• Gander Mountain: Twelve years since it last mailed a catalog, this hunting, fishing, outdoor apparel, and lifestyle products and services marketer has returned to the catalog industry. In late April, Gander mailed a 324-page catalog from its Overton’s subsidiary containing products from Overton’s, Gander Mountain and others to more than 2 million customers. Plans call for catalogs carrying exclusively Gander Mountain products to be mailed later this year. The company also expects to convert its informational Web site into a transactional one later this year.
• Dell: The personal computer marketer continued its recent cost-cutting initiative by laying off 250 workers in Ireland less than a week after shuttering an Ottawa call center that affected 1,100 employees. These layoffs come on the heels of the company’s decision to close a plant at its Austin, Texas headquarters, eliminating 900 jobs. The overall plan calls for the elimination of 8,800 jobs worldwide, saving the company $3 billion in costs annually.
• Bare Necessities: This online retailer of brand name, intimate apparel has launched its first-ever catalog, a 32-page book showcasing its assorted intimate brands. The catalog was produced by Haggin Marketing.
• The Sharper Image: The iconic electronics and specialty products cataloger/retailer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, has put itself up for sale. At press time, the company aimed to complete the sale process and seek approval of the sale by the bankruptcy
• Henry Schein: The dental and medical products distributor has acquired Minerva Dental Ltd., a supplier of dental consumables and equipment in the U.K. Minerva, with revenue of approximately $40 million last year, offers more than 25,000 SKUs from major manufacturers and provides design services, equipment servicing as well as handpiece repairs.
• Red Envelope: The multichannel gifts marketer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has agreed to be acquired by Creative Catalogs Co. — parent company of the Personal Creations catalog — for approximately $5.7 million.