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    Visual Merchandising: Before & After

    On a visit to Zupan's gift and floral shop in Portland, OR, visual merchandising expert Linda Cahan discovered a store with lovely displays. Store manager, Mary Wadman and general merchandise manager, Laura Kay, suggested she come back as they were planning a floor move. Upon multiple return visits, Cahan found that just a few tweaks made the store look fresh and new.

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    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    September 30, 2015

    In Praise of Part-Timers

    In a recent interview in an article by Randy Tucker about the benefits of working part-time, AJ Ferguson of the nonprofit UpDayton said that working less than full time allows him to “play in some other sandboxes.”  I love that image, because it can be used to describe almost any other activity—school, parenting, working full-time in another field, volunteering or creating in the arts. Many retail employees are part-time not because they can’t get full-time employment, but because it fits their lifestyle. We’ve had graduate students, puppeteers and even off-season farmers work in our store a few ...

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    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    September 23, 2015

    What’s the Buzz?

    We noticed the inviting “Buzz Point” sign at a downtown Madison retailer while Christmas shopping last December, and made a note to find out more about this program. We discovered that in our community, Buzz Points is offered by locally owned Park Bank . It serves as a way for the bank to promote the use of its debit/credit card while encouraging the “buy local” mentality. As the Buzz Points blog says, this is where “bank local” and “buy local” intersect. Buzz Points are earned whenever the card is used, however purchases at locally owned businesses garner four times as ...

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  • Steve Doyal

    In The Cards

    Steve Doyal

    September 23, 2015

    Bricks, Clicks and Cards

    I often hear speculation about how the digital revolution is changing the greeting card industry. It is. But not in the way you might think. Digital cards are not grabbing share from traditional paper cards. They are, instead, expanding the circle of emotional connections people maintain. The greeting card category is healthy, with new publishers entering the industry every year. And perhaps because of social media, exchanging greeting cards for life’s important occasions is even more relevant and meaningful today than ever before. Sure, people use social media to acknowledge the birthdays of a wide circle of acquaintances. I ...

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Wrapped Summer Markets

Wrapped summer 2015

Missed something at summer markets? GDA Editors have you covered.  Retailer insights, award galas, product's all here in Wrapped! Click here to read.

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    World Market Center Introduces Gourmet and Housewares Floor

    Las Vegas Market opened C11 as a Gourmet and Housewares floor this market, adding a new layer of resources for buyers. Gifts and Decorative Accessories caught up with Dorothy Belshaw, president, Gift + Home for the Market, and Paul Johnson, owner of The Kitchen Source showroom, to talk about the launch and it's benefits to retailers. (Videos sponsored By International Market Centers.)

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