May 5, 2005




J. Crew Mum on Potential IPO

Though “The Wall Street Journal” reported this week that New York-based cataloger/retailer J. Crew might file for an initial public offering (IPO) later this year, the company is staying silent.
J. Crew will not comment on rumor or speculation, …

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May 3, 2005




Neiman Marcus Agrees to Sale; Two Investment Firms to Pay $5.1 Billion

Dallas-based cataloger/retailer The Neiman Marcus Group (NYSE: NMG.A) on May 2 agreed to be acquired by Texas Pacific Group and c for $100 per share in cash, or $5.1 billion. Texas Pacific and Warburg Pincus will own an equal stake in …

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May 1, 2005




Paragon Gifts sold

Another day, another acquisition: Private equity firm Reliant Equity Investors in March bought Westerly, RI-based Paragon Gifts Holdings, parent of gifts titles The Paragon and Bits and Pieces, from a group of private investors that included principal shareholders of New …

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April 23, 2005




Heirs Put Tog Shop, A.B. Lambdin Up for Sale

The heirs of Tog Shop founder Emory Rylander, who started the catalog in 1950, have put the family business up for sale. And according to Carl Tott, president of the Americus, GA-based cataloger/retailer, a party is already working on an …

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April 22, 2005




1-800-Flowers.com Reports a Loss

Due to increased operating expenses and lower gross profit margin, Westbury, NY-based flowers and gifts marketer 1-800-Flowers.com (NASDAQ:FLWS) posted a net loss at $2.0 million for the quarter ended March 27, compared with net income of $1.9 million last year.

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April 1, 2005




The SPIN DOCTORS

TODAY’S CONSUMER is beset with uncounted retail choices, many of them unpleasant. For the curmudgeonly shopper, namely me, significant acquisitions are frequently characterized by two predominant characteristics, conflict and remorse. The struggle begins with weaving my way through inescapable traffic, …

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April 1, 2005




PAYMENT [ processing ] IN FULL

Online jewelry merchant Ice.com’s wares include $1,300 diamond pendants, $3,000 engagement rings, and $4,000 pearl necklaces. Not surprisingly the company is a tempting target for credit-card thieves, says CEO Shmuel Gniwisch. A thief could use a fraudulent account number to buy, for …

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In Order Mgmt, Shipping/Delivery

April 1, 2005




Cable Access

Will “The Garnet Hill Hour” be sandwiched between “Rug Gallery” and “Gold Wardrobing” on cable-TV shopping network HSN’s prime-time schedule? Perhaps, once IAC/Interactive Corp.’s acquisition of multititle mailer Cornerstone Brands is finalized.
IAC, which is perhaps best known …

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March 29, 2005




Paragon Gifts Sold

Private equity firm Reliant Equity Investors has acquired Westerly, RI-based The Paragon Gifts Holdings, parent of gifts titles The Paragon and Bits and Pieces, from a group of private investors, including principal shareholders of New York-based Wand Partners. Reliant formed …

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November 1, 2001




Getting ‘Em Back via E-mail

In light of the economy, numerous catalogers are scaling back on their prospecting to focus more heavily on customer reactivation. And in light of rising distribution costs — namely postal rates — many marketers are turning to e-mail as a reactivation tool.
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