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And I hope you are, because that is a good sign for your business. But I also hope that you are not too overwhelmed at this time of year not to have a little time to begin planning ahead for the new year. Before you know it, you will have welcomed the new year in with a toast and then you will be headed to market with your open-to-buy in hand, ready to restock your shop with fresh inventory, and even-dare I say it-begin ordering for Holiday 2014! More
CARTHAGE, MO- Precious Moments Inc. (PMI), known for its Precious Moments Collection, has entered into a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon and its parent company, Viacom International, to launch a line of keepsake products based on the popular character Dora the Explorer that will debut in Atlanta. More
NEW YORK - Merchandise based on the popular British television drama, Downton Abbey, is making a debut this winter across multiple product categories. More
Fall fashions delve into the archives of the house of Dior, circa 1947, resurrecting the ladylike, tailored style that came to be known as the New Look. Years of wartime rationing on fabrics resulted in Dior's collection of full-skirted, curve-enhancing frocks being initially perceived as a scandalous extravagance, but ladies everywhere soon adopted the overtly feminine and generously proportioned garments. More
ATLANTA - OneCoast and the Langley Empire Candle Company have partnered to launch a new home fragrance brand, Boulevard, which was created exclusively for independent retailers. More
RIPLEY, Miss. — Ashley Furniture Inds. said this week it is acquiring a 260,000-square-foot building here that will supplement its three existing upholstery factories in Mississippi. More
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February 27, 2014I never dreamed that my kindergartener would visit a spa before I did, but lo and behold, hell hath frozen over. She has since attended two beauty-themed birthday parties-all at the ripe old age of 5-and seems to have had her fill (for the time being, at least). But one take-away that never seems to get old is the experience of having her nails "done." While she loves the glittery glow and the endless array of rainbow hues in which to adorn her digits, she admits that the stinky chemical smell is something she can live without (you and me ...
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February 24, 2014You may recognize this scenario: you want to carry some garden items in your shop for the summer season, but you can't rationalize placing a minimum order of $250 to $500 with each supplier you want to buy from. Here is a solution you may want to consider: a stocking distributor.Stocking distributors are consolidators who carry merchandise from several different companies (as well as some items of their own, probably direct imports), with a certain focus such as hardware, garden items, New Age products or housewares. They offer retailers the opportunity to place one order with a single ...
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February 11, 2014On a recent flight to attend a gift show, I discovered that my seat-mate had paid less than half the amount for her airfare than I had paid for mine. Welcome to the world of dynamic pricing! Technically dynamic pricing means that the price of an item is determined by a specific customer's ability to pay. In actuality, it means that prices are set based on what a specific customer is willing to pay. I probably bought my plane ticket later than my seat-mate, when fewer seats were available on the flight that fit my schedule. The airlines knew ...