Management

Spooktacular Sales!

The numbers speak for themselves. Last year, Halloween sales were forecast to reach $5.8 billion. As Halloween has increasingly become a social party occasion, that number has been steadily trending upward. And this means plenty... more »

Timely Tax Tips

There are a number of steps that every gift retailer can take to minimize taxes. Here are a few. This is the first year in which gift retailers can convert funds in regular Individual Retirement... 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 »

Survival Skills

Q: I have heard that many consumers are clamping down and only buying essentials. I don't stock many "essentials." What should I do? Should I be changing my inventory mix now? To what?Bob Negen of... more »

Making Cross-Cultural Connections Work

On her first trip to China, Susan Bristol, who speaks three languages—English, French and Greek—and is co-owner of Asian Village Antiques in Edwards, CO wondered why the Chinese she spoke to giggled when she said... more »

Rushed or Relaxed: Make Every Customer Visit Count!

You can see it in their eyes as these customers walk in your store—that sense of anxiety over finding the perfect gift in a limited amount of time. Many of your customers routinely put off... more »

Upcoming Trade Shows

Dec 2 – 5

One of a Kind Holiday Show

Chicago, IL USA
Dec 5 – 8

Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show

Myrtle Beach, SC USA
Dec 10 – 12

Helen Brett Holiday Market

Gonzales, LA USA
Jan 5 – 7, 2022

Surf Expo

Orlando, FL USA
Jan 5 – 11, 2022

Dallas Total Home & Gift Market

Dallas, TX USA
Jan 6 – 9, 2022

Lightovation: Dallas International Light Show

Dallas, TX USA
Jan 11 – 13, 2022

Halloween & Party Expo Virtual Experience

Las Vegas, NV USA
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