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December 14, 2018
Minted raises new capital to fuel expansion

Minted has raised $208 million in their Series E financing from the Permira funds as well as funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Minted plans to use the financing to expand... more »

December 13, 2018
MFA, Precious Moments sign licensing agreement

Mark Feldstein & Associates, Inc. (MFA), a product development company and importer of home décor, seasonal décor and giftware, has signed a licensing agreement with giftware manufacturer Precious Moments to design, manufacture and distribute inspirational... more »

December 13, 2018
Amazon looks to airports for expansion

In an effort to continue growth, Amazon is planning to bring its checkout-free format to airports. “For months, the world’s largest online retailer has been expanding Amazon Go, where customers scan their smartphones at a... more »

December 12, 2018
Constant Contact launches integration for Shopify

Constant Contact has launched an integration with Shopify, allowing merchants to send branded, targeted and automated emails to customers, including those who abandoned shopping carts, for higher conversion. The integration is timely with e-commerce sales... more »

December 11, 2018
Tastemade to receive ‘Design Influencer’ award

Food and travel network Tastemade will receive the third annual “Design Influencer of the Year” award at the Housewares Design Awards Celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Las Vegas Market. Founded in 2012, Tastemade is... more »

December 10, 2018
‘Brick-and-mobile’ is changing in-store shopping

Consumers are increasingly using their phones while in stores. From product reviews, price comparisons or looking for gift ideas, shoppers are turning to their mobile devices as a resource. Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of shoppers... more »

December 8, 2018
November retail jobs account for 12 percent of nationwide job growth

Retail industry employment in November increased by 18,600 jobs seasonally adjusted from October, accounting for 12 percent of the 155,000-job increase reported by the Labor Department for the economy overall, the National Retail Federation (NRF)... more »

December 6, 2018
Pantone announces the Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Life affirming coral hue energizes and enlivens with a softer edge Pantone, provider of professional color standards and digital solutions for the design industry, today announced PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral as the Pantone Color of... more »

December 5, 2018
Designer Greetings acquires V&M Sales

Designer Greetings Inc. announced today that it has acquired Iowa-based distributor V&M Sales. This marks the tenth acquisition for Designer Greetings since 2006. Others include: Card$mart, Glitterwrap, Red Farm Studio, Royal Greetings, enGreet, Treasure Greetings,... more »

November 30, 2018
Retail industry has record-breaking Thanksgiving weekend

More than 165 million Americans shopped either in stores or online through Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing the 164 million who had said they would shop in a consumer sentiment survey conducted ahead of the holiday, the National Retail Federation and... more »

November 30, 2018
Five retail trends to watch in 2019

In 2018 consumers have continued to turn to multichannel shopping and seeking out companies featuring products with purpose or focused on a cause. These trends will continue into the new year and redefine retail, according... more »

November 28, 2018
Thanksgiving weekend multichannel shopping up almost 40 percent over last year

From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, more than 165 million Americans shopped either in stores or online, surpassing the 164 million who had said they would shop in a consumer sentiment survey conducted ahead of the holiday,... more »

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