December 1, 2001




At Deadline

SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC BOX SOLD Cataloger/retailer Foot Locker (formerly Venator) on Nov. 13 sold gifts cataloger/retailer The San Francisco Music Box Co. to SFMB Acquisition Corp., a unit of New York-based Kier Group Holdings. The sale was part of …

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December 1, 2001




Lands’ End Tests Catalogs for Men, Women

Shakespeare’s Juliet isn’t the only one to ask what’s in a name. Apparel and home goods cataloger Lands’ End is pondering the same question.
Earlier this year the Dodgeville, WI-based mailer changed the title of its menswear book Beyond Buttondowns …

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December 1, 2001




New Web Catalogs

Airgas B2B
To give customers another channel for ordering product and communicating with the company, Radnor, PA-based Airgas launched Airgas B2B in September. Clients can use the site to research Airgas’s industrial, medical, and specialty gases, welding equipment, …

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December 1, 2001




Benchmark 2001: Critical Issues and Trends

Two years ago, in discussing the 1999 Benchmark Report on Critical Issues and Trends, we wrote that, having experienced “several years of strong sales, solid profitability, and a thriving economy,” catalogers were “waiting for the bubble to burst.” And a significant …

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In Channel Integration, News

December 1, 2001




New Procedures in Place

Between Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, operations consultancy F. Curtis Barry & Co. surveyed 500 catalog companies about any changes they were considering or had already made in response to the anthrax threats. Below, the survey highlights.
Companies using protective gloves in the mailroom …

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December 1, 2001




Pick of the Bunch

What do exotic produce and third-party logistics services have in common? Their buyers are picky. This year, companies that use 3PLs are examining the menu of offerings much more carefully. In a recent study, researchers from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, …

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December 1, 2001




Mergers & Acquisitions: Consumer Deals Melt Away in Summer Heat

As was the case with sales and earnings figures, mergers and acquisitions activity within the catalog and online marketing industry slumped during July, August, and September — especially among consumer print catalogers. Last year, 63% of the industry deals consumated in the …

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December 1, 2001




Pottery Barn

It all began with the Peruvian stirrup-spouted pot. When I first spotted this 2,000-year-old beauty at the Dallas Museum of Art, I was stunned by its sophistication. Now, months later, it has taken on a significance that I could never …

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December 1, 2001




Saks Quietly Sells Bullock & Jones

Retail giant Saks has sold men’s cataloger/retailer Bullock & Jones. But the question remains, To whom?
When CATALOG AGE called Saks to confirm the deal, spokesperson Julia Bentley would say only that Bullock & Jones was sold to “a Maryland-based company …

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December 1, 2001




Sport Supply Changes the Rules of the Game

Since 1998, business-to-business cataloger Sport Supply Group (SSG) has spent more than $8.8 million upgrading its computer systems and Website. Now the Farmers Branch, TX-based cataloger, a subsidiary of electronics conglomerate Emerson Radio Corp., is looking to recoup its investments. So far …

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