• C.R. Gibson Partners With Carter’s

    Dec 2, 2009

    C.R. Gibson and Carter's, America's No. 1 children's brand, have joined together to bring three new collections of photo, memory and gift products set to debut at select winter markets, including Atlanta AmericasMart, Dallas Gift Market, Los Angeles Market and the New York International Gift… Full Story »
  • Americans Spent $41.2 Billion Over Holiday Weekend

    Nov 30, 2009

    A National Retail Federation (NRF) survey conducted over the weekend confirms the expected: more people spent less. According to NRF's Black Friday shopping survey, conducted by BIGresearch, 195 million shoppers visited stores and Web sites over Black Friday weekend, up from 172 million last year.… Full Story »
  • Retailers Increase Cyber Monday Promotions to Entice Holiday Shoppers Looking for Bargains

    Nov 23, 2009

    Holiday shoppers looking for bargains aren't likely to be disappointed when they learn what retailers have planned for Cyber Monday. According to's eHoliday Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, nearly nine in ten (87.1 percent) retailers will have a special promotion for Cyber Monday, up from… Full Story »
  • Halloween & Party Expo Attracting International Attention

    Nov 22, 2009

    Buyers from around the world are registered to attend the Halloween & Party Expo Jan. 23-26 in Houston, Texas. Countries represented include Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Greece, China, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK, just to name a few. "We're very pleased… Full Story »
  • HCPShow Announces Seminar Programming

    Nov 20, 2009

    Executives with TransWorld Exhibits have announced the full line-up of free seminars and educational programming for the 26th International Halloween, Costume & Party Show (HCPShow), slated for Feb. 26-March 1 the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill. TransWorld partner Sam Bundy reported that the goal… Full Story »
  • National Stationery Show Integrates Supply Side As Division

    Nov 20, 2009

    In 2010, the National Stationery Show (NSS), running May 16-19 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will integrate The Supply Side as a division of the Show. The Supply Side has co-located with the NSS for the past nine years but maintained… Full Story »
  • NRF Predicts Gift Card Spending to Drop Slightly as Shoppers Favor Holiday Discounts

    Nov 19, 2009

    According to the National Retail Federation's (NRF) 2009 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, holiday shoppers plan to spend slightly less on gift cards, with the average person spending $139.91, compared to $147.33 last year. Total spending on gift cards is expected… Full Story »
  • IBA Introduces Smart Balloon Practices Committee

    Nov 18, 2009

    The International Balloon Association (IBA) has announced the creation of a new committee called the Smart Balloon Practices Committee (SBP). In keeping with the IBA mission statement to protect and preserve the industry for future generations, the SBP Committee was voted in by the membership… Full Story »
  • WBC 2010 To Offer Classes For All Experience Levels

    Nov 18, 2009

    Party retailers looking to add balloons to their repertoire will gain an abundance of knowledge at the World Balloon Convention (WBC), April 15-18, in Dallas, Texas. Delegates will be able to choose their classes based on three experience levels, including Level 1 classes that are… Full Story »
  • NRF Holiday Survey Finds Shoppers Plan to Pay with Cash, Debit Cards

    Nov 17, 2009

    According to the National Retail Federation's (NRF)2009 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGresearch, one-fourth (24.9 percent) of holiday shoppers will pay for gifts this year with cash, a 9.1 percent increase from last year's 22.8 percent. In addition, 42.5 percent of shoppers… Full Story »

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