January 25th, 2011


A Penney Saved...

Alas Poor Catalog, I Knew Ye Well...

NPR reported this morning that J.C. Penney was ending their mail order catalog business. Interesting that they said they started it only in the 1960s (1963), unlike the Sears and Montgomery Wards catalogs which were much older.

When we lived in the U.P for 7½ years in the late 80s and early 90s -- in a time before the commercialization of the Internet, if you can remember such dark times -- we ended up doing quite a lot of mail order catalog sales. When we moved down to West Michigan, there were major Penney stores anchoring the local malls.

Of course the Internet has changed sales and I'm sure it was just a matter of time before the J.C. Penney catalog was going to become redundant or irrelevant. Not like there was a lot of choice -- Penney's is a business and has to make appropriate business decisions.

Those Pesky Local Connections

Of course one of the reasons why I'm bothering to post about this is the realization that the local Kentwood MI call center will close, eliminating 370 jobs. Many had worked there for decades. Not just the manufacturing jobs close in this economy -- something all those people touting service jobs and Internet call centers should keep in mind.

Dr. Phil