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Best practices for independent gift retailers

Everything gift retailers need to know about display, promotion, signage, events, technology and store equipment.
  • Direct from Market: NY NOW Summer 2014

    Ny Now

    NEW YORK – Things were a lot brighter at NY Now , the market for Home + Lifestyle this time around. Gone were the blasts of snowfall, aptly named “snowpocalypse,” which made it difficult for some buyers to get into the show in January—and there was no Super Bowl to contend with. All around, this NY NOW was a full house. Exhibitors were satisfied with the traffic—and orders. More

  • West Elm Launches Small Business Grant Contest

    SAN FRANCISCO - Home furnishings retailer West Elm, is launching its “We Love Local Small Business Grant” contest, which was designed to support U.S.-based artists and designers as they work on developing their products and growing their business. More

  • Homebuilder Robert S. Thornton Partners with Retailer Melissa Haberstroh

    BOERNE, TX - Homebuilder Robert S. Thornton and designer and retailer Melissa Haberstroh have entered into a long-term partnership to combine their creative energy and knowledge to help build new signature homes. More

  • Back-to-School Spending to Reach Nearly $75 Billion

    Back to School

    WASHINGTON - Combined spending for back to school and college is expected to reach $74.9 billion, an increase from $72 billion in 2013. More

  • NRF Launches Small Business Retail Council

    WASHINGTON - The National Retail Federation (NRF) has formed the Small Business Retail Council to help organize, recruit and engage Main Street merchants and independent community retailers in grassroots advocacy activities. More

  • American Made Show to Join Dallas June 2015 Market

    BALTIMORE and DALLAS – In a joint announcement, the Dallas Market Center and the Rosen Group, producers of the American Made Show, revealed plans for the American Made Show to debut in Dallas as part of the Total Home & Gift Market. More

  • Today's Gift Retailer

    Today's Gift Retailer

    Nine out of 10 retailers attend trade shows for the variety of vendors and another 89% value new products and new vendors. That's according to Gifts and Decorative Accessories' exclusive 2014 Today's Gift Retailer Survey. More

  • Hooray for Summer!

    SUMMER HAS FINALLY ARRIVED … OR AT LEAST ALMOST! With all the crazy weather we’ve had, I never thought that sunny days and warm weather would get here. How about you? More

  • Father’s Day Spending to Reach More Than $12 Billion

    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

  • Direct from Market: SignatureMix, Surtex, ICFF

    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

  • Millennial Consumer Confidence Goes Up

    CHICAGO - The Millennial Shoppers: Positive Mindset Points to Future Growth study found that consumers of all ages are reporting a better outlook when it comes to shopping—particularly millennials. More

  • Doodling Goes 3-D at MoMA Store

    NEW YORK – The windows of Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store windows have been taken over by a creative display of doodling in 3-D. More


  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    August 5, 2014

    Saving Main Street

    The issue of independents vs. chain stores is not unique to the US, and this news clip from BBC entitles “Can independent shops save the High Street?’ indicates. The High Street (Main Street to us Yanks) is facing serious challenges: according to the statistics quoted in this article from last year, more than one out of 10 retail spaces in the UK were vacant. The number was lower, however, in areas that have managed to preserve a large number of independent businesses. Why? In part because shoppers enjoy the experience of shopping in smaller stores. However in order to make ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    July 1, 2014

    Celebrating Independents

    In a splendid example of letting bygones be bygones, July has been declared to be Independent Retailer Month in England. After all, July 4th may be celebrated here as our Independence Day from the British -- but 1776 was a long time ago, and today retailers on both sides of the pond face similar challenges. As the British Independent Retailer Month web site points out, “Independent retailers and consumer-facing businesses are important. They are the lifeblood of our local retail centres - towns, high streets [that would be main streets to us Yanks], villages. They add social and commercial value to the ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    June 10, 2014

    Let’s Hear It for Face Time!

    Are you drowning in e-mail? I think many of us feel that we’re barely able to keep up with our inbox (which makes me particularly grateful that you’re taking time to read this blog). It’s tempting to spend much of the day dealing with these messages as well as looking at products online and composing social media messages and e-mail blasts. I’m a big fan of FaceTime, a free Apple app that allows me to visit with friends and family spread out over the continent, but I know that there is no substitute for the kind ...

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Retailer Webinar Series

GDA Webinar

If you missed the chance to attend Gifts and Decorative Accessories' live webinar, "Merchandi$ing for $ucce$$," you can view a recorded version of the event. This session featured Liz White, owner of retailer Mason & Madison, and Casey Simmons, owner of retailer STUFF.  Both speakers discuss the best ways to grow and market your retail business.

Click here to view.