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November 13, 2017
ZAG announces four new board members

The Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) has announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors. Ross Beardsley, Santa Barbara (California) Zoological Gardens Steven Fairchild, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas David... more »

November 10, 2017
10 tips for recruiting and hiring military veterans

More than 200,000 men and women transition out of the armed services each year. After dedicating their lives to serving the country, they are often left wondering what the next step will be in their... more »

November 9, 2017
‘Stranger Things’ use of vintage sweatshirt spurs windfall of sales for Science Museum of Minnesota

Thanks to the producers of “Stranger Things,” the Explore Store gift shop at the Science Museum of Minnesota is going to have a bountiful holiday season, regardless of what happens during the rest of November... more »

November 8, 2017
NRF asking congress to reverse ‘joint employer’ law that exposes retailers to lawsuits

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is asking the House to approve legislation set for a vote this week that would reverse an expanded definition of a “joint employer” adopted during the Obama administration that has... more »

November 8, 2017
Clarion UX names Hanson VP of Womenswear in Nevada (WWIN) show

Clarion UX (formerly Urban Expositions) has named Desiree Hanson the Vice President of Fashion Events overseeing the Womenswear in Nevada (WWIN) portfolio. She reports to Clarion UX CEO, Greg Topalian. In her new role, Desiree... more »

November 6, 2017
Toy of the Year finalists announced

The toy, game, and license finalists for the prestigious 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards were unveiled this evening by The Toy Association. Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards... more »

November 6, 2017
Retail jobs lag during October; NRF cites hurricanes

Retail industry employment declined by 18,000 jobs in October, the National Retail Federation said today. The number excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, the economy added 261,000 jobs, the Labor Department said. “Retail... more »

November 2, 2017
NRF files brief urging Supreme Court to address online sales tax

The National Retail Federation has filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a South Dakota case on whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax the same as local... more »

October 27, 2017
Budget resolution applauded by NRF, sets stage for upcoming tax reform

The National Retail Federation praised today’s passage of the final version of a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, which sets the stage for the introduction of a tax reform bill as early as next week.... more »

October 27, 2017
Signs point toward good holiday shopping season for retailers

With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation... more »

October 27, 2017
DEMDACO introduces pebble art gift collection by Sharon Nowlan

DEMDACO, the Leawood, Kansas-based wholesale distribution firm specializing in gift and home décor products, is delighted to partner with fine artist Sharon Nowlan in debuting The Sharon Nowlan Collection to the gift industry. This collection... more »

October 24, 2017
Las Vegas Market expanding temporaries leasing in 2018

Las Vegas Market announced today that a significant increase in temporary exhibit leasing will fill three Pavilions with some 500-plus gift and home décor exhibitors at the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, Jan. 28-Feb. 1,... more »

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