• Rubie’s has official ‘Wonder Woman’ costumes

    Jun 7, 2017

    Rubie’s Costume Company Inc., is thrilled to announce its partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, to produce officially licensed costumes, accessories and masks inspired by the highly anticipated feature film Wonder Woman, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Tencent Pictures and Wanda… Full Story »
  • Blockade of Middle Eastern country has helium producers on edge

    Jun 6, 2017

    A developing situation in the Middle East could affect anyone who depends on helium. On Monday, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain closed borders with nearby Qatar, effectively creating a blockade of the tiny country, which happens to be one of the top helium producers in… Full Story »
  • ‘Shark Tank’ judge: ‘Victims don’t succeed’

    Jun 5, 2017

    “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran is no-nonsense and tough. That’s evident from her recent interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times. During the interview, Corcoran — a real estate investor and businesswoman — said attitude is the most important attribute she looks for in an employee.… Full Story »
  • Hooray for Dads: Father’s Day spending to break record

    Jun 5, 2017

    Americans are expected to spend more than ever on gifts for Father’s Day this year with the biggest share going to special outings like a ballgame, concert or dinner, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics. Father’s Day… Full Story »
  • Retail jobs down in May, although total earnings remain steady

    Jun 5, 2017

    Retail industry employment decreased by 8,500 jobs in May from April, the National Retail Federation reported June 2, while average hourly earnings were up 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis, in line with growth in recent months. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and… Full Story »
  • House Republicans abandon plans to repeal swipe fee reform

    May 30, 2017

    The National Retail Federation welcomed reports that House Republican leaders plan to abandon an attempt to repeal debit card swipe fee reform that has saved retailers and their customers more than $40 billion and brought badly needed competition to the payments market. “This is a major victory… Full Story »
  • Licensing association adds reps in Brazil, France, India, Russia

    May 24, 2017

    The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) is expanding its presence across the globe. The premier trade association for the worldwide licensing industry recently appointed representatives in three growth-oriented markets: Brazil, France and Russia, as well as naming a respected industry veteran as the new… Full Story »
  • Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique to unveil new styles at SuperZoo in Las Vegas

    May 23, 2017

    Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique, a division of Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc. will unveil new styles and licenses at SuperZoo, July 25-27, in Las Vegas. With the addition of new costumes and accessories (wigs, hats, tutus, bandanas, wings and hair bows), Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique will… Full Story »
  • Massachusetts looking to pop balloon sales

    May 23, 2017

    The Massachusetts state legislature is the latest looking to crack down on balloons. If passed, a proposed state house bill would ban the distribution or sale of any balloon filled with gas lighter than air. House Bill No. 2136 was introduced by Rep. Sarah K.… Full Story »
  • NRF: Tax reform could set retailers back for years

    May 19, 2017

    The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to focus on updating the existing federal income tax system through comprehensive reform rather than moving toward a consumption tax. Under either approach, Congress should reject a proposed $1 trillion border adjustment tax that would drive up prices for consumers… Full Story »

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