• Americans, Europeans both face issues in complying with rising EU data regulations

    May 24, 2018

    The National Retail Federation and EuroCommerce recently released a paper that addresses operational challenges retailers in both the United States and the European Union face as they implement programs to comply with new EU data protection regulations while continuing to meet consumers’ expectations for customer service. “There… Full Story »
  • Former Facebook market development chief to speak at NRF’s conference

    May 23, 2018

    CEOs, startup founders and top business personalities will discuss the shifting retail landscape and how to improve the customer experience as more than 2,500 leading members of the retail community gather in Las Vegas Sept. 12-14 for the National Retail Federation’s annual conference. “ showcases… Full Story »
  • Graduation spending expected to reach $5.2 billion

    May 21, 2018

    Consumers say they will spoil high school and college graduates this year by filling their greeting cards with gift cards and cash, according to the annual survey released May 17 by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The average person buying graduation gifts… Full Story »
  • NRF warns feds that tariffs would destroy jobs, raise prices

    May 21, 2018

    The National Retail Federation told the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during a hearing today that proposed tariffs on Chinese goods would destroy U.S. jobs, disrupt supply chains and increase prices for U.S. consumers during the upcoming back-to-school and holiday seasons. “Prices will rise,… Full Story »
  • Another New England coastal community bans balloons

    May 16, 2018

    Yet another New England coastal community has banned the sale and release of balloons. Residents of Chatham, Massachusetts, voted Monday, May 14 to outlaw balloons, with the exception of for research purposes, citing them being hazardous to marine life and the environment, reported Chatham… Full Story »
  • AmericasMart, Las Vegas Market announce blockbuster retail trade show merger

    May 15, 2018

    International Market Centers (“IMC”) and AmericasMart [Atlanta] (“AmericasMart”), two best-in-class operators in the furniture, gift, home décor, rug and apparel B2B industries, have entered into an agreement to form the world’s largest owner and operator of premier showroom space. Financial terms of the transaction were… Full Story »
  • April retail growth in line with yearly projections

    May 15, 2018

    April retail sales increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted over March and 2.8 percent year-over-year as consumers continued to spend, the National Retail Federation said May 15. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Retail sales growth remains solid and on track as households benefit… Full Story »
  • European balloon and party organization: No more balloon releases

    May 15, 2018

    The Balloon and Party Industry Alliance, a European trade organization based in the UK, is encouraging its members to no longer practice outdoor balloon releases. BAPIA’s official stance on balloon releases stems from feedback of its members. A May 15 Facebook post read: “BAPIA has… Full Story »
  • Import numbers rising in spite of tariff threat

    May 14, 2018

    Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow steadily throughout the summer despite the prospect of heavy tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “With proposed… Full Story »
  • Overall Party City sales up 7.2 percent during first quarter of 2018

    May 10, 2018

    Party City Holdco Inc. (NYSE:PRTY) announced May 9 financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. James M. Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am pleased with the start of 2018 as both top and bottom line objectives were met, along with accelerated… Full Story »

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