Dell Expands Beyond Direct with Wal-Mart Deal  May 25, 2007 6:36 PM By Jim Tierney

In a company memo last month, Dell founder/CEO Michael Dell referred to the company

Neeps Sold to Doctors Foster and Smith  May 02, 2007 2:23 AM By Jim Tierney

Pet supplies cataloger Doctors Foster and Smith is acquiring pet products Web merchant Neeps for an undisclosed price.

Brave New Catalogers: The Birth of Baby Dagny  May 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Melissa Dowling

Having a child changes your life in many ways, but for Andrea McGinty, impending motherhood inspired her to give birth to a new business. When she was pregnant with her first child and surfing the Web for baby products, she discovered that there weren’t many unique items. What’s more, the goods that did interest her were from overseas companies. So she decided to start importing baby merchandise and selling it online and, eventually, by catalog.

Financial Update: Bottom Line, a Mixed Fourth Quarter  May 01, 2007 9:30 PM By Jim Tierney

For the 11 publicly traded business-to-consumer merchants tracked by Multichannel Merchant, fourth-quarter results were mixed. Sales rose for all but two of the companies. But five of the 11 suffered bottom-line erosion.

Epicenter Collection Will Finally See Some Action  Apr 28, 2007 3:04 AM By Tim Parry

Epicenter Collection, a concept that offers retail mall space to traditional catalogers, last year experienced a failure to launch.

Neiman Marcus on IPO Rumors: “No Comment”  Apr 18, 2007 8:45 PM By Jim Tierney

Eighteen months ago, an investor group led by Texas Pacific Group and Warburg Pincus took luxury goods merchant Neiman Marcus Group private in a $5.1 billion deal. Now rumors are circulating that the luxury merchant may be preparing to file for an initial public offering

Swedish Firm to Buy Cutter & Buck  Apr 16, 2007 6:55 PM By MCM staff

Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? Officials for Seattle-based sportswear manufacturer/marketer Cutter & Buck announced on April 13 that the company has agreed to be acquired by Stockholm-based New Wave Group

Revival Animal Health Buys Great Companions  Apr 12, 2007 3:15 AM By MCM staff

Pet supplies cataloger Revival Animal Health is expanding its presence in the bird market. It acquired Great Companions

Retailers “Extremely Concerned” About In-Store Experience  Apr 12, 2007 12:55 AM By Jim Tierney

Customers have never been more satisfied with the goods and services they buy, according to a study by Retail Systems Alert Group. Nonetheless, the retailers recently surveyed were

Federated Invests $100 Million in Direct Businesses  Apr 05, 2007 12:05 AM By Mark Del Franco

Five years after dumping its Fingerhut stable of catalogs and Websites, Federated Department Stores is once again embracing the direct channel in a big way. Want proof?

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