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Gift Shop® Plus seeks images of storefront makeovers

Gift Shop® Plus is currently asking readers to submit before and after photos of storefront makeovers. Any retail gift or specialty shop is invited to participate in this free opportunity to be considered for an... more »

NRF shares that higher wages could lead to more inflation

Strong consumer spending over the past year has been boosted by government stimulus programs but will rely more on the labor market and job creation as the benefits of those efforts subside, Jack Kleinhenz, chief... more »
Georgia's proclamation of September being Balloon Month

Georgia Governor proclaims September Balloon Month

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued a proclamation declaring September as Balloon Month in Georgia. Thanks to the dedication of Maxine Burton, founder and president, and Bob Burton, COO, of burton + BURTON, the proclamation... more »
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National Candle Association celebrates World Candle Month

Established in 2013 by the National Candle Association (NCA), World Candle Month is celebrated every September and promotes the various ways candles enrich people's daily lives. “This celebration is just one of the many ways... more »

Maxine H. Burton joins the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board of Governors

Maxine H. Burton was appointed to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Board of Governors by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. The governor-appointed group of fifteen oversees the largest combined convention, sports, and entertainment campus... more »

COVID-19 impacts continue to define consumer behaviors

While COVID-19 defined consumer behaviors in 2020—from a moratorium on travel to a burst in online sales—its impacts will still be felt in 2021. Consumers are split down the middle when it comes to choosing... more »

Shoppers’ expectations shift since the start of the pandemic

According to Appnovation’s latest consumer research, Digital Innovation for the Experience Economy: Retail, over 70% of North American consumers agree that digital technologies have made their shopping experiences more convenient, but only 1 in 5 rate... more »

Retailers prepare for staffing shortages this holiday season

In June, the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a revised annual forecast for 2021 that expects retail sales will increase to more than $4.44 trillion as a recovery continues from the pandemic. Even with this... more »

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