• LA Mart’s 2019 Winter Market recap

    Jan 23, 2019

    Opening day of the LA Mart Winter Market, the rain poured outside, and the buyers poured into the show to make it one of the most successful Winter Markets in years.  Compared to Winter 2018, LA Mart confirmed an over 13% increase in attendee traffic… Full Story »
  • AmericasMart kicks off winter 2019 trade show season

    Jan 18, 2019

    A strong holiday season and a positive outlook for 2019 drove significant buying at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market according to International Market Centers (IMC).  Held January 8-15, 2019, the markets showcased more than 9,000 brands across more than… Full Story »
  • Cosplay event in Arizona a success

    Jan 16, 2019

    The Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona was filled to the brim with cosplayers and other superheros for the Ace Comic Con Arizona 2019. Attendees went all out for the event, which was held January 11-12. You can see a photo slideshow put together by the Phoenix New Times here.
  • Three industry leaders join NRF board 

    Jan 14, 2019

    The National Retail Federation announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. The NRF board welcomed the new members at its annual winter board meeting during NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show, and they will serve a two-year term until January 2021.  “We… Full Story »
  • NRF Foundation Gala raises over $3.2 million to shape future talent in retail 

    Jan 14, 2019

    The fifth annual NRF Foundation Gala took place Sunday, January 13, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City, featuring an inspiring awards program and formal dinner that included both silent and live auctions. The star-studded event raised more than $3.2… Full Story »
  • Laura Janelle, Gift for Life launch partnership

    Jan 14, 2019

    Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ sole charitable organization, has a new cause marketing partnership with Laura Janelle. Beginning at the winter 2019 edition of the Atlanta International Gift & Home Market, proceeds from the sale of the company’s Mantra Scarf… Full Story »
  • IMC announces $280 million for market enhancements

    Jan 14, 2019

    International Market Centers (IMC) announced a three-year, $280 million-dollar investment in new initiatives to enhance its markets in Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas. Elements of the plan, which will be implemented over the next six to 24 months on all three campuses, include category… Full Story »
  • Retail jobs grew 37,600 year-over-year in December

    Jan 8, 2019

    Retail industry employment in December increased by 15,200 jobs seasonally adjusted from November and 37,600 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation reports. The retail gains, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, came as the nation added 312,000 jobs overall, the U.S. Labor Department said.… Full Story »
  • Award-winning illustrator, portrait artist launches new greeting card company

    Jan 7, 2019

    Spokane, Washington based Cobenali Creations covers a LOT of ground in the retail greeting card space, with two new, unique and entirely different lines: Laugh It Up, and Colin Hayes Art. Both are created by award-winning illustrator and artist Colin Hayes. He has created illustrations professionally since 1993 for a… Full Story »
  • Point of sale trends to watch in 2019

    Jan 7, 2019

    The physical point of sale may see major changes in 2019. Online and mobile payment methods have been revamped with new updates, but the in-store POS can expect improvements with new technology and concepts increasing in 2019. PaymentsSource identified trends that could transform POS this year: Cashierless checkout… Full Story »

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