June 12, 2002




Annual Catalog Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 17th Annual Catalog Awards and the 3rd Annual I.Merchant Awards were announced at the Annual Catalog Conference in Chicago on June 12, 2002. Including Catalog of the Year, which went to Berkeley, CA-based Backroads, and Website of …

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June 12, 2002




Live from the ACC: UPS Chief Says Strike Unlikely

Chicago–United Parcel Service chairman/CEO Mike Eskew says that catalogers shouldn’t worry about the ongoing contract negotiations between UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. “We’re confident we’ll get it done,” Eskew said yesterday in an exclusive …

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June 12, 2002




Federated finally unloads Fingerhut

It’s official: Federated Department Stores has reached a definitive agreement to sell Fingerhut.
Yesterday Federated announced that FAC Acquisitions, led by Thomas Petters and former Fingerhut CEO Ted Deikel, agreed to buy Fingerhut’s name, Website, existing inventory, and …

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June 12, 2002




Live from the ACC: Retail in Store for E-Style

Maternity and baby products cataloger/Web marketer E-Style is embracing a new channel. The Los Angeles-based company plans to open its first store in November.
E-Style, which includes the Babystyle.com and Kidstyle.com Websites, actually plans to open two …

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June 12, 2002




Live from the ACC: Bezos Spills the Beans on Amazon

Chicago–You might think that building a $3.1 billion business in seven years would be a complex, confounding matter. But Jeff Bezos, founder/CEO of online behemoth Amazon.com, views his success as a matter of learning four simple lessons. In yesterday …

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June 11, 2002




Live from the ACC: New Amazon partner surprises audience

J&R Music and Computer World
cofounder/co-CEO Rachelle Friedman surprised attendees when keynote speaker Jeff Bezos, founder/president/CEO of Amazon.com, announced that Amazon had signed the consumer electronics cataloger/retailer as a partner on Amazon’s Website.
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June 10, 2002




Live from the ACC: Signs of a Rebound

Chicago–Many marketers are optimistic that the economy is turning around, and that optimism is reflected in increased catalog circulation. In April, circulation was up 15% from that of April 2001, according to list firm Direct Media’s Mail Box Monitor and Catalog …

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June 10, 2002




Live from the ACC: Meeting the Myriad Challenges: The Pros Speak

Chicago–What with continual postage and parcel shipping increases, not to mention a rocky economy, these are hardly the best of times for catalogers. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up several industry notables to discuss the challenges they face–and …

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June 10, 2002




Live from the ACC: Spending on Dad

Chicago–Apparently Americans think more highly of their fathers this year than last. Or maybe they’re just feeling flusher. Whatever the reason, this year the 1,000 consumers surveyed by the National Retail Federation plan to spend an average of $95 a household …

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June 10, 2002




Live from the ACC: The Pros Speak, Part II

Chicago–In each issue of the Annual Catalog Conference Show Daily, we’ll present opinions of a panel of experts on myriad challenges facing mailers today. Yesterday, we asked our panel of experts how they see the industry dealing with ever-increasing …

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