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Shopping Safely

States and retailers have begun to navigate reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic, and the reality is that this “new normal” may be here to stay for (at least) the foreseeable future. For retailers, this means... more »
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Why SEO Matters for Specialty Retailers

Today, independent retailers aren’t just competing with other owner-operated shops in town. Online retailers of all sizes are trying to take a piece of the gift industry pie, and it is up to shops to... more »
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Great Things Come in Small Packages

There are several things to consider with a small-spaced store, but the “wow” factor can still be achieved. Overall, there are three factors to consider: layout, inventory and product. LAYOUT This is a notable challenge... more »

Small Space, Big Appeal

Last year I attended MSA Forward in San Diego. During my time there I attended several educational sessions, and one common challenge stood out as I listened to retailers in attendance. Many managers and buyers... more »
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Selling CBD?

As the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products continues to grow, many specialty gift retailers may be wondering if that's a market they should serve. And with a new study from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market... more »

Power of Loyalty

A gift shop’s bottom line can sometimes live and die by repeat business, as loyal customers come more frequently and typically spend more on a given visit. That’s why savvy retailers take part in some... more »

Building the List

Some people seem to think email is dead — but the reality is, it is still very much alive. While some businesses have guest books with thousands of email addresses and no idea what to... more »

Marketing to Shoppers Under 40

“Customer-centric” is a marketing buzzword that’s often used to describe the type of experience that attracts millennial and Gen Z consumers. Yet a recent slew of ridiculous crowd-funded campaigns – such as KFC’s Kentucky Fried... more »

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