Bag it: Plain brown shopping bags were introduced in the...

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November 17, 1996

Bag it: Plain brown shopping bags were introduced in the 1930s, says manufacturer Continental Extrusion, but not until the 1970s did retailers and manufacturers start using eye-catching bags as a way to advertise themselves, following a trend started by Marvin Traub, at the time the head of Bloomingdale's. One of the newest trends is a thick, translucent bag that is very popular with store security people.

No stocking stuffers: Income Opportunities magazine reports that 54 percent of 200 small-business owners it polled don't plan to send holiday gifts to clients and customers. Forty-five percent said they would give gifts. The magazine said only 30 percent of the companies that do give gifts believe the holiday season helps to drive sales.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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