Operations

Back to Basics

Foot traffic may be strong, inventory may be right and customer reviews online shout out that your store is stellar. Despite these strong attributes, however, sales don’t always add up to what you want them... more »

Plan Ahead by Looking Back

Reflecting on 2015 good way set goals for 2016 The start of a new year is a great time to assess what lies ahead as well as reflect on what you have most recently accomplished... more »

Broad-based coalition supports cotton amendment strengthening senate cybersecurity bill

A broad-based coalition of 10 associations led by the National Retail Federation sent a letter to Senate leadership in support of an amendment by Senator Tom Cotton to S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act... more »

Expert Christi Tasker makes sense of social media landscape during AmericasMart

Trying to stay up on social media can lead to social unrest for small to medium business owners. That’s why there are experts on the subject, such as Christi Tasker of PuTTin’ Out, a social... more »

Getting Social: Influence purchase decisions with viral content

When it comes to making a purchase decision, consumers generally follow a routine regardless if they are buying a big-ticket item or an everyday necessity. Although routines may vary, there are common steps that people... more »

What retailers need to know about accepting chip cards

  This October marks a major change in credit card policy for large and small businesses across the United States. That’s when liability for fraudulent credit card transactions will shift from credit card issuers to... more »

Editor’s Letter: Partners for Success

As we spring forward, it’s a great time for spring-cleaning and goal setting. What are your goals for the year? Whether it is increasing business, raising awareness, rebranding... more »

Retail spending on the rise in March

An increase in consumer spending has come with the arrival of spring, according to a Reuters article published on Tuesday, April 14.Lucia Mutikani of Reuters reports retail sales rose 0.9 percent in March, breaking a... more »

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Upcoming Trade Shows

July 21, 2017 - July 23, 2017

California Marketplace

Los Angeles, CA
July 23, 2017 - July 25, 2017

Columbus MarketPlace (July)

Dublin, OH
July 23, 2017 - July 24, 2017

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Lafayette, LA
July 23, 2017 - July 26, 2017

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Oaks, PA
July 30, 2017 - August 3, 2017

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Las Vegas, NV
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