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  • WASHINGTON - The National Retail Federation (NRF) has formed the Small Business Retail Council to help organize, recruit and engage Main Street merchants and independent community retailers in grassroots advocacy activities.
  • NEW ORLEANS — Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré will be the keynote speaker at Progressive Business Media's upcoming Future Leadership conference, Sept. 10-11.
  • LAS VEGAS—Phase three of Las Vegas Market’s strategic growth plan has been revealed and will be implemented at the Summer 2015 Market, August 2-6, 2015.
  • The Bali Everyday Series of fragrances feature lush floral and fruit blends, inspired by the Indonesian island.
  • CHICAGO - Like Broadway troopers the show went on; the curtain went up on the Chicago Gift Market at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Although it wasn’t a full house – of showrooms or buyers – the audience (buyers) applauded and showed their appreciation by supporting the showrooms and exhibitors there by writing business.
  • LOS ANGELES – And so the West became One in LA… Los Angeles has long been a tri-venue gift market, but for a number of years there has been a lack of coordination and cooperation among some of the venues, causing discord in the marketplace and inconvenience for the buyers. No so anymore.
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  • GDA talks to Transpac and Ivystone

    Transpac, Ivystone Optimistic about Retail's Holiday Business Outlook

    GDA Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg interviews Laurie Gilner, president and CEO of Transpac Imports Inc., and Doug Cofiell, CEO of Ivystone Group, at the Las Vegas Market about current business conditions and retail's holiday outlook for the fourth quarter. (Our video reports are brought to you by International Market Centers.)

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Retailer Excellence Awards

REA Awards

63rd Annual Retailer Excellence Award Gala

August 17, 2014


Retailer Webinar Series

GDA Webinar

If you missed the chance to attend Gifts and Decorative Accessories' live webinar, "Merchandi$ing for $ucce$$," you can view a recorded version of the event. This session featured Liz White, owner of retailer Mason & Madison, and Casey Simmons, owner of retailer STUFF.  Both speakers discuss the best ways to grow and market your retail business.

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    July 29, 2014

    Bests Blogs

    A retailers time is always at a premium, which makes me very grateful that you are finding a few minutes to read this blog. But even in the 250 or so blog postings that I’ve written since starting six years ago, I can’t possible touch on the entire range of issues facing independent retailers today. So I’d like to share a few other blog sites with you. 1) The Retail Doctor by Bob Phibbs. Although his focus is not just on small retail, Phibbs writes lively short posts with ideas that often apply to stores of all ...

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  • Pamela Brill

    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    July 24, 2014

    Time to Go Play: Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch

    When my husband was a kid, he liked to watch “Inspector Gadget.” He may have thought the adventures alone were cool, but personally, I think he was mesmerized by his watch, which could do just about everything under the sun. If ever we thought those kind of gadgets were a long way off, well, let’s just the say that the future is now. VTech’s Kidizoom Smartwatch is probably the hardest-working timepiece we’ve ever seen. Ever the multitasker, this wristwatch boasts a miniature camera for taking photos and making videos, four games to play on the go, and ...

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  • Pamela Brill

    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    July 23, 2014

    A Present for the Little Prince: The Spunky Stork Romper of the Month Club

    Happy 1st Birthday, Prince George. Watching this royal cutie change and grow over the last 12 months has been a treat for all of here in the States. I personally love to see what he’s wearing, given how stylish and well put-together his beautiful mum is. But I can’t help but wonder: Once little George is back at home in the nursery and out of the public eye, just how dashing are his onesies? Most moms know how many of these babies go through in one day alone. Stocking up on this baby essential is not only necessary ...

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