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Cater to the Conscientious Consumer

The new locavores Ethical consumerism. The phrase might sound intimidating but increasing numbers of your customers are taking it up. Consumer purchases are increasingly reflecting customers' values—whether through the buying of green goods or fair... more »

The Great Outdoors!

Digging in Susan Robbins believes it's no surprise that gardening has branched out to touch so many people. "You'd have to think really hard to find something negative about gardening," says the director of commerce... more »

An Eventful Evening!

Patti Harbin of In-Courage in San Antonio, TX, recently hosted a store event with Lolita. She had two weeks' notice to pull everything together. Because of the limited time, Harbin used email invites (this was... more »

Pink or Blue? Greening Baby Sales

Growing Green Just a few years ago in 2001, retailer Gerry Lewarne had limited success selling glass baby bottles. A few years later, the chemical BPA (Bispenhol-A), made news headlines as a potential carcinogen. Plastic... more »

Can you recommend marketing strategies that will help boost store sales?

Gail Markert of Markert Group Consulting Gail Markert of Markert Group Consulting 615.292.7819 MarkertGroupConsulting.comBe proactive. Now is not the time to sit back and wait for customers to come to you. Special events can be... more »

Fees for Nothing

As a merchant, every time you accept a customer's credit, PIN debit or signature debit card, you pay a "Merchant Discount Rate" (a percentage of that transaction), and various fees, that are distributed to the... more »

Conquering the Credit Crunch

Rick Claesson, owner of Madly Pop'n, has been a successful gourmet food gift retailer for 24 years in Oak Park, IL. Unfortunately, a slowing economy over the last year and customers who are more careful... more »

The Price is Right! Or is it?

Pricing is Critical While retailers understand that pricing is a necessary component to doing business, do all retailers understand the critical importance of pricing as it relates to the branding, profitability and the long-term success... more »

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November 30, 2017 - December 3, 2017

TransWorld’s Holiday Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show

Schaumburg, IL
December 2, 2017 - December 4, 2017

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Charlotte, NC
December 3, 2017 - December 6, 2017

Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show

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