April 19, 2012 |
Five Below Inc., the Center City-based chain of 192 kid-oriented dollar stores in 16 Eastern and Midwestern states, has hired Goldman Sachs and other brokers to lure investors for a $150 million initial public stock offering. The chain, founded in 2003 by former Zany Brainy toy-store owners David Schlessinger and Tom Vellios, has grown quickly, especially since investors led by Advent International Corp. of Boston pumped in $194 million in 2010. Five Below more than doubled its sales of cheap sports gear, snacks, party goods, and other middle-school accessories to $297 million in the year ended Jan. 11, from $125 million two years earlier, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
March 21, 2012
As Amazon.com killed Borders, crippled Best Buy, and started trimming even Walmart, at least the online retail giant was also hiring thousands of low-wage workers and contract laborers for the warehouses it has been raising in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and a few other states. But Amazon's announcement Monday that it was buying industrial robot-maker Kiva Systems Inc. for $775 million could leave you wondering if retail was going to be completely taken over by machines. Pennsylvania - America's warehouse - is home to one of Amazon's "order fulfillment" clusters, with five locations in the Allentown-to-Carlisle corridor on the Interstate freeways that bypass I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
October 26, 2011 |
Alphabuyer Inc., a year-old Paoli e-commerce company that enlists customers for "group buying for your bills," probably could have picked something a little sexier to start with than the humble electric bill. But since launching last year with discount offers for Peco Energy Co. electricity customers, the group-buying service has expanded into three other states, including New Jersey, and other commodities, such as natural gas. Cofounder Kevin Johnson imagines that eventually every savvy, penny-pinching customer will go through Alphabuyer to join groups to buy products and services ranging from discounted Internet and cellphone service to gasoline, heating oil, or antivirus-software subscriptions.
September 11, 2011 |
In this punk U.S. economy, familiar places keep vanishing. Our neighborhood Borders , one of my cable-TV-deprived kids' favorite hangouts, shuts this week. The old Circuit City across the road, where we got our first mobile phones and our first factory-boxed PC, is empty again, after another electronics chain found that it couldn't make money there, either. Let 'em go, said Michael G. Rubin , who last spring sold the online-retail contractor and warehouse company he built and ran, King of Prussia-based GSI Commerce Inc., to eBay Inc. for $2.5 billion.
June 14, 2011
In the Region Saul Ewing to merge with Boston firm Saul Ewing L.L.P. , of Center City, said it planned to merge with the Boston real estate and business law firm Dionne & Gass L.L.P. , effective July 1. The merger will bring seven new lawyers to Saul Ewing, five as partners, one as special counsel, and another as an associate, and expand Saul Ewing's East Coast presence with its first office in Boston. The combined law firm will retain the Saul Ewing name and have 235 lawyers.
May 9, 2011 |
King of Prussia-based GSI Commerce Inc., which runs websites for retailers such as Toys R Us and Bath & Body Works, said Monday that the 40-day period in which it could seek third-party offers to eBay Inc.'s $2.4 billion bid has ended. EBay, which runs its namesake site where users buy and sell items through auctions and fixed-price "Buy it Now" formats as well as online payments service PayPal, announced its acquisition offer in March. GSI said it did not receive any alternative proposals before the "go-shop" period ended on Friday.
April 5, 2011 |
For the second time in a decade, Michael G. Rubin is selling the business he heads - and keeping some of it, too. Online-auction manager eBay has big plans for its latest proposed Philadelphia-area acquisition, GSI Commerce , which employs approximately 1,000 workers at its King of Prussia headquarters and thousands more at warehouses across North America. But Rubin isn't just selling his company, the publicly traded GSI. He's also buying back the parts he wants, with eBay's blessing, plus eBay financing for further expansion.
March 29, 2011 |
Michael Rubin's mom didn't like the idea of her 12-year-old son starting a ski shop, so he did what most savvy kids do - played his parents against each other. "I went to my father, who said he would be supportive as long as I did well in school," Rubin said in a 2008 interview. Wonder what the family is thinking now that Rubin, 37, a Villanova University dropout, stands to earn a cool $126.1 million when eBay Inc. closes its $2.4 billion deal for GSI Commerce Inc. That's the King of Prussia company Rubin grew from his ski-store business.