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MSC Industrial Direct 4Q Sales Rise 6.1%  Oct 30, 2013 9:38 PM By Tim Parry

MSC Industrial Direct’s net sales for the fourth quarter were aided by the recently acquired Barnes Distribution North America, business contributed approximately $73.6 million its figures.

Blyth Confirms Unsolicited Conditional Proposal From CVSL  Oct 30, 2013 7:29 PM By Tim Parry

Blyth confirmed that it has received an unsolicited proposal from CVSL, Inc. to acquire, subject to conditions, all of the public common shares of Blyth for approximately $269 million payable in CVSL shares or cash.

Boo: AdGooroo Unmasks Halloween Paid Search  Oct 30, 2013 10:41 AM By Tim Parry

Digital marketing firm AdGooroo did a post on its blog Monday to highlight the top Halloween paid search advertisers (based on AdWords impressions), as well as the top Halloween keywords (also based on AdWords impressions), between September 2012 and September 2013. The “Miley Cyrus Twerking” costume did not make the cut.

Systemax’s 3Q B2C Sales Fall 17.5%  Oct 29, 2013 7:02 PM By Tim Parry

Systemax today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2013.

Report Suggests Customer Experience May Trump Free Shipping  Oct 29, 2013 4:20 PM By Tim Parry

An overwhelming majority of holiday shoppers will respond to retailers’ promotions offering free shipping, and they will ultimately shop with the retailer who can guarantee an on-time delivery date and/or the best shopping experience.

[Infographic] Winning with Customer Service  Oct 29, 2013 2:53 PM By Tim Parry

Merchants Need to Keep Calm and Carry On  Oct 29, 2013 2:37 PM By Tim Parry

It’s always something. Just when direct-to-customer merchants think they have a handle on their profit margins, something comes along to throw it into frenzy.

Sears May Spin Lands’ End Off  Oct 29, 2013 7:20 AM By Tim Parry

The company said that separating Lands’ End and Sears Auto Center would allow them to pursue their own strategic opportunities, optimize their capital structures, attract talent, and allocate capital in a more focused manner while bringing the business unit structure to life outside of the Sears Holdings portfolio.

Ingram Micro Acquires Shipwire  Oct 28, 2013 7:22 PM By Tim Parry

Ingram Micro announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will acquire global fulfillment service provider Shipwire. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

UPS Expects Cyber Monday Pick-up Volume to Rise 10%  Oct 28, 2013 2:32 PM By Tim Parry

UPS said it expects pick-up volume on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, to eclipse 32 million packages globally, an increase of 10%.

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