Janie Cheek About Face Designs

About Face Designs welcomes Janie Cheek

About Face Designs announced that Janie Cheek has joined the company as its national sales manager. Cheek has worked in the gift and housewares industries since 2008 and most recently served as national sales manager... more »

NRF says retailers’ uncertainty transforms into recovery

As retailers head into the second half of 2021, the “great uncertainty” that clouded the nation’s economic outlook earlier in the year has transformed into evidence of an unprecedented recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, National... more »

Retail professionals say tech product launches accelerated during pandemic

Approximately 58% of retail professionals say the pandemic accelerated new technology-related product launches at their company, according to the new report, Using Retail Tech Innovation to Enhance the Customer Experience, released by global market research company... more »
Aquabun designs

Share Your Story: Aquabun

A maker who creates original paintings, gifts, jewelry and more. Liana Stadelmann, founder of Aquabun, is a watercolor artist who specializes in original fantasy animal paintings. Stadelmann has been drawing since she was three years... more »

Attendance up 25% at first show of the summer, Total Home & Gift Market in Dallas

The first show of the summer season has opened with record-setting attendance as retail decision makers from across the country attend Total Home & Gift Market in Dallas. Attendees are placing deep orders to fill... more »
Scars are Hot Card from Better and Company

Better and Company offers gifts and support for cancer fighters

This maker and retailer supports cancer fighters, caregivers and survivors with its products. Jessica Walker founded Better and Company, an online maker and retailer, in 2018 after her husband received a cancer diagnosis. "I noticed there were... more »

NRF revises retail growth forecast

The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued its revised annual forecast for 2021, anticipating that retail sales will now grow between 10.5% and 13.5% to more than $4.44 trillion this year as the economy accelerates its... more »

NRF reports retail container ports had the busiest April on record

Imports at the nation’s largest retail container ports saw their busiest April on record and May could turn out to have set a new all-time record as vaccines allowed consumers to return to normal shopping... more »

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