Management

To Post or Not to Post, that is the Question….

“Oh my gosh look at that photo of that dress, shoe, living room, place setting, sofa, vase, necklace, earrings (or fill in the blank with whatever it is you are drooling over at the moment).... more »
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Handling Difficult Customers

Retailers offer their top tips for dealing with tricky situations Sylvia’s By the Sea, in Scituate, Massachusetts, has a clear return policy: store credit only. It’s posted prominently in the shop, it’s on every sales... more »

Putting Your Best Staff Forward

Good employees are the key to success during the busy holiday season In my youth, I used to think that having employees would be easy. You’d hire them, tell them what to do and they’d... more »
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Destination Shopping: Hotel Gift Shops Stay Ahead

Retail operations within the lodging industry vary greatly. Hotel gift shops may consist of little more than a small area near the front desk that sells magazines and snacks, to thousands of square feet of... more »

Show Time!

A tradeshow takes up a lot of your time and money. Here are some tips to make the most of your investment. Travel expenses and time away from the store are major concerns if you... more »

A Retail Lease Primer for Gift Shop Owners: Survive to Thrive

The recent economic downturn has created a tough sales environment for many retailers, especially the so-called independent "mom and pop" stores and those operated by franchisees. Declining sales due to high unemployment and depressed home... more »

Getting Back to the Basics to Prepare Your Business for 2010

There are eight steps a business owner can follow to be well-positioned for the new year, whether they're a long-time owner or an entrepreneur embarking on a new venture.Anyone who works in retail knows that... more »

Turnaround Tenacity

I recently met my new business hero. His name is James Brown and he hails from the hardscrabble hills of Eastern Kentucky. Maybe they breed folks a bit tougher there but this guy has shown... more »

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Upcoming Trade Shows

August 22, 2017 - August 25, 2017

Mexican Gift Show

Mexico City,
August 22, 2017 - August 24, 2017

Gift at STYLEMAX

Chicago, IL
August 24, 2017 - August 28, 2017

Rocky Mountain Gift Show (Summer)

Denver, CO
August 25, 2017 - August 27, 2017

ASIA AMERICA Trade Show

Miami, FL
August 27, 2017 - August 30, 2017

Alberta Gift Show

Edmonton, AB
75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
PO Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
616.887.9008
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