August 17, 2011




Financial Clock Ticking For USPS

Sinking mail volume, massive annual payments for retiree health benefits, and an entirely unhealthy fiscal situation have put the U.S. Postal Service in a precarious position.
The Postal Service incurred an $8.5 billion net loss in fiscal 2010, compared to a …

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November 27, 2015




Editor’s Notebook: My Big Fat Omnichannel Thanksgiving Shopping Day

A new Parry Family tradition began this Thanksgiving Day. This was the first time in about 10 years that my wife, Ursula, was not doing double-duty as a float escort at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and/or working as an …

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In Blog, Ecommerce

June 27, 2011




PMG: USPS Needs Congress’s Help

The United States Postal Service can’t begin to gain profitability without help from the federal mandates that hold it back, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told attendees at the National Catalog Forum held June 21-22 in Washington by the American Catalog …

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In Operations & Fulfillment, Shipping/Delivery

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December 9, 2014




Emailing Canada: Truths and Myths

Canada’s new anti-spam regulations have created some misconceptions about what kinds of emails marketers can send to potential clients and consumers north of the border.

The big thing to keep in mind when trying to wrap your head around …

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In Email, Email

June 23, 2011




PRC’s Goldway on FSS, The ACD filing and Catalog Elasticity

The U.S. Postal Service’s $1.5 billion flats sequencing system (FSS) equipment hasn’t lived up to expectations, according to Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission.
During her Tuesday session, “How the Postal Regulatory Commission Thinks,” at the …

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February 14, 2013




Storch Out as Toys R Us CEO, Rubin in at Michaels

Jerry Storch is stepping down as CEO at Toys R Us, but will retain his position as its chairman.
Toys R Us is coming off a poor holiday season. The company reported last month that its fourth-quarter sales were down 4.7% …

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In Ecommerce, Executive

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November 11, 2015




The Big Fat Singles Day 2015 Pseudo Live Blog

EDITOR’S NOTE: Singles Day 2015 is here, and I was not awake around the clock… so while this is a running blog about Singles Day 2015, and is somewhat in chronological order, I can only say I am pseudo-live blogging the 11.11 Global …

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October 30, 2015




Week In Review: REI Says No to Black Friday

Instead of shopping on Black Friday, outdoor clothing and equipment retailer REI wants its customers to #OptOutside. The retailer, who has been vocal in the past about stores opening their doors on Thanksgiving, will keep its “closed” sign in its …

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In Data & Analytics, Ecommerce

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April 11, 2013




Hearing Scheduled To Discuss Future of the U.S. Postal Service

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell, Issa, R-Calif., announced in a press release he would convene a full committee hearing to examine the future of the United States Postal Service.

The hearing will explore a range of options …

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In News, Operations & Fulfillment

August 2, 2010




Clothing Makes the Catalog for Patrick James

Right from the cover, you get the sense that it’s good to be Patrick James–or at least, it’s good to buy your clothes from the Patrick James catalog. The men’s apparel mailer is a “West Coast Classic,” …

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