• NRF Forecasts 2.5 percent Increase in Retail Sales for 2010

    Jan 26, 2010

    The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released its 2010 economic forecast and projects retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) will increase 2.5 percent from last year. According to its bi-monthly Retail Sales Outlook, influential economic indicators such as the housing market… Full Story »
  • Balloon Time Expands Product Line to Include Create-A-Party Balloon Packs

    Jan 22, 2010

    Known for bringing party planning ease and convenience to consumers, Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kits has expanded its product line to include Balloon Time Create-A-Party Balloon Packs. The company’s newest party planning products will be revealed at the Halloween & Party Expo, Jan. 23-26 in… Full Story »
  • NSS Takes to Social Networking for Enhanced Communication

    Jan 19, 2010

    The National Stationery Show (NSS) is building momentum on several social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, creating show buzz and generating communication with and among NSS participants as the May 16-19 event approaches. "Social media sites are becoming increasingly important for impromptu business… Full Story »
  • Eldorado Announces New Valentines Day 2010 Catalog

    Jan 19, 2010

    With over one billion valentines given out every year and $13 billion dollars in purchases, Valentine's Day is second only to Christmas when it comes to sales opportunities. Eldorado invites retailers to have their best Valentine's Day yet with a selection of romance products available… Full Story »
  • Coquette Introduces 2010 Lines

    Jan 14, 2010

    January 2010 marked the official launch of Coquette International's 2010 main line catalog that features new pieces for the year, as well as many favorites from 2009. "With fashion you always have to be on top of what styles are in, but at the same… Full Story »
  • Rasta Imposta Featured on American Idol

    Jan 14, 2010

    The hit television show American Idol returned to the airwaves for its ninth season this week, and in the second episode on Wednesday, Jan. 13, a performer wearing Rasta Imposta's Glam Rock Guitar dress costume made it through to Hollywood. Holly Harden of Rockmart, Ga.… Full Story »
  • Hallmark Celebrating 100th Birthday Throughout 2010

    Jan 7, 2010

    On January 10, 1910, a teenager from Nebraska stepped off a train in Kansas City with little more than big dreams and two shoeboxes of picture postcards. He rented a room at the YMCA and began wholesaling postcards to retailers in the region. From those inauspicious… Full Story »
  • Hollywood Ribbon Announces New Balloon and Seasonal Manager

    Jan 6, 2010

    Hollywood Ribbon Industries has announced the hiring of Gabriel DeAnda as manager of Balloon Wholesalers, Party Stores and seasonal accounts. DeAnda is a seasoned veteran in the balloon industry, having most recently worked for Mayflower Distributing in Garden Grove, Calif. and All-American Balloons in Santa… Full Story »
  • Jumping Jack Press Introduces Second Pop-Up Easter Book

    Jan 6, 2010

    Jumping Jack Press, the pop-up book imprint from Up With Paper, announced that its second Easter pop-up book, "Easter Parade", will begin shipping to retail in February. The 6.25-inch square book features seven fully illustrated spreads of pop-ups, highlighted with glitter and spot-UV. The book… Full Story »
  • Pioneer Balloon Co. and Northstar Balloons Announce Strategic Alliance

    Jan 5, 2010

    Pioneer Balloon Co. and Northstar Balloons LLC have announced a strategic alliance under which the companies will work together to bring balloons utilizing Northstar's new MicroSeal balloon-making technology to customers throughout the world. Pioneer is now shipping new shaped balloons utilizing the technology as part of… Full Story »

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