March 1, 1999




Overseas Success Stories

Among the U.S. catalogs mailing overseas, consumer books command most of the media attention. Yet it’s the business-to-business mailers that have made the most impact on international cataloging. Since the early 1990s, U.S.-based b-to-b catalog companies have …

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February 1, 1999




The sun sets on the CML Group

Just four years ago, the CML Group’s empire included cataloger/retailers The Nature Co., Smith & Hawken, and NordicTrack. But on Dec. 17, the Acton, MA-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it would sell its lone remaining property, gardening …

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February 1, 1999




The price is right. . . or is it?

You need a stapler. So you surf to the Office Depot Website and find that the stapler you want costs $13.49…if you live in Stamford, CT. If you’re in Overland Park, KS, you’ll pay only $12.99 for the same model.
The …

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February 1, 1999




‘Jobbers’ sweep out overstocks

No matter how prescient the merchandiser, every cataloger at some point ends up with overstock. While there are a range of liquidation options, including package inserts, outlet stores, and sale catalogs, more catalogers are turning to liquidators, or “jobbers,” which …

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In News

February 1, 1999




Low-cost forks

Smaller catalogers may not think they have the money or the space to invest in a warehouse forklift, but several new compact forklift trucks have recently hit the market. These “mini-forklifts” cost about half of the price of traditional forklift …

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In News

January 1, 1999




Reaching into retail

Despite their differences, catalogs and retail have always had a close relationship. After all, cataloging sprang from the retail sector in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when retailers such as Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and J.C. Penney pursued …

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January 1, 1999




A fulfilling opportunity

As the Internet becomes an increasingly viable sales channel, catalogers such as Fingerhut, Hanover Direct, and Stark Bros. have begun providing back-end services to Web-only marketers.
Many online-only catalogers, most of which are relatively new, don’t want to incur the …

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January 1, 1999




BARRY ON SOFTWARE: Avexxis’s CatMan

Avexxis has a radical idea: to tailor its CatMan CMS package to individual catalog companies, rather than to make the companies tailor their operations to the software. Even the best, most customized systems typically require client companies to modify at …

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In multichannelmerchant.com/opsandfulfillment/news, Order Mgmt

January 1, 1999




Five service superstars

As the business-to-business direct marketing arena becomes increasingly competitive, and more large companies-such as the office superstores and major manufacturers-enter the catalog business, providing topnotch service has never been more important. So with input from several b-to-b consultants, we’ve selected …

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December 1, 1998




After the marriage: moving in

As in other industries, consolidations and mergers are sweeping through the catalog business. But only after the courtship, when it’s time to integrate logistics such as warehousing, fulfillment, and computer systems, is the marriage truly tested.
To ensure a smooth …

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