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  • NEW YORK – Things were a lot brighter at NY Now , the market for Home + Lifestyle this time around. Gone were the blasts of snowfall, aptly named “snowpocalypse,” which made it difficult for some buyers to get into the show in January—and there was no Super Bowl to contend with. All around, this NY NOW was a full house. Exhibitors were satisfied with the traffic—and orders.
  • Popular pop culture character Hello Kitty, can now be crafted in crochet, thanks to the Hello Kitty Crochet book from Quirk.
  • THE SUMMER TRADE SHOW SEASON IS WINDING DOWN. AS I WRITE THIS, NY NOW IS MY NEXT AND LAST SHOW OF THE SUMMER. But it is not the only remaining show; there are a number of other regional or specialty shows.
  • For the eco-sensitive bride looking for natural decorations this 6"x6" moss covered hanging heart adds the perfect touch to wedding decor and will enhance her home after the wedding.
  • WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 – The National Retail Federation (NRF) filed a petition in an effort to push the U.S. Supreme Court justices to review a ruling that left the Federal Reserve’s cap on the billions of transactions conducted each year at 21 cents rather than reducing it to a lower level.
  • BOSTON - Online home furnishings and housewares retailer Wayfair.com is preparing to go public, is seeking to raise $350 million in an initial public offering of its Class A common stock and has some of the biggest names on Wall Street lined up to sell its shares.
  • CHICAGO - Abbey Brown soap maker, Deborah Kraemer, has been invited to spend 10 days in South Africa helping to build new business relationships while showcasing their products and capabilities.
  • J Falkner presents a range of bright new contemporary holiday greeting card designs.
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  • Pamela Brill

    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    August 14, 2014

    Creativity Craze: The Complete Book of Activities

    It’s the first rainy day we’ve had in weeks, and somehow, it’s oddly comforting. Staying indoors practically forces me to hunker down, brew a cup of tea and watch the raindrops fall. And yet, when you add kids to that equation, it suddenly becomes a different story. Lucky for us, my 6-year-old had a puppet-making class at our local library this morning that helped save the day. On our way out, we stopped by a table of books featuring kids’ crafts, an ideal way to extend the creative experience back at home. While we perused several noteworthy ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    August 13, 2014

    The 411 on CRM

    Have you checked your CRM lately? For the uninitiated: CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. It’s basically what we used to call “personal service” back in the old days, in other words doing your best to get to know your customers and keeping in touch with them so that they’d come back often. Today’s CRM is often a software program, or a series of them, used for email marketing, customer information storage (purchasing history, birth date, etc.), loyalty program management, and per-customer customizable interest rates.  What is a per-customer customizable interest rate? I’m not sure. I ...

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  • Pamela Brill

    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    August 6, 2014

    Playcation: Ella Lou Wanderlust City Playmats

    Tis the season to pack up the kiddies and hit the road. Of course, traveling with little ones is never as carefree as one might wish (just thinking about having to schlepp all that baby gear is exhausting enough!). If for some reason or another you find yourselves staying close to home this summer, your little one can still have fun and see the world. Ella Lou’s Wanderlust City Playmats are the passport for playtime in some of your favorite urban settings. Designed in a road map motif, these organic cotton mats let tots toddle their way through the ...

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  • Dorothy Belshaw at Vegas

    IMC's Belshaw Unveils Phase 3 Growth Plan for 2015

    GDA Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg talks to Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, for the International Market Centers, about phase three of the Market’s strategic growth plan, which will be implemented at the Summer 2015 event.  Two new Building C showroom floors will debut: C5 for boutique home decor, textiles and accessories and C11 for gourmet housewares, tabletop and gifts. (Our video reports are brought to you by the International Market Centers.)

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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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