November 1, 2000




To tax or not to tax

Key bills: who sponsored what Despite a flurry of behind-the-scenes lobbying concerning the moratorium on taxes from sales placed over the Internet, it’s not likely that legislation will pass to alter the moratorium before its scheduled expiration in October 2001 – …

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November 1, 2000




Weighing the heavyweights

Who’s better for catalogers: Bush or Gore? It’s that time again – time to hit the voting booths, pull the lever, and (hopefully) elect the officials who will benefit you most. This year is particularly noteworthy. Not only is there …

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November 1, 2000




New House rules?

As is the case every other year, all 435 House seats are up for reelection. The good news is that the more cataloger-friendly representatives are, in the words of Roll Call, the independent newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, “safe” bets to …

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September 1, 2000




OPERATIONS

Lessons from last Avoiding online fulfillment snafus this holiday season As the 20th-century philosopher George Santayana said, those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. And with the holiday shopping season about …

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September 1, 2000




Catalog Copy

Clarity triumphs… as well it should The tumult and shouting have died. The Gold Award winners have their award plaques. Some Annual Catalog Award winners know very well why they won, while others figure, “I guess ours was better than …

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August 1, 2000




LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP: No news is good news

Little action on bills expected for rest of year
Few, if any, bills are expected to reach the House or Senate floors in the final months of the 106th Congress. “It appears that none of the privacy bills or other …

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August 1, 2000




ACQUISITIONS: Wilmar buys MRO rival Barnett

In one fell swoop, $225 million repair and maintenance products cataloger Wilmar Industries has doubled its share of the MRO market, by agreeing to buy $269.4 million plumbing and electrical supplier Barnett. Under the terms of the agreement, Wilmar will pay Barnett …

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July 1, 2000




LEGISLATION: No Internet taxes till ’06?

House approves ‘Net tax ban legislation; next stop is the Senate
The first hurdle in extending the Internet sales tax ban to October 2006 has been cleared. On May 10, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend the moratorium beyond …

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June 1, 2000




AT DEADLINE

POSTAL RATES: GOOD NEWS AND BAD It may be too soon to celebrate, but the buzz at the Direct Marketing Association’s Government Affairs Conference on May 2 in Washington was that the Postal Rate Commission may trim the size of the …

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May 1, 2000




BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS

KATIE MULDOON: I’ve noticed only one major creative trend in business-to-business catalogs lately: varnished covers. Many business mailers are applying a coating of a varnishlike substance to the cover while the catalog is being printed – just like putting on …

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