November 1, 1999




Geerlings & Wade acquired

On Sept. 28, holding company Liquid Holdings purchased $34.7 million wine marketer Geerlings & Wade for $40 million. The privately held Liquid Holdings, formed for this transaction, is headed by Ronald S. Haft, the founder of retailer The Dart Group. The deal is expected …

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November 1, 1999




SOFTWARE: Adobe goes up against Quark

For the past two decades, most catalogers have relied on the QuarkXPress design software to lay out their books. According to Catalog Age’s Benchmark survey on Production (October issue), 64% of respondents use QuarkXPress.
So when Adobe, maker of illustration software …

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November 1, 1999




NATIONAL POSTAL FORUM: Lofty plans, but few promises

USPS hopes to expand Priority Mail deliveries and two-day guarantee
The U.S. Postal Service didn’t reveal any details on its upcoming rate case (see “Expect rate hike by 2001,” below) during the National Postal Forum (NPF), held Sept. 26-29 in …

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November 1, 1999




Performance Products

To cater to every form of four-wheeled transport, the cataloger built a new high-performance product database
With more than 200,000 SKUs and growing, Performance Products could have ended up with a Website (www.performanceproducts.com) as difficult to navigate as the …

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November 1, 1999




CUSTOMER SERVICE: Breaking backorder news

How your reps can better deal with the inevitable out-of-stocks
Let’s face it: You are most likely going to have backorders this holiday season. Because it is neither physically nor economically feasible to keep merchandise 100% in stock at all times, …

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November 1, 1999




AOL plays dress-up with catalogers

America Online (AOL) is now a fashion adviser, much to the benefit of apparel catalogers. The Dulles, VA-based Internet service provider has launched Chic Simple Wardrobe, which AOL describes as “suggested wardrobe solutions.” AOL subscribers can access Chic Simple Wardrobe …

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October 1, 1999




A fishy title

Most catalogers strive for a catchy title, but “Bite Me?” A Catalog Age staff member picked up this offbeat gem from the Bite Me Live Bait Co. while on summer vacation in tony Newport, RI. But if you’re heading out …

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October 1, 1999




SPIN-OFFS

Think of Hanover Direct’s newest title, Encore, as a “greatest hits” catalog. The book, which launched in August, sells products from eight of Hanover’s 13 other catalogs, including housewares book Domestications, upscale gifts title Gump’s by Mail, and plus-size women’s apparel …

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October 1, 1999




Benchmark 1999 Production

This month marks a redesign of our Benchmark survey series. The research results and analysis are now divided into clear survey segments and presented in a format that we hope is more accessible and easier to use and understand. The …

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October 1, 1999




Diplomat hopes change is good: Will new name lure new investors?

Diplomat Direct Marketing, the parent company of the women’s apparel catalogs Lew Magram and Brownstone Studios, hopes changing its name will improve investors’ perceptions of the struggling business. On Aug. 23, the Teaneck, NJ-based company became StyleSite Marketing to “enhance our …

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