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Orchard Brands Buys Two More Books  Sep 15, 2007 1:42 AM By 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.

Boden Hits the Newspapers  Sep 13, 2007 3:13 AM By Mark Del Franco

With a $220 average order, U.K.-based apparel cataloger Boden attracts a well-heeled customer

Boden to Open American DC  Sep 12, 2007 9:08 PM By Mark Del Franco

Apparel cataloger Boden will open a 60,000 sq.-ft. distribution center/call center in Scranton, PA, in January

Delivering on a promise  Sep 01, 2007 9:30 PM By 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.

Sheplers sold to investor group  Sep 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

Private equity player Gryphon Investors, working with Growth Ventures Group, has acquired $125 million-plus western wear merchant Sheplers.

Shoes spin-off for Schnee’s  Sep 01, 2007 9:30 PM By 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.

Ballard Designs opens store  Sep 01, 2007 9:30 PM By 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.

From Fido and Fluffy to frogs and ferets  Sep 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Mark Del Franco

According to New York-based media brokerage firm ParadyszMatera, the pet supplies market list segment has increased during the past two years.

Home Depot Supply Deal Done–Finally  Aug 29, 2007 4:04 AM By 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

Avoiding Dead Air  Aug 28, 2007 8:49 PM By Mark Del Franco

As in broadcasting, silence, or dead air, is not golden on the telephone line. In fact, it’s anything but. And it can wreak havoc in your contact center, especially among newer customer service representatives.

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