Mark Del Franco

Orchard Brands Buys Two More Books

| Mark Del Franco

In its quest to become the one-stop destination for consumers age 55+, Orchard Brands on Sept. 14 acquired gifts book Gold Violin and undergarments title WinterSilks. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Delivering on a promise

| Mark Del Franco

Eric Lituchy runs a lean operation. His online gift firm, Delightful Deliveries, drop ships all of its orders. And this allows it to add product lines like gourmet-baked goods without making costly inventory commitments.

Ballard Designs opens store

| Mark Del Franco

To celebrate its silver anniversary, Ballard Designs is headed to the mall. The home decor, gifts, and garden accessories cataloger this week opens its first store, in the Tampa, FL-based International Plaza.

Shoes spin-off for Schnee’s

| Mark Del Franco

Nestled in the American Rockies, hunting products retailer Schnee’s is a Montana landmark that’s had a catalog for nearly 20 years. The multichannel merchant is setting off on a new path with its spin-off title Shoes for Life.

Home Depot Supply Deal Done–Finally

| Mark Del Franco

If you need further proof that the dismal housing market is hurting the catalog/retail industry, Home Depot this week finally sold its business-to-business division to three private equity firms