retail

NRF says economy experiences ongoing expansion despite uncertainty

The Federal Reserve faces “a tricky job” in addressing inflation but continuing growth in employment, wages and consumer spending make it unlikely the effort will backfire into a major setback for the economy, Jack Kleinhenz,... more »

IMC and Gift for Life partner to raise funds for crisis-related hunger relief

Gift for Life and International Market Centers have partnered to raise funds for crisis-related hunger relief through a new fundraiser, Come Together, which runs June 1- Aug. 1, 2022. The initiative, which bridges IMC’s digital... more »

Gift Sales Manager Association hosts Fall 2022 Virtual Conference

The Gift Sales Manager Association (GSMA) announced its Fall 2022 Virtual Conference, Oct. 11-12, 2022. New for 2022, the GSMA will be offering a Road Show during the Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas Summer Markets.... more »

burton + BURTON welcomes new designer 

burton + BURTON announced that Jacob McCall, AIFD, AAF, FSMD, CFD, will join the design team. McCall will also serve as an instructor at the upcoming burton + BURTON 40th anniversary celebration, Ballooniversity. [caption id="attachment_81980"... more »
Plant Parent Collection from Primitives by Kathy

Spontaneous Inclinations

Retail basics seem to work best when it comes to impulse-gift options — it’s about the item, its location and its price. Shoppers gravitate towards products that “speak” to them or provide a gift-giving solution,... more »
Abby McGarry

Lawn & Garden Retailer welcomes new editorial director

Great American Media Services, publisher of Lawn & Garden Retailer (L&GR), Greenhouse Product News, Gift Shop® Plus and Stationery Trends, has appointed Abby McGarry (Kleckler) to the role of editorial director of its horticulture division.... more »

U.S. ports set new record for imports

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports set a new record this spring and are expected to see near-record volume this month as retailers bring in merchandise ahead of rising costs and further supply... more »
Story & Song Bookstore Bistro

An Informal Hub

Donna Paz Kaufman and her husband, Mark, opened Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, an independent bookstore café in Amelia Island, Florida in 2018, but have devoted their careers to helping others launch bookstores since the... more »

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