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May 23, 2017
Philadelphia Gift Show announces seminar lineup

Philadelphia Gift Show announced today the extensive educational line-up for its brand new Discovery Zone feature at the July 23-26, 2017 edition. Designed to help retailers boost their productivity and sales, the Discovery Zone is... more »

May 22, 2017
ASTRA adds Industry Service Pavilion to upcoming show

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced an Industry Service Pavilion will be available for attendees on the exhibit floor at its 2017 Marketplace & Academy. “This is the first time we have included... more »

May 19, 2017
3 retailers excelling at the in-store experience

Despite the meteoric rise of digital retail in recent years, most retail sales come from physical stores, and bricks-and-mortar remains a priority for retailers. But how do you create an in-person shopping experience that keeps... more »

May 19, 2017
Income vs. Consumption tax could shackle retailers, NRF says

The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to focus on updating the existing federal income tax system through comprehensive reform rather than moving toward a consumption tax. Under either approach, Congress should reject a proposed $1 trillion... more »

May 15, 2017
International Folk Art Alliance heading to Dallas Market

Dallas Market Center, in partnership with the International Folk Art Alliance, will serve as the exclusive host of the International Folk Art Market Collection, June 21-25, during Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, June 21-27.... more »

May 15, 2017
Debit card repeal vote looming, NRF ups fight against its passage

From the National Retail Federation: With the House set to take action in less than two weeks on legislation that would repeal debit card swipe fee reform, retailers small and large say reform has brought... more »

May 9, 2017
Fashion company Mad Style gets into brewing business

Mad Style recently announced that it has finalized a partnership with The Central Brewing Company in Chicago to develop, produce and assist in Distribution of Mad Male Fricken Awesome Ale. Douglas Stein, CEO of Mad... more »

May 8, 2017
Las Vegas Market’s FIRST LOOK spotlights directional trends

Las Vegas Market has announced that its eagerly anticipated FIRST LOOK trend presentation and curated display will showcase four central themes — Modern Traditions; Casual/Outdoor: Water Signs; Bedroom: iGgen; and Handmade — at the Summer 2017 Las... more »

May 8, 2017
Retail jobs bump up during March

Retail industry employment increased by 2,500 jobs in April from March, the National Retail Federation said. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. The overall economy gained 211,000 jobs in April, the Labor... more »

May 3, 2017
Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show partners with ZAG, MSA to offer members more show perks

The Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo and Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) have formed a promotional partnership with Urban Expositions to offer their members even more networking, hospitality and travel-saving benefits at the Sept. 13-16, 2017... more »

May 3, 2017
ZAG Merit Scholarship Program sending 5 buyers to key industry trade shows

The Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) announced the winners of its 2017 Merit Scholarship Program, which will help five retail buyers attend trade shows later this year. Winners of trips to the Las Vegas... more »

May 3, 2017
NRF: Debit card reform would hurt transparency, ultimately consumers

The National Retail Federation today called on the House Financial Services Committee to reject efforts to repeal debit card swipe fee reform as it considers approval of the Financial Choice Act. “Debit card swipe fee... more »

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