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April 20, 2017
LaserGifts’ new solar-powered Swing Thing is making waves

LaserGifts, a souvenir and gift manufacturer specializing in personalized name programs, announced that retailers across the country have committed to a record number of floor display placements of The Swing Thing program. Store owners and... more »

April 18, 2017
Impoverished kids get boatload of Bandaloom kits, courtesy of Tristar Products

Children who are impoverished, underserved, ill, or facing other forms of adversity will receive brand new Bandaloom kits this year thanks to Tristar Products, Inc.’s generous donation of more than 300,000 kits to the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF).... more »

April 17, 2017
March retail sales see spike from last year

Retail sales in March increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over February and 3.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Various... more »

April 17, 2017
National Retail Federation ups fight against ‘job-killing’ tax proposal

From the National Retail Federation:  House Republicans in Congress have proposed a “border adjustment tax” on all imported goods — from clothing to computers, gasoline to groceries and toys to tires. The BAT would be... more »

April 14, 2017
Mud Pie to roll out ‘must-have’ fashion collections for fall

While consumers shop for summer wardrobes, fashion boutique retailers are planning fall. Mud Pie mailed thousands of fall fashion catalogs to retailers just in time to prepare assortments next season. Mud Pie’s Living and Kids Collections... more »

April 14, 2017
Philadelphia Gift Show’s latest and greatest: ‘The Discovery Zone’

To enhance the show floor experience and increase the educational offerings for its buyer base, the Philadelphia Gift Show will launch a new “Discovery Zone’ on he show floor for the July 23-26, 2017, edition at the... more »

April 11, 2017
California Marketplace bringing all temporary exhibits under one roof for summer show

Offering West Coast retailers the ideal opportunity to discover California-made specialties, global styles and artisan designs, the July 21-24, 2017 edition of the California Marketplace Temporaries brings order-writing and cash & carry exhibitors back together... more »

April 10, 2017
Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show to debut Native American Pavilion, Gourmet, Boardwalk sections

Further strengthening the broad and deep selection it offers to retailers, the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show welcomes a new Native American Pavilion and new Gourmet and Boardwalk sections to the Sept. 13-16, 2017... more »

April 6, 2017
Seattle Gift Show celebrates 80th year with new resources, educational offerings

Building upon an 80-year tradition supporting the product and business growth needs of its loyal Pacific Northwest retail audience, the Seattle Gift Show returns to the Washington State Convention Center, Aug. 18-21, 2017, with new resources... more »

April 6, 2017
Former National Parks photographer Frank Ruggles to speak at Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

Frank Ruggles, artist, author and former official photographer for the National Park Service, will lead the keynote address during the 2017 Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Calling upon... more »

April 5, 2017
Las Vegas Market, ASD Market Week to continue collaboration for summer shows

Las Vegas Market and ASD Market Week has announced a third consecutive TWO FOR TUESDAY collaboration — on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas — bringing together the collective resources of two major trade shows and thousands... more »

April 4, 2017
ASTRA Marketplace & Academy exhibitor list reaches capacity

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced April 4 that 138 toy manufacturers will be participating for the first time at its record-breaking exhibit hall at ASTRA’s upcoming Marketplace & Academy. The exhibit hall —... more »

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