August 9, 2004




FedEx to Acquire Consolidator Parcel Direct

In a deal that will give Federal Express 80 more catalog parcel shipping customers and the opportunity to one-up rival United Parcel Service in the residential ground delivery market, FedEx on Aug. 9 agreed to acquire small package consolidator Parcel Direct from …

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May 17, 2004




Deluxe to Acquire NEBS

(Direct Newsline)Deluxe Corp. will acquire cataloger New England Business Service (NEBS) for about $587 million. St. Paul, MN-based Deluxe expects this acquisition to save the company $25 million a year, beginning in 2005, through eliminating redundancies and boosting productivity.
Deluxe spokesperson Stu …

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April 20, 2004




Patterson Dental to Acquire Medco Supply Co.

Multititle dental, veterinary, and rehabilitation products cataloger Patterson Dental Co. on April 19 agreed to acquire Medco Supply Co., a $40 million multititle cataloger of sports medicine, first aid supplies, and podiatry products in an all-cash transaction expected to close in early …

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February 5, 2006




Redcats USA Looking to Acquire More Titles

Although its U.S. spokespeople declined comment, Paris-based retailer Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR) is said to be interested in adding to its line of catalogs for its Redcats USA division.
Redcats USA has 10 catalog titles, including apparel books Chadwick’s of Boston and …

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December 21, 2005




Multichannel Retailers Acquire, Divest at Brisk Pace

Now that multichannel retailing is well established, merger and acquisition activity is picking up markedly in the sector. According to Petsky Prunier LLC, an investment bank specializing in direct marketing deals, for the first nine months of 2005, M&As among …

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November 13, 2005




PFSweb to Acquire eCost.com

Plano, TX-based PFSweb hopes to go beyond offering e-commerce solutions for online merchants to becoming an online merchant: It has agreed to buy online discount retailer eCost.com in a stock transaction valued at more than $29 million, pending shareholder approval.

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October 7, 2005




R.R. Donnelley to Acquire Spencer Press

Chicago-based printing and delivery services provider R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wells, ME-based printer Spencer Press. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. In addition to catalogs, Spencer Press prints …

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March 22, 2002




Reader’s Digest to acquire Reiman Publications, catalog

Reader’s Digest Association, which in addition to its magazines, books, and direct marketing businesses operates the Good Catalog, Good Finds, and Gifts.com catalogs, announced on March 22 that it had agreed to buy Greendale, WI-based publisher/cataloger
Reiman Publicationsfor $760 …

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August 1, 2005




Gaiam to acquire Good Times Entertainment

A day after Good Times Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in the Southern District of New York on July 11, $96.7 million Broomfield, CO-based manufacturer/marketer Gaiam signed a definitive agreement to acquire the New York-based video and DVD company for $40 …

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April 17, 2005




Trio of Buyers to Acquire Brookstone

Merrimack, NH-based gadgets and gifts cataloger/retailer Brookstone, which mails the Gardener’s Eden, Hard-to-Find Tools, and Brookstone catalogs, announced on April 15 that it has signed a definitive agreement to be sold.
Buying the $499 million company is a consortium consisting …

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