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The latest news from gift vendors, reps, retailers and shows.
  • Etsy Officially Launches Wholesale Platform

    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

  • Lifetime Acquires Empire Silver

    GARDEN CITY, NY—Lifetime Brands Inc., provider of kitchenware, tableware and other home products, has purchased the business and assets of Empire Silver Company. More

  • Evergreen Enterprises Sister Company Acquires VivaTerra

    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

  • Patent Trolls Targeting Retailers

    WASHINGTON – Patents Trolls, entities that purchase broad patents with the intent of suing retailers and other end-users that allegedly infringe on those patents, are increasingly targeting retailers and costing the economy billions per year. More

  • Licensing News: April 2, 2014

    Tokidoki

    New licensed product from MLB and Tokidoki, rockers Kiss, TV series Game of Thrones and Hannibal, artists Josephine Kimberling, Susan Lordi, Debbie Tomassi and more. More

  • Spencer’s to Purchase Brookstone

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ – Spencers Spirit Holdings is in the process of purchasing Brookstone, which has been on the brink of filing bankruptcy. More

  • New Owners Take Over Creative Women

    BURLINGTON, VT—Creative Women, importer of hand-woven textiles, welcomed new owners Jenny Cleveland and Leigh Williams this month. More

  • The Winters Group Ups East Coast Representation

    ENFIELD, CT - Gift rep agency, The Winters Group, has recently purchased H.I.S. Sales rep agency, which will expand its New England representation to includes New York State, Long Island and New Jersey. More

  • Offbeat News: Worst Holiday Presents Survey

    Gift_survey from Tada!

    LOS ANGELES - A post-holiday survey of 6,611 online shoppers found that socks and gift cards were the least appreciated holiday gifts this year. More

  • Tis the Season... to Plan Ahead

    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

  • Precious Moments to introduce Dora the Explorer Keepsakes

    PMI's Dora the Explorer keepsake

    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

  • UPDATE: Downton Abbey Licensed Lines to Debut in Atlanta

    Kurt Adler Downton Abbey ornament

    NEW YORK - Merchandise based on the popular British television drama, Downton Abbey, is making a debut this winter across multiple product categories. More

Blogs

  • Pamela Brill

    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    February 27, 2014

    Porcine Pedi: Piggy Paint

    I 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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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    February 24, 2014

    Taking Stock

    You 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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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    February 11, 2014

    The Dynamics of Pricing

    On 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 ...

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