End of an era as Argos stops printing its catalogue after almost 50 years

At its height, the Argos catalogue was Europe’s most widely printed publication.

Argos is to stop publishing its catalogue after almost 50 years.

The bi-annual catalogue – affectionately known as the ‘book of dreams’ to many – launched in 1973, with more than 1 billion copies having been printed. At its height, it was Europe’s most widely printed publication, with only the Bible in more homes across the UK.

It acted as a key marketing tool for toy companies, which would use it to highlight major launches for spring/summer and autumn/winter, also affording exclusive launch windows for a number of big name lines.

However, with consumers’ online shopping habits having been further accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the retailer has taken the decision to cease publication of the catalogue.

Over the last decade the number of printed copies of each edition has dropped from about 10 million to about 3 million. The most recent one, printed in January before the pandemic hit, ran to 3.9m, reported The Guardian.

However, Argos will continue to print its Christmas Gift Guide which will still be available in all stores this year.

“Over the decades the Argos catalogue has charted the nation’s changing tastes and trends in everything from must-have toys to the latest gadgets and devices,” said Mark Given, chief marketing officer at Sainsbury’s. “Just as our customers’ tastes have changed over the years, so have their shopping habits. We are seeing an increasing shift towards digital shopping, using our mobile app, website and in-store browsers.

“Closing the book on the catalogue will help us focus on delivering exciting and inspiring digital shopping experiences to meet the changing needs of our customers.”

MORE NEWS
gfk500
 
Client insight manager Marco Salerno reveals how Covid-19 has affected the baby care market so far....
TFlogonodate500x500
 
Decision taken due to government restrictions now in place on large scale indoor events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic....
ppsawards500
 
The finalists in this year’s Best Wheeled Goods/Car Seat Range shortlist to find out what the awards mean to them....
WelliesandJeans500x500
 
Parents Insights looks at interactions between families and playtime activities in and out of the household environment....
ELCBullring500x500
 
Guarantee has launched online and in every The Entertainer store until December 24....
PPMovielogo500x500
 
21 UK partnerships confirmed ahead of movie release in August 2021....
Get the latest news sent to your inbox
Subscribe to our daily newsletter