• November retail jobs account for 12 percent of nationwide job growth

    Dec 17, 2018

    Retail industry employment in November increased by 18,600 jobs seasonally adjusted from October, accounting for 12 percent of the 155,000-job increase reported by the Labor Department for the economy overall, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reports. Year-over-year, retail employment was down by 16,300 jobs unadjusted as a… Full Story »
  • Constant Contact launches integration for Shopify

    Dec 17, 2018

    Constant Contact has launched an integration with Shopify, allowing merchants to send branded, targeted and automated emails to customers, including those who abandoned shopping carts, for higher conversion. The integration is timely with e-commerce sales expected to increase 17 to 22 percent this holiday season, potentially… Full Story »
  • Have yourself a merry little (safe) Christmas

    Dec 14, 2018

    The holiday season is underway, and the National Candle Association has come up with a must-see safety list to utilize when decorating with the popular festive addition of candles.  The website states that the top three days for residential candle fires in the United States occur… Full Story »
  • November retail sales put holiday spending on track to meet NRF forecast

    Dec 14, 2018

    November retail sales were up 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted from October and increased 5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, completing the first half of the holiday shopping season with spending on track to easily meet the National Retail Federation’s forecast, NRF said today. The numbers exclude automobiles,… Full Story »
  • Halloween & Party Expo releases educational series

    Dec 12, 2018

    Halloween & Party Expo’s 2019 show is set for January 25-27, 2019 and will continue to take shape over the coming months. HPE recently released its educational series set for the show, and it features some impressive panel discussions and roundtables over the course of… Full Story »
  • Helping independent party and Halloween retailers compete (sponsored)

    Dec 7, 2018

    Helping independent party and Halloween retailers compete (sponsored) (Sponsored) Most people probably think that the hardest jobs a retailer has are making customers happy and keeping sales up. Accomplishing those two goals is critically important. But sophisticated retailers know that their success is tied to more than just customer service and sales; in… Full Story »
  • Helium shortage becoming problem for retailers

    Dec 4, 2018

    Supply and demand is a concept that runs the world. When it comes to helium, lately the demand has started to surpass the supply, and prices are reflecting that. For the time being, helium is still able to fulfill customer requests, be they for balloons… Full Story »
  • Party City releases 2018 Top Toys List

    Nov 30, 2018

    With over 50 temporary Toy City pop-up store locations now open throughout the U.S., Party City unveiled its 2018 Top Toys List. A Toy City pop-up in Rockway, New Jersey. Photo: Party City The 2018 Top Toys List includes the best of this year’s toy… Full Story »
  • Five retail trends to watch in 2019

    Nov 30, 2018

    In 2018 consumers have continued to turn to multichannel shopping and seeking out companies featuring products with purpose or focused on a cause. These trends will continue into the new year and redefine retail, according to Jia Wertz, CEO of Studio 15. In a contributed article to… Full Story »
  • All About Costumes

    Nov 26, 2018

    UK-based Bristol Noveltyis preparing for World Book Day with a new costume collection for children. Party Worldwidenoted the expansive 20-design collection covers a variety of literary characters from Hamlet to the Mad Hatter. “Each costume has been created to inspire the imagination of the next generation of… Full Story »

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