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10/14/2016 - Southern Hospitality at its Best: Smoky Mountain Gift Show
For fifty-one years the Smoky Mountain Gift Show has served the souvenir and gift market. On November 2-5, 2016 it will be returning to the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, TN.
10/13/2016 - Winter 2017 Philadelphia Gift Show Highlights
The first gift show of the season for Northeast retailers.
10/13/2016 - Los Angeles Show Venues Join Forces
The LA Mart and Urban Expositions have joined to reorganize the Winter 2017 edition of Los Angeles Gift and Home Market Week.
10/13/2016 - The Big Kahuna: Off Season Show for Coastal Souvenir Retailers and Resorts
The Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show from Urban Expositions, coming to Myrtle Beach, SC December 4-7, 2016.
03/20/2015 - Annual TOY Fair Once Again a Success
Visitors from all over the world came together to network, buy and display the latest in TOYS, games and youth entertainment products.
03/01/2013 - ASIA AMERICA - Where Smart International Buyers Go in Miami
The Miami wholesale ASIA AMERICA trade show, now in its fourth year, is being held October 1-3, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The trade show has made history by becoming the "show to go to" for Caribbean, Central and South America buyers as well as for over 6,000 exporters and importers in the Miami area. More than 8,000 buyers who attended the 2012 show have done more than $50 million in business, according to exhibitors' estimates.
12/01/2012 - Mungi Bands are Kid Magnets
Children love silicone bracelets, and Chad Anger's three daughters are no exception. The problem with bracelets on the market, however, came into view when Anger found them discarded in a drawer after hardly being worn. When Anger, now Mungi Bands president, developed his bracelets, his children were instantly drawn to the silicone designs with magnetic closures, and were pleading for more.
12/01/2012 - Product Showcase - Hot Shades
Predicting the next hot look in sunglasses sometimes requires paying attention to celebrities, as consumers are influenced by the styles Hollywood starlets and heartthrobs sport in fashion magazines. As online wholesalers seek out the next big trend in eyewear, there are a few key themes that are expected to carry over from 2012 to 2013.
10/01/2012 - Asia America Trade Show Booms
Dubbed "The Show of the Future," the Asia America Trade Show, held September 11-13 in Miami Beach, FL, was a huge success, with 240 exhibitors and more than 8,000 buyers from 34 countries in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Florida alone has more than 6,000 exporters who seek out new technology and general merchandise to offer to their clients.
09/01/2012 - The TOPS of the Game
Plush cupcakes, skull shaped coin banks and metallic balls are more than just fun and games at TOY Network LLC. Those products are the latest stock fueling the company's success.
09/01/2012 - Collectibles Create a Craze
When it comes to making the web do work, Dimension 9 LLC is one company that knows how to strategically crack the whip. With 30 years in the gift and souvenir industry, the company has spent years perfecting products and learning from peers.
07/01/2012 - Innovative TOYS Create Sales
TOYS are always big sellers for independent retailers, whether for stocking shelves for the holidays or for year-round gifting occasions like birthdays. Marketers tend to agree that the more innovative the product, the greater the sales.
06/01/2012 - Robert Greenspan: Wholesale Legend
Robert E. Greenspan is one of the great American wholesale success stories of the last 40 years.
06/01/2012 - Wholesalers See Big Holiday Season
It's that important time of year again, when independent retailers begin buying holiday season products for their ecommerce warehouses and store shelves. What is going to be hot among Christmas and Hanukkah shoppers in 2012?
05/01/2012 - Drop Shipping For Retail ROI
E-retail companies and mom and pop shops that want to make more money without the potential of overstock headaches need not look further than drop shipping.
04/01/2012 - Global Imports Offers Wholesale Bargains
Global Imports, Inc., selling online at Hunnt.com, is a wholesale and closeout company that provides high quality goods at low prices.
03/01/2012 - Drop Shipping by Kole Imports, Part One
Kole Imports has been a successful wholesaler of general merchandise for the past 26 years, growing a solid customer base and building itself into a brand name in the industry.
12/01/2011 - World Trading 23 Expands
Online TOY wholesaler World Trading 23 has used the success of its strong and varied product line to expand into more independent retail and chain stores across the country, as well as retail locations of its own.
11/01/2011 - Novelties & Souvenirs Forecast
Although the economy continues to be sluggish, innovative gift and novelty dealers are finding ways to engage shoppers and bring some fun to a marketplace that desperately needs a few smiles.
09/01/2011 - Optimizing Search Results for Ecommerce
For many ecommerce merchants, customer traffic arrives primarily through search engines, including Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
09/01/2011 - Spring Trends Focus on Value
As the economy is still in a state of recovery, suppliers are working hard to offer deals that will help store owners survive.
08/01/2011 - Good Videos Can Boost Web Business
Would you watch a video of two dull people talking in a studio for 30 minutes?
07/01/2011 - Buy4Store Finds New Ways To Serve Retailers
While some wholesalers may do a single thing well, Buy4Store.com is continually refining new and multiple ways to provide profitable opportunities to its retailer buyers.
07/01/2011 - Asia America Trade Show
Surrounded by 43 countries from Central and South America and the Caribbean, Miami has been chosen for its high marketability to host the Asia America Trade Show (ACS America), scheduled for September 20 to 22.
07/01/2011 - ASD Show July 31 - Aug 3
Celebrating a milestone of 50 years, ASD continues to bring national wholesale buyers and sellers together to create the most dynamic B2B merchandise marketplace in the industry.
06/01/2011 - Responding To Customer Needs, TOY Network Continues To Evolve
Responding to a changing marketplace, TOY Network LLC enjoys success as a nimble TOY importer.
04/01/2011 - ASD Show 2011: Traffic Good, Exhibitors Pleased
The 2011 ASD Show in Las Vegas was thronged, and exhibitor reaction ranged from satisfied to ecstatic, reports from the show floor indicate.
03/01/2011 - Fearless Halloween Forecast
For retailers looking to cash in on America's love of Halloween, there are no tricks, even in a down economy.
02/01/2011 - TOY and Game Forecast
From radio band helicopters to rubber band bracelets, it is not easy to figure out the next hot TOY.
02/01/2011 - ASD Vegas Opens Feb. 27
The ASD Show returns to Las Vegas February 27 - March 2, attracting 40,000 to 50,000 attendees, with buyers from all over the U.S. and overseas.
12/01/2010 - World Trading 23 Upgrades For Growth
World Trading 23, an online specialty TOY wholesaler, has embarked on an ambitious program of upgrades and enhancements.
11/01/2010 - Via Trading Adds Spanish-Language Site
In November 2002, Via Trading made its first sale.
10/01/2010 - ASD Brings Buyers and Sellers Together
The leading wholesaler and supplier brands gathered at ASD Las Vegas from August 8-11.
09/11/2010 - Building Online Revenue with Affiliate Programs
Everyone wants to make more money. Affiliate programs are a great way to make more money with relatively little effort.
08/01/2010 - The Party Animal Inc. Unveils Lil' Teammates
Party Animal Inc. has become the talk of the sports TOY industry this year, thanks to a new line called Lil' Teammates.
08/01/2010 - Christmas & Holiday Preview
Might the nation's cash registers be set jing-jing-jingling again this upcoming holiday season?
07/01/2010 - The Party Animal Unveils Lil' Teammates
The Party Animal Inc. is the talk of the sports TOY industry this year,
06/01/2010 - Hot Bandz Bandwagon
A new kids' jewelry product has twanged and snapped its way into a genuine youth fad. Rubber band bracelets, known collectively as, "bandz," are the latest hot craze to pique the interest of the 12 and under set
06/01/2010 - Cracking the Code for Profits
The TOY market has always been difficult to gauge. Ever changing fads, not to mention the luxury item status of many TOYS during tougher economic times
05/01/2010 - Slingz Skateboard Strap
From Slingz LLC comes the SLINGZ, which is a unique, hands-free action sports strap for skateboards.
05/01/2010 - The Rise of Mobile Apps
To date, the world of mobile retail has been confined largely to promotion and marketing. But that looks to be changing greatly in the coming years, with a move into outright sales and revenue production via mobile applications.
03/01/2010 - Positive Trends for TOYS & Souvenirs
A decent holiday season and the generally positive economic outlook for 2010 are boding well for companies specializing in TOYS and souvenirs
02/01/2010 - ASD Show in Vegas Feb. 28
ASD Las Vegas, the nation's largest, most comprehensive merchandise show, runs from February 28 - March 3, 2010 at the Sands Expo Center and Las Vegas Convention Center.
11/01/2009 - TOYS R Us Opens Pop Ups
TOYS 'R' Us Inc. has announced it will set up 350 temporary stores and TOY boutiques during the holiday season.
11/01/2009 - Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters
NOVELTY GIFT COMPANY distributes Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters, TOYS that are gaining publicity as this year's Tickle Me Elmo and Cabbage Patch Dolls.
11/01/2009 - Knowing Your Market Share Will Set You Free
Do you know your market share? It isn't hard to figure out.
10/01/2009 - What's Hot for the Holidays?
GottaDeal.com, which has released early predictions of big sellers for Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) for the past six years, predicts what's hot for Black Friday 2009.
10/01/2009 - Things that Go Splat!
KAMHIWORLD introduces, "Splat Attack," a series of six different squishy, water filled creatures and designs that splat when thrown on a flat surface, and then quickly morph back into their original form.
10/01/2009 - Swine Flu Strategy
The timeworn adage: plan for the worst and hope for the best, applies to retailers as they head into flu season, which unfortunately coincides with their busiest season of the year.
10/01/2009 - Sears Adds TOY Shops
In time for the holiday shopping season, Sears has added new in-store TOY shops.