Is what's good for the goose good for the gander?
In a recent Multichannel Merchant article Jim Coogan outlined a variety of reasons why firms that started online have been slow to adapt catalogs as a vehicle. The reasons:
1. Lack of requisite skills.
2. The relatively high (at least perceived) variable costs associated with printing.
3. Certain categories aren't appropriate for catalogs from either a product assortment or target perspective.
While online is good for catalogers, it isn't necessarily true in reverse. The two may be complementary: acquisition vs. repeat.