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In the late 1800s Richard W Sears a railroad clerk in North Redmond Minnesota acquired an abandoned case of pocket watches Using his list of other railroad clerks throughout the Midwest he marketed his watches with great success Sears recognized immediately that an entrepreneur with a list of accurate names and addresses and a stock of quality merchandise no longer needed a store He only needed a good message delivery vehicle and first-rate customer service That marked one of the first and most successful direct marketing stories of all time Sears Roebuck The business grew to be the largest direct mail order company in the world In 1931 its retail store sales surpassed mail order sales And many more mail order business success stories followed In fact because distances between suppliers and consumers throughout the newly forming territories were so vast and the increasing variety of merchandise being produced was in such demand mail order opportunities seemed endless A robust network of railroads connected countless small towns and cities many without stores And each community no matter how small was served by the US Postal Service a system established by the farsighted authors of the Constitution of the United States in 1787 to help knit the young nation together Today the US boasts a 15 trillion market for direct marketers This is without a doubt the largest and richest single market in the world and growing at an unprecedented 86 per year With over 10000 different catalogs alone being mailed in the US there is a niche for every player and every project and service ECMgtcom 1 Technology and innovation have improved but the principles fostered by Sears have remained intact Direct-mail Marketing Though the tried and true principles have remained the same direct mail has improved exponentially in appearance and the way in which data is collected over these past years through vast technological advances Direct mail is
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