Retailer Features

GIFT SHOP Magazine’s 2008 Ultimate Makeover

It was the letter that sealed the case. When GIFT SHOP announced an open call for entries for its 2008 Ultimate Makeover Contest, all the entries we received were equally compelling. But one letter, written... more »

How can retailers boost sales every winter holiday season?

How can retailers boost sales every winter holiday season? It's make or break with the winter holidays. Are you prepared? Here are some tips to always make the season work for you. Trip Van Roden... more »

Permanent Botanicals: Make Your Profits Blossom!

Smarty Plants J M. H. Schwanke, a floral industry expert, believes the word "permanent" is a better qualifier for the stunning and gorgeous variety of flowers, bushes and greenery sold by many wholesalers. The care... more »

Party Your Way to Profits

Trend drivers Your customers are entertaining now more than ever. Anecdotal evidence points to more cozy parties, intimate gatherings and events. Today, entertaining is all about creating memorable moments rather than "jumping through gastronomic hoops... more »

From Smiles to Sales

Why humor is a hit Humor sells. Arguably nobody knows this better than retailer Rosanne Brown whose store, Venice Stationers, caters to a retirement community in Venice, FL. Brown finds a little light-heartedness always works.... more »

Global Goods

Socially responsible consumerism The way Laura Wendell tells it, when customers buy her store's offerings, there are three factors that work together to seal the deal: the products are beautiful; they are functional and well-made;... more »

The Sweet Smell of Success

Everybody Loves Flowers There's a simple reason Americans spent around $7 billion dollars on flowers last year: Everybody loves them. "Everybody loves to receive flowers and be around them," says Paul Goodman, a financial consultant... more »

Clean, Green Profits

Decoding the lingo Lucas Heldfond sees it every day. The owner of Spring, a store in San Francisco that specializes in "green" products, says that green has increasingly become a buzzword in consumers' consciousness.Ruby Gonzalez... more »

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