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Kristin Sprague

Mobile, Measurements and Memory Lane

Last month marked the 30th birthday of the consumer cell phone. In 1984, when the first consumer cell phone was sold, it was used exclusively for conversation and was only in the hands of the very affluent. Who knew back then that today the mobile... More

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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: "Average Barbie" Doll Coming Soon

Earlier this year, I wrote about the Plus Size Barbie that sparked a huge online and off debate about the changing depictions of what is "normal" or "beautiful". That article mentioned the work of Nickolay Lamm, who produced a "normal Barbie" that... 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

Numbers Up: The Little Rockers Band Count Me In!

In our family, spring cleaning extends itself over to our family car, and that means swapping out our current CDs for some fresh new tunes. Just in time, The Little Rockers just dropped their third kids’ CD, Count Me In!, and it makes for a ... 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

Truth in Retailing

”I believe the theories which correlate demographic shifts, poor employment numbers, online tipping points, or other similar factors to the difficult sales in the young adult market are off-point. Sales correlate directly with fashion hits a... More

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

Aligning with Others

Cooperation and collaboration are essential to the success of most small retailers -- whether it is through your local buy local movement, Chamber of Commerce or merchant association.  Now there is a new tool available to help business owners... 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

Recharging Batteries

Modern technology has been a boon to our daily lives and businesses. We have become very dependent on constantly being connected via our mobile phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and laptops. One thing that all these devices have in common is bat... 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.



Question for February:Fashion accessories and apparel were the hot items for gift stores for the past few seasons. what do you predict will be the next beig thing and why?

In the February issue, Julie Horowitz Jackson said:Nail lacquer. In her store, it is drawing attention and has enhanced sales of cocktail rings, purses and other accessoriesAudrey Herring predicts "handmade items will be the next big category... 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.