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mail order

a DIRECT MARKETING means of retailing products to consumers through the post. Mail order firms supply catalogues to prospective customers who either themselves or through agents make purchases for delivery to their homes. Mail order concerns typically combine wholesaling (stocking large quantities of products and breaking bulk) and retailing functions, supplying customers from a central warehouse. Such firms compete mainly by offering customers convenience (i.e. home shopping) and by the provision of INSTALMENT CREDIT facilities on purchases. Mail order methods may also be used to sell industrial products. See RETAILER, WHOLESALER, DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL.

mail order

a form of WHOLESALER/ RETAILER operation that is involved in the sale of products to consumers through the post. The mail order firm appoints agents whose task it is to canvas potential customers. Customers are supplied with a catalogue from which they make purchases directly through the post, by telephone or through their agent. See DIRECT SELLING/MARKETING.
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Because a number of members of Congress expressed concern about whether the Tricare mail-order program was providing prescription drugs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the DoD conducted an audit, which included seeking the answers to some specific questions: Is higher utilization of mail order resulting in waste and increased health care costs?
This new proposed mail-order pharmacy call centre will bring more than 620 new jobs to the area over the next three years.
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In the early 90s, after the Soviet Union collapsed and the Iron Curtain had been raised, there opened a new mail-order bride business opportunity.
They had been highly successful for decades in the mail-order business.
While the realities of retail require community pharmacists to divide their attention between both sides of the counter, mail-order pharmacists have more time to concentrate on pharmacy by itself.
The ITFA prevents North Dakota from requiring K to collect sales tax on the sale of clothing ordered over the Internet, because it cannot impose the tax on K's mail-order sales.
With mail-order, you have no idea who they're shipping to.
Growing retail concern prompted the Video Software Dealers Association's advisory committee to address the mail-order issue at an April meeting.
Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue,(11) a tax tribunal held that mail-order sales by Time's Time-Life Books Division were properly taxable because Time operated an unrelated news bureau in Massachusetts and also employed individuals in Massachusetts to solicit advertising for some of its publications.