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  • Gifts and Decorative Accessories presents another 25 gifted retailers, who are each in their own way representative of a typical and successful gift retailer. We always seek a range of diversity in selecting our gifted retailers—and this year is no different—because we know that in the universe of gift retailing there is no one-size-fits-all model; every gift store is as different and individual as its owner.
  • NEW YORK—Textile design brand Chilewich has opened its first retail store.
  • Waggo Home’s Watercolor Trays feature a wooden motif in happy hues.
  • PITTSBURGH, PA – SnapRetail’s founder and chief executive officer, Ted Teele, and chief operations officer, Suzy Teele, have stepped down from their positions, effective immediately. Tara Ronel will serve as the company’s interim CEO.
  • Villeroy & Boch’s NewWave Caffè series continues to be a favorite. The latest collection, Animals of the World features four varieties of birds.
  • NASHVILLE, TN—The Gift Sales Manager Association (GSMA) has elected new board members at its annual meeting in November.
  • SAN FRANCISCO - Representatives from major U.S. manufacturing and shipping trade groups met with White House officials this week to ask for a federal negotiator to intervene in a months-long labor dispute that has slowed West Coast ports ahead of the holiday season.
  • The Susanna collection is named for Vietri’s founder Susan. The line features hand-painted, winding vines of flowers and leaves inspired by paintings found in traditional Italian villas.
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2015 Gift Book

Gift BookThe Gift Book 2015 presents a close look at some 50 important product categories — including several new ones — in the gift, toy and decorative accessories industry. This compendium of market trend information should be a valuable business resource for retailers and other industry leaders.

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    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    November 19, 2014

    Come to Mama: Shaikoo Hands Free Baby Towel

    When my girls were babies, tub time was awesome: the squeaky toys, the sweet-smelling soap, and of course, all those bubbles. It was a blast…until, of course, it was time to get out. It wasn’t that my girls protested too much, but rather that I couldn’t quite get a handle on them (literally). Even more challenging was trying to open up a big bath towel and then transfer them out of the bath. I either had to lay them down on the floor (ouch!) or gamble with an unsafe spot (on top of the clothes hamper? No ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    November 18, 2014

    Twofer Trouble

    Imagine that you are a traveler looking to buy a neck pillow for your overseas flight. The airport shop has a nice selection (even for those who don’t find a monkey quite their style). And they’re only $10 each! But no — if you only need one, which for most of us is the case, you’ll pay $15. Will you feel cheated? Probably. That’s the problem with this kind of “two for” pricing. Unless you are selling something that most people can use several of, you are likely to have customers buying just one and either feeling ...

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  • Pamela Brill

    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    November 12, 2014

    Hamming it Up for Turkey Day: Gollywood Here I Come!

    Kids’ books are one of my most favorite things, especially this time of year as the holidays approach. But while there seem to be no shortage of great Christmas books, our stash of Thanksgiving titles always appears to be lacking. I think we’ve stumbled upon a new one worth adding to our library. Gollywood, Here I Come! is a spirited read that will tickle your funny bone and captivate even the most fidgety listener. It stars a young turkey starlet, Anamazie, who aspires to leave her small town and someday walk the famous red carpet. Her dreams are nearly ...

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