August 7, 2012




Twit-bits: Best Buy’s Buyout Bid and NASA Comparison

Breaking: Best Buy’s founder and former chairman offers to buy the company for $24 to $26 a share. Shares rise 2… on.wsj.com/MinGt8 — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 6, 2012

Yesterday morning, Wall Street Journal announced founder Richard Schulze offered to take Best …

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In Ecommerce

July 31, 2012




Meet the 2012 MCM Awards Judges

Geoff Batrouney

Geoff is the executive vice president, of Estee Marketing Group, a company that specializes in List Management, List Brokerage, campaign/donor analyses, Insert Media Management and Brokerage covering all aspects of Direct-to-Consumer marketing.
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In Affiliate, Analytics

June 15, 2012




5 Low Cost Tips to Boost B-to-B Retention

Because of the high cost today of generating business-to-business leads and customers today, retention is critical. Even though it is critical, you know you cannot spend more than you can recover in ROI. How do you boost retention and achieve …

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In B2B

June 2, 2012




Ecommerce M&A Action is Vibrant and Focused

The mergers and acquisitions marketplace for ecommerce businesses is vibrant and active. As the segment matures, online retailers will reach larger scale and profitability levels will improve to levels normal for other businesses. As this maturation process continues, a larger …

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In Catalog, Ecommerce

May 31, 2012




Sycamore Partners Finally Strikes Deal with Talbots

Just when you thought The Talbots would be unable to attract a suitor, private equity firm Sycamore Partners finally struck a deal today to acquire the financially troubled women’s apparel merchant for $193.3 million, or $2.75 per share in cash.
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May 25, 2012




Sycamore Partners Walks Away From Talbots

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which had been involved in exclusive negotiations with financially troubled women’s apparel merchant The Talbots, said it’s not prepared to execute a deal at this time. The announcement came today after an exclusivity …

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May 24, 2012




Talbots Extends Agreement with Sycamore Partners by 48 Hours

For the second time in a week, financially troubled women’s apparel merchant The Talbots has extended its exclusivity agreement – this time by 48 hours — with private equity firm Sycamore Partners as both sides attempt to finalize a deal whereby …

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May 22, 2012




Ecommerce Transactions Dominate Mergers and Acquisitions

U.S. ecommerce sales grew 16.1% in 2011 – twice the rate of total retail sales, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ecommerce sales now represent 4.6% of total retail sales. As consumers become more comfortable purchasing products online – taking share from …

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In Catalog, Ecommerce

May 16, 2012




Talbots Extends Exclusivity Agreement with Sycamore Partners

Financially troubled women’s apparel merchant The Talbots has extended by one week its exclusivity agreement with private equity firm Sycamore Partners as both sides attempt to finalize a deal for Sycamore Partners to acquire Talbots’ outstanding stock.
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May 9, 2012




Sycamore Makes Bid for Talbots Again

After troubled women’s apparel merchant The Talbots rejected a bid from private equity firm Sycamore Partners in December, Sycamore has upped its offer from $3 a share to $3.05 per share to acquire outstanding stock of the company.
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