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October 8, 2021
Retail imports remain high but port congestion remains

Imports at the nation’s largest retail container ports should remain at near-record levels this month but could see a slight dip from last year’s unusually high numbers as congestion slows the movement of backed-up cargo,... more »

October 7, 2021
The Toy Association unveils the hottest toy trends of the holiday season

The Toy Association trends team unveiled the hottest toy trends of the '21 holiday season, offering an inside look at some of the fastest growing fads in the toy and play space – from innovative... more »

October 7, 2021
IMC’s High Point Market offers Instagram takeover with seven design experts

International Market Centers (IMC) expands its Market Pros to the Fall High Point Market with seven design experts set to take over the DesignOn HPMKT by IMC Instagram account to share new finds during the... more »

October 5, 2021
NRF says shoppers are still spending

Despite falling consumer confidence numbers amid the recent rise in COVID-19 infections, shoppers are continuing to spend, Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist for National Retail Federation said. “With consumer spending accounting for roughly two-thirds of U.S.... more »

October 5, 2021
DMC shares expansions for October Apparel & Accessories Market

Following the best-attended spring and summer markets in more than a decade, Dallas Market Center (DMC) announced details for its upcoming Apparel & Accessories Market, Oct. 26-29, 2021, including expanded temps, new showrooms, and a... more »

October 4, 2021
About Face Designs acquires Brownlow Gifts

About Face Designs, based in Highland Park, Illinois announced the acquisition of Brownlow Gifts, an inspirational gift company based in Fort Worth, Texas. “The purchase of Brownlow Gifts is a strategic expansion by About Face... more »

October 4, 2021
GCA receives recognition for its Black Makers Pitch Program

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) was honored with the highest recognition, the Summit Award for Diversity & Inclusion, for its Black Makers Pitch Program. The honor was bestowed at the annual American Society of Association... more »

October 4, 2021
IHGF Delhi Fair readies for in-person October event

The wait for IHGF Delhi Fair in its signature form is over as the 52nd edition returns to the India Expo Centre & Mart, Oct. 28-31, 2021. The show connects India's manufacturers of home, lifestyle,... more »

October 4, 2021
DEMDACO and OneCoast part ways

OneCoast and DEMDACO mutually announced the end of their representation agreement effective Jan. 1, 2022. The representation agreement was initiated in January of 2016 and has come to a natural end at the end of... more »

September 30, 2021
ToyFest West celebrates 60 years

The Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA) celebrates its Diamond Anniversary with 60 years of producing its toy show in the west! To celebrate this accomplishment, the WTHRA Board of Directors have chosen to... more »

September 30, 2021
The Metropolitan Museum of Art unveils new licensing partnerships

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) unveiled new licensing partnerships across home décor, fashion accessories, gifting and educational games. The first of these new licensing collaborations will launch to consumers and the trade this... more »

September 29, 2021
New York Tabletop Show welcomes two new temporary brands

Forty One Madison welcomes two new temporary brands to the building for the upcoming New York Tabletop Show, Oct. 5-8. World renowned artist Hunt Slonem will be opening its Hop Up Shop Pop Up on... more »

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