News roundup—20th August 2008

News roundup—20th August 2008

UK consumers spent 11.3 per cent more online in July than they
had in June, according to the latest report from IMRG/Capgemini.
Month-on-month online apparel sales climbed 22.8 per cent, while
sales of electrical items rose 7.5 per cent. All told, UK
consumers spent more than £4.8 billion online last month.

The Guardian looks at eBay’s
efforts-including a new pricing structure for sellers of
fixed-price items-to “transform the business from global
car boot sale to worldwide shopping mall”.

Congratulations, Slingsby: The industrial supplies
cataloguer was recognized by the Better Business Environment
Forum for reducing the amount of waste it sends to landfills by
more than 50 per cent. (For more on Slingsby’s environmental
efforts, see issue 155 of Catalogue/e-business for an
interview with managing director Dominic Slingsby.)

Okay, it’s not news. But US blog Jezebel has a post examining some of the
most notable pages of a 1986 edition of the International
Male catalogue, which sells apparel of questionable appeal
to men of questionable taste. And it points up a downside of
print catalogues: All your questionable choices regarding
merchandise, copy, creative and everything else can never be
completely forgotten.


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