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Kristin Sprague

Keeping the E-wolf at Bay

You can huff and puff but you can’t blow this brick and mortar store down. Brick is the new black! Even Amazon has noticed it, which is evident in its October 2014 announcement that it plans to open local store fronts. So why is Brick the n... More

About This Blog

Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on current and emerging trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog. Kristin encourages you to reach out with any digital curiosities or topics you would like to hear about.
Chris Nicely

Offbeat: Film Crews Unearth Lost Atari Games

As I mentioned in an Offbeat story a few weeks ago, the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico is the home of a landfill rumored to contain truckloads of jettisoned Atari games and equipment that the company dumped after punishing sales in 1983. Now... More

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Forever in pursuit of levity, contributor Chris Nicely serves up a dish of offbeat, odd, and viral stories from around the web.
Pamela Brill

Lego Minecraft Adventure Sets

I’m finally ready to admit it: I feel old. My kids adore Minecraft and I personally can’t understand it. I’m not really sure where their fascination lies, but when they talk about it, I feel like they’re speaking another la... More

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This Mommy blog puts a practical perspective on all types of products -- not just toys and gifts -- for moms and their kids. It will help retailers understand what is important to mothers when it comes to buying for their kids.
Warren Shoulberg

Don’t Give Up The Store Quite Yet

In the rush to go online, you can’t blame retailers for thinking the sky is falling—actually it’s the roof—on physical stores and that the future is purely virtual. Well, the balance may shift that way eventually…bu... More

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What gifts, et al, have to do with the shoppers, retailing and the rest of the known world...at least according to editorial director Warren Shoulberg.
Carol L Schroeder

Giving Thanks

"We know you have a choice of airlines when you fly, and we appreciate you flying with us” has become a bit trite through repetition, but the truth in that statement is timeless: customers have countless choices as to where they can spend th... More

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Veteran retailer Carol Schroeder shares her experience and perspective on the ups and downs of being a gift retailer.
Caroline Kennedy

One Day Sale Redefined?

I know that this has really been going on for some time, but recently a Macy’s ad caught my eye. The headline ran big and bold: ONE DAY SALE The next line gave the date and time. That was followed by a line in parentheses: (IT’S A ... More

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With her veteran's-eye view, editor-in-chief Caroline Kennedy comments on the highlights and sidelights of our gift industry and the everyday world around us.

 

 

Are you planning any promotions and/or events for the holiday season?

This month, Angie Radawicz of The Purple Poppy, Linda O'Boyle of Metro Homestyle and Audrey Herring of Audrey's Gifts & Decor what their plans are. Each retailer is hosting an Open House in addition to other seasonal events. What are you doing... More

About This Blog

Every month in the magazine Gifts & Decorative Accessories asks three of our retailer advisors a topical question regarding store operations, customer service, employee management, rep relations, merchandise management or some other such matter of relevance to the success of their — and your — business. It’s our way of helping retailers help other retailers. By posting the monthly “We Ask” question online you too can participate and contribute answers that might be of help to other retailers.