected based on their appeal to the Japanese consumer as well …

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February 8, 2002




On the scene at MTAC: Merlin delayed

The U.S. Postal Service will delay for 30 days the implementation date for using the flat-sized mailings test results of “Merlin”–the Mailing Evaluation, Readability Lookup Instrument. Merlin automates verification procedures that were previously conducted manually to ensure that bulk …

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February 8, 2002




On the scene at MTAC: Potter says mailers will be ‘pleasantly surprised’ at new plan

Postmaster General Jack Potter on Feb. 7 said he’s pinning his hopes on the final draft of the U.S. Postal Service’s transformation plan, which broadly outlines the future goals of the USPS. In a brief presentation during the …

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February 8, 2002




On the scene at MTAC: Group seeks parcel delivery measurement

A destination delivery unit (DDU) drop-shipping work group at the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) is looking to set up a parcel service measurement system that would track the U.S. Postal Service’s delivery time, from when it originally …

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February 8, 2002




On the scene at MTAC: USPS pushes for negotiated service agreements

Later this month, the U.S. Postal Service will release a report to Congress on the status of its development of negotiated service agreements (NSAs), arrangements it would like to make with large volume mailers for postal discounts allowed for …

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February 7, 2002




On the scene at MTAC: deputy PMG delivers bad news

Washington–The state of the U.S. Postal Service “is not good,” said Deputy Postmaster General John Nolan kicking off the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) in Washington on Feb. 6. Nolan pointed out that with volume and revenue “significantly down” this …

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