March 1, 2003




Deals Evaporate at Year’s End

In terms of mergers and acquisitions, 2002 went out with a whimper. Just 16 industry deals were transacted during the fourth quarter, down 24% from the fourth quarter of 2001 and 52% from the fourth quarter of 2000.
Most of the deals that were consummated this …

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March 1, 2003




Three Ways to Go From Bricks to Clicks

It’s the rare merchant these days who doesn’t sell through multiple channels, but the process of coordinating those channels — particularly off-line and online venues — remains as difficult as ever. For the first time, however, retailers may be able to tap …

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February 19, 2003




Financial Reports: The Sportsman’s Guide, Geerlings & Wade

Looks like The Sportsman’s Guide (Nasdaq: SGDE) is taking aim at profitability. For the year ended Dec. 31, sales increased 6%, to $180.3 million, compared with $169.7 million in sales last year. Annual net earnings increased 43%, to $4.0 million for the year, compared with net …

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February 9, 2003




CATALOG AGE’s Benchmark Report on Marketing 2003

When CATALOG AGE’s previous Benchmark Survey on Marketing was conducted, in fall 2000, the economy was just beginning to show a few cracks. This past November, when the most recent survey was conducted, Americans were waiting for the economic recovery to …

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February 1, 2003




Benchmark 2003 on Marketing

When Catalog Age’s previous Benchmark Survey on Marketing was conducted, in fall 2000, the economy was just beginning to show a few cracks. This past November, when the most recent survey was conducted, Americans were waiting for the economic recovery to …

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February 1, 2003




Go With the Flow

When I ask the “how” question about improving product flow, my mind immediately breaks the matter into three parts (acquisition, storage and handling, and disposition), the first and third of which seem fairly irrelevant at the start. My second thought …

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December 13, 2002




Harbour Group buys Classic Chevy

Following through on its intent to acquire complementary businesses, investment firm Harbour Group has acquired Classic Chevy International, an Orlando, FL-based cataloger of Chevrolet and Camaro restoration parts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
St. Louis-based Harbour Group had …

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December 1, 2002




Natural SELECTION

The science of site selection is all about making sure you’re in the right place at the right time. Selecting a distribution center site is one of the most important and far-reaching strategic decisions that the management of a growing …

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October 22, 2002




DMA may buy DMDNY

(Direct Newsline) The Direct Marketing Association is in talks to acquire DMDNY, producer of Direct Marketing Days in New York, and may be the sole remaining bidder, sources said.
DMA president H. Robert Wientzen and DMDNY executives declined comment on …

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October 21, 2002




Fingerhut president Sherman reportedly near deal for Federated’s apparel catalogs

(Direct Newsline) Michael Sherman is in talks with Federated Department Stores to buy most of the remaining Fingerhut Cos. properties, according to sources close to the deal. The investment for the acquisition is coming from J.P. Morgan Chase, sources …

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