• Forbes: Small retailers are taking over

    Jul 10, 2017

    It’s no secret big-box retailers are struggling in today’s digital shopping age. The stories about this chain or that chain closing stores are coming out weekly, it seems. The doomsday retail rhetoric doesn’t need to apply to unique independent brick-and-mortars, though. In fact, a recent… Full Story »
  • Tips on how to confront a suspected shoplifter

    Jul 7, 2017

    Retail loss prevention and asset protection professionals deal with everything from belligerent customers to petty theft and situations that have the potential to turn violent. Dave Young, co-founder of Vistelar, believes that the best start to handling any circumstance is a universal greeting: “Hello, my… Full Story »
  • Qatar producing helium again, but blockade still poses challenges

    Jul 6, 2017

    Qatar, one of the world’s top producers of helium, has resumed production of the gas, reports gasworld magazine. The small Middle Eastern country, which accounts for roughly 30 percent of the world’s helium supply, suspended production on June 12, a week after Saudi Arabia and… Full Story »
  • Associated Press highlights clash between balloon industry and environmentalists

    Jul 5, 2017

    A recent article by the Associated Press’ Bruce Shipkowski detailed the ongoing fight between the balloon industry and environmentalists who say released balloons are a hazard to wildlife and power lines. “When hands release helium-filled balloons and send them into the sky, they’re doing more… Full Story »
  • burton + BURTON adds balloon artist Edward Munoz to education team

    Jul 3, 2017

    burton + BURTON has announced the addition of Edward Muñoz to its education team. Taking on the role of Education Balloon Specialist and Visual Designer, Edward will use his creative talents to teach burton + BURTON customers and employees about balloon décor and balloon art as… Full Story »
  • Rubie’s acquires online retailer BuySeasons

    Jul 3, 2017

    Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc. announced June 30 it has acquired web retailer BuySeasons, Inc., which is headquarterd in New Berlin, Wisconsin.  With the enhanced capabilities of BuySeasons, Rubie’s will be able to offer our customers one of the most modern and efficient third party logistic facilities capable of fulfilling… Full Story »
  • Fourth of July spending expected to see moderate increase

    Jun 22, 2017

    Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on food for cookouts and picnics as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year, up from $6.8 billion in 2016, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and conducted by Prosper Insight… Full Story »
  • Helium distributors hope Helium Extraction Act will spur domestic production

    Jun 20, 2017

    Congress is taking steps to introduce legislation that would amend the 97-year-old Mineral Leasing Act, which proponents hope will encourage more helium production in the U.S. The Helium Extraction Act of 2017, which is still in development, would potentially add two dozen words to the… Full Story »
  • Three Party & Paper Retailer contributors named among retail’s best sources

    Jun 19, 2017

    Small Business CoE’s Lindsay Brown recently released a list “24 Best Retail Blogs Perfect for the Entrepreneur to Follow.” The list includes several contributors to Party & Paper Retailer. Among them are Nicole Leinbach Reyhle of Retail Minded, Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor, and Rich… Full Story »
  • Michigan Retailers Association offers downloadable sign opposing BAT

    Jun 15, 2017

    The Michigan Retailers Association is among the many partnering with the Americans for Affordable Products coalition in an attempt to stop the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). Amy Drumm, the VP of Government Affairs for the MRA, penned an editorial encouraging retailers to write their congressperson… Full Story »

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