Breaking news from the gift industry
WASHINGTON - Retailers are pleading with an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees, saying it was negotiated by only a handful of merchants and would do nothing to bring the fees under control. More
GLENDALE, WI - Boelter Brands, a manufacturer of variety of licensed merchandise, has acquired the sports licensed assets of Topperscot, More
WASHINGTON – Dads will feel the love this Father’s Day. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has reported that sales for the holiday are projected to reach $12.5 billion. More
From May 17-21, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York was home to not one but three industry trade shows and one complementary technology exhibit and conference: SignatureMix Marketplace, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Surtex and IRCE Focus: Brands & B2B. The synergy among all the different elements attracted a good cross-section of buyers, designers, More
PHILADELPHIA - CSS Industries Inc. reported that its Berwick Offray LLC company has completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Carson & Gebel Ribbon Co. LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of decorative ribbon. More
BROOKLYN, NY – This summer, Etsy is officially launching its new wholesale division, which will give retailers the opportunity to purchase product from a collection of handmade home furnishings, jewelry, and other product, designed and manufactured by Etsy artists, designers and vintage collectors. More
RICHMOND, VA - A newly formed sister company of Evergreen Enterprises Inc. announced today that has acquired substantially all of the assets of VivaTerra LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 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 ...
Savvy Store Solutions
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 ...