The longstanding channel of direct mail is still the foundation for marketing campaigns and it compliments digital efforts as a sales medium, building a brand, acquiring leads and strengthening existing relationships. J.C. Penney recently brought back its catalog after stopping it 5 years ago. Why? They found that online sales came from shoppers inspired by what they saw in print. While shoppers are increasingly buying clothing, home goods and automobiles online, many sales are actually from catalog shoppers using the website to place their orders.