September 22, 2017 gathers brand visionaries in LA to discuss what’s next for digital retail

WHAT: hosts more than 3,000 retail professionals for immersive talks, networking events, live podcasts and technology demonstrations providing insight into the future of the digital retail industry. WHO:  Executives from Walmart, Disney, Macy’s, DSW and Ashley... more »

September 21, 2017
Shoppers plan to spend 25 percent more at small businesses next year, new study finds

More than a quarter of U.S. consumers say that they’re likely to shop at small businesses more often in 2018 than they did in 2017, according to a recent survey from Vistaprint (NASDAQ:CMPR). Consumer shopping trends for 2018 The... more »

September 21, 2017
NRF to launch ‘Consumer View’ a new quarterly research report at

WHAT:  On the last day of NRF’s annual digital commerce show,, NRF will release a new consumer research report named ‘Consumer Views.’ NRF’s Vice President of Research Mark Mathews, NRF Director Retail and Consumer Insights... more »

September 21, 2017
Halloween spending to reach record $9.1 billion

With more people celebrating, Americans will splurge on costumes, candy and pumpkins for a record $9.1 billion in Halloween spending this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and... more »

September 21, 2017
Kenya School & Office Expo debuts in May

Maxton Global Ltd presents for the first time an exhibition in Kenya focusing on Stationery, Writing Instruments, Paper, Back-to-School, Office Supplies & Technology Products. It will be held from 18-20 May 2018 at The Sarit Exhibition Centre, Nairobi... more »

September 20, 2017
Celebrity entrepreneurs, startup founders, retail CEOs among speakers at NRF’s conference

CEOs, startup founders, top business school professors and entertainment luminaries will discuss the changing retail landscape and how digital commerce is transforming business to better engage consumers as more than 2,500 leading members of the... more »

September 19, 2017
Millennials are finally forming households: what it means for retailers

Young American adults have put off establishing families and setting up households longer than any generation has previously. More and more millennials have opted to live with their parents longer, defer marriage and buy houses... more »

September 19, 2017
Paperworld Trends 2018/19: three styles that focus on modern workplaces and office lifestyles

Paperworld combines, under the one roof, the two major areas of product demand: on the one hand, commercial office requisites (The visionary office) and, on the other, private requirements for paper, stationery and school requisites... more »

September 19, 2017
Retailers say U.S. ‘must compete’ on corporate tax rate

The National Retail Federation told Congress that lawmakers need to lower the nation’s corporate tax rate in order to remain competitive in the global economy and to keep high taxes from hampering job creation. “The... more »

September 19, 2017
Calendar bulletin: Las Vegas Market announces 2018 dates

Las Vegas Market, a comprehensive gift, furniture and home décor market featuring more than 4,000 lines as well as unique west coast resources, has announced the following dates for its winter and summer 2018 editions:... more »

September 19, 2017
Handmade in Appalachia; Craft store provides outlet for over 120 artists

There are no “Made in China” stickers here. Therica Breazeale, administrator for the Coalition for Appalachian Ministry Cabin Crafts, sees to it that every single item for sale at this gift shop in Wears Valley... more »

September 19, 2017
Kate Spade to launch first UK store outside London

Kate Spade new york, the American global, modern luxury accessory and lifestyle brand, announces plans to launch its first full-price standalone store outside London at Bluewater, Europe’s leading retail and leisure destination. kate spade new... more »

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