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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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* On-time delivery is priority for mail-order pharmacies: Among mail-order pharmacies, the key driver of overall customer satisfaction is having a prescription ready/delivered when promised.
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These recurring outbreaks highlight the need for comprehensive Salmonella prevention and control programs to be implemented and maintained at this mail-order hatchery and its associated breeder farms.
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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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Aaron Montgomery Ward established the first of the modern mail-order houses in 1872 in Chicago.