The major parcel carriers continue to experience growth supported by upward trends in consumer online shopping as well as B2B on-line catalog buying
. In the meantime, service promises of two-day and even same-day fulfillment for shippers and buyers is proving to be addictive.
A woman told us, "My mother is addicted to catalog buying
. She likes to buy sweatshirts.
For 15 years, The Chef's Shop has been a member of the Gourmet Catalog buying
group, which has been a valuable resource not only for the buying discounts and online store program with Cooking.com, but also for the networking with peers.
While a member of both the Ace Hardware buying group and the Gourmet Catalog buying
group, Scott Lundy, Brinton's housewares buyer, is in charge of stocking a 3,000-square-foot section of housewares, and that doesn't count a cleaning and storage section of 2,000 square feet.
The bean counters at Abacus recently released the "Consumer Catalog Buying
Trend Report" comparing catalog-shopping habits from May 1998 to May 1999 to those from May 1999 to May 2000:
Abacus Alliance is Abacus Direct's proprietary database of consumer and business-to-business catalog buying
Gourmet Retailers: Dominic Cimilluca, Dominic's Kitchen Store; Laura Havlek, Sign of the Bear Kitchenware; Doug Huemoeller, Kitchen Window; Janis Johnson, Gourmet Catalog Buying
Group; KC Lapiana, In The Kitchen; Mary Moore, The Cook's Warehouse; and Lawrence Oates, KitchenArt.