October 3, 2017
Ace Hardware acquires majority stake in e-commerce startup The Grommet

 Ace Hardware Corporation and The Grommet, today announced that Ace Hardware has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in e-commerce startup, The Grommet.    The Grommet operates an e-commerce website that markets and sells new and... more »

September 29, 2017
LA Mart announces return of temporary exhibits during markets

LA Mart, the West Coast’s largest gift & home wholesale buying resource announced that they will once again produce 2nd floor temporary exhibits that will debut during the 2018 Winter Market, January 18 -22, 2018.... more »

September 28, 2017
SBA rolls out new lender match tool to connect small businesses with lenders

 Administrator Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the launch of Lender Match, the SBA’s online referral tool connecting small business borrowers with participating SBA lenders.  Lender Match is an upgrade to... more »

September 28, 2017
Heartstrings closes its doors

"The decision to close an operation is always a very difficult and emotional one. There is no good time to implement such a decision. Our retailers and our employees remain a priority even at the time of this closure.... more »

September 28, 2017
National Retail Federation president and CEO to host media briefing on 2017 holiday forecast

WHAT: Following the release of NRF’s annual holiday forecast on Tuesday, October 3, National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay will host a special media briefing to provide an in-depth analysis of NRF’s holiday forecast and the factors... more »

September 28, 2017
NRF launches new quarterly report on consumer behavior

The National Retail Federation today launched Consumer View, a new quarterly report designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to stores, online channels, customer loyalty, technology and other issues. “The retail industry is changing... more »

September 28, 2017
Social media, retail executives among keynote speakers at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show

Senior executives from two of the internet’s largest social media platforms, the founder of one of the nation’s best-known online political publications and the head of a global food brand will be among the keynote... more »

September 28, 2017
Wise Olde Owl celebrates third anniversary

For Fremont residents looking for the perfect gift, one downtown store has it all. Whether it is greeting cards, gift towels, baby gifts, jewelry, stuffed animals, candles, hair care products, tea, wine accessories, Husker items,... more »

September 27, 2017
Primitives by Kathy Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Primitives by Kathy announces that Eric Pritchard has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position within the fast-growing gift and home décor company. Pritchard joins Kathy Phillips, Chief Executive Officer in leading the growth and market... more »

September 22, 2017
New product sectors, features draw industry’s top buyers to September ’17 edition of Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

From top concessionaires, museums, and zoos to destination retailers and other specialty stores, buyers from across the nation flocked  the Las Vegas Convention Center for the September 13 - 16, 2017 edition of the Las... more »

September 22, 2017
Chicago Toy & Game Week announces preliminary lineup, 2017 theme

From the larger-than-life game of Build or Boom and the Rummikub National Championship to the Illinois State Yoyo Competition and the opportunity for inventors to develop their craft, expand their networks and pitch industry heavyweights, the 2017 Chicago Toy... more »

September 22, 2017
Kobi Yamada’s “What Do You Do…” series celebrates 55 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list

The award-winning “What Do You Do…” series celebrates a combined 55 weeks on the The New York Times Best-Seller List in the Children’s Picture Book Category. Now in its 36th week on the list, “What Do... more »

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