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Diane Falvey

Tell Us Your Story, Today!

You’ve heard about the REAs? The Retailer Excellence Awards? Well this year is Gifts and Decorative Accessories' 64th annual REA event, and we want you! We want you to tell us your stories. Independent retailing can certainly be full of cha... More

About This Blog

From retailers to manufacturers and all of the players in between, in the gift industry everyone has a story. Some stories are heartfelt, others are about the business of “gifting.” Some stories are even a little bit controversial. Editor-in-chief Diane Falvey wants to share those stories, and the business insights that come along with them, with our Gifts and Dec readers.
Kristin Sprague

To Pin or not to Pin – In 2015, it isn't Even a Question

In just over four short years, Pinterest has grown into a retailer’s land of opportunity. As potential customers build their pin boards of intentions on the fanatically popular site, they are very likely to either expose your products to a w... 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

Couples therapy at IKEA: Some assembly required

Jokes about the joys of assembling IKEA's flat-pack furniture are nothing new, but the retailer's flat-pack furniture is now being used by a California therapist as a tool to help couples communicate. “Furniture assembly often causes more ... 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

Eraser-able You

Homework is a real drag. And at this point in the school year, with the warmer weather beckoning kids outdoors, it’s getting even harder to sit still and get that work out of the way and done! In the spirit of finding innovative (read: inexp... 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

If it’s January, it Must be Market Time

Well, you’re coming down the home stretch of the holiday season…though due to the wonderfulness of the calendar, the ten days after Christmas look like they will be every bit as active as the days before. With Saturday shopping days ... 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

Location, Location?

It is an acknowledged fact that the location of a store is key factor in its success.  You need proximity to an adequate pool of potential customers. Transportation and parking are important factors in getting these customers into your shop. ... 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.