Is March supposed to come in like a lamb or a lion? I would really welcome a fluffy lamb right about now. January and February have given us several swift kicks in the behind, especially here in the midwest where we have racked up 15 snow days for our area schools and many local retailers have had to close up shop due to the Polar Vortex and crazy amounts of snow. I’m sure those retailers who lost hours will be the first in line for a good dose of sunshine, warmer temperatures and shoppers!
Inspiration. It’s all around us. We strive to inspire our readers with products, profiles and useful tips for retailing success, but we get our inspiration from you, our readers, vendor partners and the gift industry itself. We are truly lucky to serve such a creative community.
Welcome to 2019! We hope the holiday season was good for everyone in the Gift Shop community. There isn’t much time to regroup before the winter trade show season officially gets underway in Atlanta. From the looks of the previews we’ve seen, the industry is pulling out all of the stops to present the most innovative and creative products we’ve seen in a long time. Best wishes for safe travels and successful buying!
It’s the most, wonderful time...of the year. It is impossible to read that without the tune playing in your head, am I right? This year is shaping up to be one for the books so hang on to your hat. The Thanksgiving weekend shopping statistics were very positive and a strong fourth-quarter finish will be good news for everyone. The biggest challenge may be embracing the craziness with a smile on your face!
Gratitude and thankfulness take center stage in the month of November. We have so much to be thankful for in this country and one of them is the right to vote. Please do your part by exercising your right tomorrow on election day. Take it one step further by encouraging your customers to do the same with an impromptu social media post. Offer them a discount in your store if they show off their “I Voted” sticker.
Welcome to October, the comfort food season. Today’s customers are hungry for foods that delight, satisfy and comfort. Their appetite for specialty food drove a $140 billion industry in 2017. That was an impressive 12.9 percent jump from 2015. And that craving is expected to be on a steady upswing for a while. Find out more about selling specialty foods in our feature “Tasting Menu.”