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August 21, 2017
Everything you need to know about the Smoky Mountain Gift Show

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show returns to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, Nov. 1-4, 2017, bringing Tennessee’s largest selection of top-name souvenir and resort gift lines together under one roof for optimum buying convenience. As the... more »

August 21, 2017
GHTA announces keynote speakers for Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference

The Gift and Home Trade Association [GHTA], the industry’s leading non-profit trade association, has announced its three world-class keynote speakers and an overview of its full agenda for this year’s Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative... more »

August 18, 2017
Las Vegas Market fundraiser with Donny Osmond raises $15K for AIDS charity

Las Vegas Market's seventh annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser netted a record-breaking $15,735 to benefit Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home décor industries’ sole charitable organization. Some 500-plus supporters attended the annual... more »

August 16, 2017
Trump rips Amazon in scathing tweet

President Trump didn’t mince words on what he thinks of online giant Amazon via Twitter on Aug. 16. Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are... more »

August 16, 2017
Overall retail sales rebound in July

Retail sales in July increased by 0.6 percent over June on a seasonally adjusted basis, triple the revised 0.2 percent growth seen in June, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. Sales increased... more »

August 14, 2017
ASTRA offering hands-on workshop as part of Certified Play Expert program

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has announced that it will offer a two-day, in-person, hands-on workshop in September as part of its Certified Play Expert program, a professional education initiative to help toy... more »

August 14, 2017
NRF survey shows how many retailers have adapted to chip card readers, how many still holding out

A new survey conducted for NRF shows small retailers have nearly caught up with large merchants in making the switch to chip-and-signature credit cards — even though virtually half say the cards would be more secure if... more »

August 10, 2017
Rocky Mountain Gift Show introduces new app in time for summer show

The Rocky Mountain Gift Show combined with the Denver Apparel and Accessory Market will launch an Event App for the upcoming shows, Aug. 24-28. Recognized as the regional leader in lodge and resort souvenirs, Native... more »

August 10, 2017
Interest in outdoor products, increased attendance highlight summer Las Vegas Market

Buyers took advantage of a record number of resources — including significant new product introductions and first-time exhibitors — at the recently concluded Las Vegas Market. Following the close of market last Thursday, International Market... more »

August 9, 2017
Hot 100 Retailers list shows ‘shifts in shopping behaviors’

Whether they sell through traditional stores, online or both, companies that provide unique offerings and experiences for consumers dominate the list of Hot 100 Retailers published by the National Retail Federation’s STORES magazine. “The retail industry is getting... more »

August 9, 2017
Dockworkers union reaches agreement to avoid potential supply disruptions

The National Retail Federation welcomed reports that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association appear close to extending their existing contract at West Coast ports nearly two full years before it... more »

August 8, 2017
Dallas Market opposes Texas’ proposed ‘bathroom bills’

Dallas Market Center has joined leading companies in opposition to Texas state legislation currently under consideration that would target individual access to restrooms. The so-called “bathroom bills” currently being debated in special session would have... more »

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