November 6, 2008




Are You Compliant With the New Product Safety Act?

In the wake of multiple highly publicized toy recalls last year, Congress enacted the comprehensive and complex act known as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Although children’s products were the impetus for the Act, it affects all …

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September 17, 2008




Consumer’s Right to Know Act Back Before Congress

If you’re phoning in a catalog order for that special pair of leather shoes you’ve been wanting for weeks, do you really care whether the agent you’re talking to is from Baltimore or Bangalore? Well, apparently some …

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March 24, 2008




Clean Up Your Act (Before You Use a Co-op)

How clean is the data received by the cooperative databases? If you ask Abacus, a division of Epsilon, it can be pretty dirty.
Roughly 30% of the co-op’s clients fail to run their names through NCOA before submitting, said Brian …

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July 1, 2007




Richard Thalheimer’s solo act

Richard Thalheimer is back in action. Less than a year after he was replaced as chairman/CEO of The Sharper Image Corp., Thalheimer has unveiled an e-commerce Website, RichardSolo.com.
But Thalheimer hasn’t strayed far from the formula that made …

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November 14, 2005




Measure, Understand, Act: The Keys to Marketing Performance Management

When it comes to managing the performance of your marketing programs, most marketers will tell you that they are content when the elements of their direct campaigns drop on schedule and within budget. The ultimate success of any direct program, …

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February 3, 2005




Rapid Growth Makes HRO an SRO Act

What’s new in outsourcing? If you don’t quite recognize the letters HRO, you will soon—it’s about to be everywhere. Anecdotally, random conversations at last September human resources outsourcing according to the Outsource Institute. The International Association …

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September 1, 2004




The Dunnage Balancing Act

Using too much dunnage is a waste of money, of course. But skimping on packaging materials can be costly as well: Too many orders will be arriving to customers — and coming back to you — damaged.
Fort Worth, TX-based home decor …

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July 1, 2004




Spiegel’s Next Act

The news that bankrupt Downers Grove, IL-based Spiegel Group on May 24 agreed to sell its flagship general merchandise business to Hinsdale, IL-based Pangea Holdings wasn’t much of a surprise to observers. After all, Pangea had earlier agreed to buy Spiegel’s …

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February 1, 2004




Opening Up the Can-Spam Act

It’s been a month since the Can-Spam Act (S. 877) became law. What effect does it have on catalogers that use e-mail marketing?
On the plus side, the bill overrides tougher state laws, such as one in California (S. 186) that had …

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March 1, 2003




Complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

In the seven months since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (H.R. 3763) became law, publicly traded catalogers have been busily adding independent accountants and auditors to their boards of directors.
For instance, when Hanover Direct appointed Robert H. Masson to its board …

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