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Fall Circ, Post-Postal Rate Hike  Nov 02, 2007 9:09 PM By Mark Del Franco

The May postal rate hike, coupled with an increase in paper costs, affected no two catalogers the same way. However, it did cause many to trim fall circulation numbers. Click here for first-hand stories from computer cataloger Computer Gear and automorive book Griot’s Garage.

Conney Safety sold  Nov 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Nine years after buying the business, K+K America sold Conney Safety Products to private equity firm Caxton-Iseman Capital for $48 million.

Mixed apparel: a gender bender  Nov 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Not quite sure what mixed gender means? The term describes merchants who sell apparel for both men and women, everything from sportswear to business apparel.

FAO Schwarz in store for Chicago’s Macy’s  Nov 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Upscale toy merchant FAO Schwarz is easing into retail expansion this month by opening a store-within-a-store in Macys’ downtown Chicago location.

Is this New Delhi?  Nov 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Haband is doing it. So are Home Decorators Collection and Creative Irish Gifts. Dell’s still at it

Equity firm buys Caswell-Massey  Nov 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Caswell-Massey, a multichannel marketer of luxury personal grooming products, has changed hands again. Private equity firm The Equitium Group on Sept. 21 acquired the cataloger/retailer/wholesaler.

Eye on Offshore Call Center Outsourcing  Oct 30, 2007 8:07 PM By Mark Del Franco

The worldwide market for customer service outsourcing hit $12.2 billion in 2007, compared with $8.4 billion in 2004, according to Gartner Research.

The main reason it

Etoys Direct and BabyUniverse Finally Merge  Oct 17, 2007 2:07 AM By Mark Del Franco

In a deal that

FAO Schwarz in Store for Chicago Macy’s  Oct 12, 2007 3:35 AM By Mark Del Franco

Although FAO Schwarz closed down most of its stores five years ago, the upscale toy retailer is easing back into retail.

Conney Safety Products Sold  Oct 03, 2007 2:53 AM By Mark Del Franco

Nine years after buying the business, K+K America sold Conney Safety Products to private equity firm Caxton-Iseman Capital for $48 million. GMAC Commercial Finance and BlackRock Kelso Capital Corp. provided financing for the transaction announced Oct. 2.

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