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October 21, 2021
Holiday spending reflects continued consumer demand

Consumers plan to spend $997.73 on gifts, holiday items and other non-gift purchases for themselves and their families this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper... more »

October 21, 2021
MarketTime acquires Brandwise

MarketTime, a provider of B2B omnichannel commerce solutions, announced the acquisition of Brandwise, a provider of sales enablement tools in the gift and home industries. The two companies bring more than 60 years of leadership... more »

October 19, 2021
Atlanta Apparel closes out 2021 with pre-pandemic participation levels

Atlanta Apparel, which ran Oct. 12-16 at AmericasMart Atlanta, wrapped up its last market of 2021 with pre-pandemic buyer attendance and its largest ever number of resources, marked by a successful first-time expansion of temporary exhibits to five floors as well as growth across all sectors... more »

October 19, 2021
IMC names six Market Snapshot People’s Choice winners at Fall 2021 High Point Market

International Market Centers (IMC) has named six products – including furniture, textiles and architectural elements by Hooker Furniture, Modway, Native Spun, Pearl Mantels, Poetic Pillow and Union Home – as the Fall 2021 High Point... more »

October 19, 2021
Norman’s Hallmark expands with new store locations

Norman's Hallmark, an independent owner of Gold Crown Hallmark stores, has expanded its brick-and-mortar footprint with a portfolio of eight additional locations in four states. The strategic acquisition – including Hallmark stores in Freehold, Moorestown... more »

October 18, 2021
September retail sales increase despite supply chain disruptions

Retail sales increased again in September as worries about the COVID-19 delta variant pushed consumer spending toward merchandise rather than services like dining, entertainment or travel despite supply chain disruptions and inflation, the National Retail... more »

October 14, 2021
IMC’s Fall 2021 High Point Market offers 70+ exhibitor updates and more

International Market Centers (IMC) is preparing to welcome designers and retailers to its 17 High Point properties with updated resources – including 72 new, relocated and expanded brands – complemented by a full roster of... more »

October 14, 2021
Spielwarenmesse’s International TrendCommittee focuses on green toys

Sustainability has become a highly significant topic worldwide. The International TrendCommittee for the Spielwarenmesse is similarly devoting its efforts to this development. To highlight the importance of the topic within the toy industry, the 13... more »

October 13, 2021
Mud Pie helps retailers get a jump on spring and summer orders

Retailers know that planning ahead will be essential for 2022. Solid consumer demand and a backlog of supply chain issues show no signs of waning. Mud Pie is leveraging 30+ years of industry experience, combined... more »

October 13, 2021
Gift for Life celebrates World Food Day

After the success of Gift for Life’s "Feed the Hungry. Feel the Good." fundraising campaigns during events in 2021, and in honor of World Food Day, Gift for Life has extended its commitment to World... more »

October 12, 2021
Plivo survey reveals holiday shoppers want to hear from retailers

Plivo, the cloud communications platform that enables businesses to engage with their customers, announced the results of its Holiday Shopping Communications Survey. The survey, conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Plivo, polled... more »

October 11, 2021
Atlanta Market anticipates strongest market in two years

Atlanta Market is encouraging buyers and sellers to rediscover, reconnect and get inspired this Winter as it plans for the return to a full market experience highlighted by expanded resources and a complete roster of... more »

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