Top 10 news stories of 2023

These 10 news stories were the most read in 2023.

1. Postage increases prompt industry action

The United States Postal Service increased stamp prices again on July 9, representing the third stamp price hike in a year and an unprecedented pace and magnitude of postage increases.

2. Anne McGilvray & Co. to open flagship showroom at Dallas Market Center

Anne McGilvray & Co., a sales agency in the gift and home industry, will open a flagship showroom at Dallas Market Center in advance of the January 2024 Total Home & Gift Market.

3. Atlanta Apparel forecasts autumn/winter 2023 fashion trends

The key colors for autumn/winter are rooted in warm neutrals and deep darks and energized with hyper brights and soothing pastels. A few of the season’s top colors include: Galactic Cobalt Blue; Astro Dust Earthy Red; calming and restorative greens; Malachite Green and other various jewel tones.

4. USPS increases postage rates

The United States Postal Service announced postage increases that took effect in July 2023.

5. Senate to vote on credit card ‘swipe’ fee

The Merchants Payments Coalition welcomed the announcement by Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan)., that the Senate plans to vote on the Credit Card Competition Act (CCCA).

6. The Gerson Companies acquires Park Hill Collection

The Gerson Companies, a seasonal and everyday home décor design and distribution company, acquired the assets of Park Hill Collection, a product design and import company of home décor, furnishings, candles and seasonal products based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

7. Atlanta Market exhibitors showcase fresh products

Gift Shop® Plus’ Julie McCallum attended the winter 2023 edition of Atlanta Market and took note of several standout products on the show floor.

8. Trends emerge for Spring 2023 High Point Market

TrendWatch named three trends at the Spring 2023 High Point Market: Confections, Immersion and Studio.

9. Shoppe Object showcases unique finds for retailers

The winter 2023 edition of Shoppe Object took place at Pier 36 in New York City. Gift Shop® Plus managing editor Carly McFadden showcases some of her favorite Shoppe Object finds from the show floor.

10. Most Wanted List for toys kicks off 2023 holiday season

Toys, Tots, Pets & More (TTPM), a product reviewer for toys, baby gear and pet gear, unveiled its Most Wanted List of the hottest toys for the 2023 holiday season at its annual TTPM 2023 Holiday Showcase event, held in New York City.

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