August 1, 2001




Kids Stuff’s Growth Strategy

It’s been rough going for North Canton, OH-based Kids Stuff. Annual sales for the children’s products mailer, which mails Perfectly Safe, The Natural Baby Catalog, and Jeannie’s Kids Club, decreased 5% last year, to $15.9 million from $16.8 million in 1999. What’s more, Kids …

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August 1, 2001




Talking Heads

I believe the future of the catalog industry is straight up — I think it will continue to grow. There is no question that the Web has enhanced the catalog industry. It generates more business for catalogers. Richard Freeborn VP, Sales …

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August 1, 2001




Cornerstone Refinancing, Not Divesting

Speculation had it that Westchester, OH-based Cornerstone Brands was planning to sell some of its titles. But the catalog consolidator says the titles — home furnishings books Ballard Designs, Frontgate, and Smith & Noble; travel goods title TravelSmith; apparel mailer The Territory …

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July 11, 2001




Office Depot Acquires Two Dot-Coms

Delray Beach, FL–Because technology products are among the most frequently requested items of its online customers, office supplies giant Office Depot has agreed to acquire privately held online-only technology marketers Computers4Sure.com and Solutions4Sure.com. In addition to …

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July 11, 2001




Alloy Acquires CASS Communications

New York—Teen apparel cataloger Alloy Online has agreed to acquire Chicago-based college and high school advertising company CASS Communications. Alloy has issued approximately 1.7 million shares of stock and paid $9.7 million in cash and future performance-based consideration to complete the …

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July 10, 2001




Cornerstone Refinancing, but Not Divesting

Westchester, OH–If you heard rumors that Cornerstone Brands is planning to sell some of its titles, forget them. The catalogs are definitely not for sale, according to sources inside the company.
In fact, in May, Garnet Hill copresidents Brian Gowen …

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July 1, 2001




Dot.con

Long, long ago, there lived a poor farmer whose sole desire in life was to own a cow. After scrimping for many years, he saved up enough money to purchase one. Then he discovered that the animal needed space for …

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June 1, 2001




The New Breed of Innovators

A former editor of the Harvard Business Review, Theodore Levitt, said, “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”
It’s not that tough to dream up a new concept, strategy, or technique. Implementing the idea is much …

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June 1, 2001




FOOL’S GOLD

Dot-com fever unearthed some pockets of pure gold ore, but many prospectors were left with only a few shiny rocks. The Forty-niners just may have a few things to teach the Ninety-niners
The year is 1848. James W. Marshall discovers gold-colored …

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May 2, 2001




Specialty Catalog Investor Wants Remaining Shares

South Easton, MA–Specialty Catalog Corp., whose titles include the Paula Young wigs catalog, received an acquisition proposal from British investor Guy Naggar. Naggar, who owns 29% of the company’s shares, wants to acquire the remaining shares for $3.75 per share.

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