Print Channel ARCHIVE

Good-bye, BlueSky  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By MCM staff

BlueSky Brands is history. The North Kingstown, RI-based parent company of the Paragon Gifts, Bits and Pieces, Bits and Pieces U.K., National Wildlife Direct, and Winterthur catalogs, which also owns McLean, VA-based third-party fulfillment provider AB&C Group, shut down on March 14.

Do consumers get Catalog Choice et al?  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

What began as a session at the spring NEMOA conference on how kitchen/home products merchant Williams-Sonoma uses customer data in its contact strategies

BlueSky’s bad deal  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By MCM staff

The news that multititle catalog mailer/fulfillment house BlueSky Brands had abruptly shut down last month no doubt came as a shock to many people. Even

PAPER THIN  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By MCM staff

On the pricing front, mills announced yet another $3 per hundredweight (cwt), or $60 per ton, price increase across the whole grade spectrum, effective

A surprising lift in January  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

Consumers may be buying less in the tight economy, but you can’t say catalogers weren’t trying. Catalog Tracker received 353 catalogs in January, up 11% from the 317 delivered to its mailbox in the same month of 2007.

Mail or Mulch  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By Tim Parry

Postmaster General John Potter has challenged customers to reduce undeliverable-as-addressed mail by 50% by 2010. Are you up to the test?

Hallmark Flowers ditching direct  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By Jim Tierney

Hallmark Flowers, a subsidiary of Kansas City, MO-based Hallmark Cards, plans to shut down its direct-to-consumer flowers and gifts business by the end of April.

Cannibals in bedlam  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By Herschell Gordon Lewis

A given: Typically, a consumer prospect looks for the best price rather than relying on loyalty to a distant source. A given: A business prospect looks

Lillian Vernon close to a sale  Apr 01, 2008 9:30 PM By Jim Tierney

Lillian Vernon Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Feb. 20, has reached a tentative agreement to sell the company, according to documents filed in March in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE.

More layoffs, likely sale for Lillian  Mar 01, 2008 10:30 PM By Jim Tierney

Things have gone from bad to worse for Lillian Vernon. Two months after it cut 25% of its staff, the struggling gifts and housewares cataloger on Feb.

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