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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.
02/01/2013 - Offprice On Top
Each year, trade shows are recognized for overall attendance, exceptional exhibit spaces and outstanding product offerings. In 2012, the OFFPRICE Show received a nomination as one of the fastest growing trade shows in terms of exhibit space and won for its overall growth in 2011, for a combination of the February and August shows. With 17 years under its belt, the OFFPRICE Show and its team of organizers have the attendee and exhibitor experiences down to a science, starting with the timing of the February show. "OFFPRICE in February is held during Las Vegas Fashion Week, which is a key component in the planning of the show," explains Stephen Krogulski, CEO. This strategic timing enables buyers to purchase goods as close as possible to upcoming seasons, while affording them the advantage of viewing future fashion trends in advance. "It allows retailers to make very opportunistic buys," he continues.
08/01/2012 - Consumers Demand Simple Site Navigation and Reviews
A report from A.T. Kearney suggests that ecommerce vendors are seeing increased interest from consumers with the web becoming an avenue for
07/01/2012 - There's an App for That
Mobility changed communication. Freedom from wires and landlines, freedom from cables, cords and tangles has spread like wildfire in a culture that prizes speed and efficiency. The demand for mobility has affected the way we live and, in turn, the way customers shop. Text-ready thumbs are now interested in making purchases, placing orders online via cell phones and tablets.
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.
12/01/2011 - ThermoServ Beverageware
If you are currently drinking out of an insulated thermos, mug, or tumbler with your college or favorite brand's insignia on it, there is a really good chance ThermoServ made it.
09/01/2011 - The Perfect Cart Experience
Ask any number of shoppers what elements would need to be present to create the perfect cart experience and likely there will be a variety of different answers.
08/01/2011 - Gift And Decor Wholesalers Adapt and Thrive
The gift and decor industry covers a wide range of merchandise, but some universal trends can be found when taking a closer look at the industry?s suppliers.
01/01/2010 - MK Brings Good Life to Water
The Good Life Gear product line from MK Distributors Inc. includes stainless steel water bottles with clever twists that make using them much more fun and functional than similar products.
11/01/2009 - What Makes Web Retail Tick
Calling ecommerce, "The bright side of retail," during her keynote address at the 2009 Shop.org Annual Summit, Sucharita Mulpuru of Forrester Research spelled out six things online retailers have done right.
11/01/2009 - Kiosks Spread Fun
Fun always attracts attention, especially if the source is something novel.
09/01/2009 - D.C. Jaymes & Company
This is a supplier of virtually all the pricing and tagging supplies and equipment needed in a retail store.
09/01/2009 - Building Brands At Kiosks
Just like any retailer, a kiosk or cart vendor that turns their business into a brand, increases the odds of succeeding and even expanding.
07/01/2009 - Cure Breast Cancer
PINK WHOLESALE offers about 50 different products, all carrying a depiction of the pink ribbon that has come to signify the search for a cure for breast cancer.
05/01/2009 - Vapor Water
ARIZONA BEVERAGE COMPANY has introduced Vapor Water, a vapor distilled water infused with a balanced blend of electrolytes.
03/01/2009 - Golden Triangle Shows
Since their inception in Greensboro, NC in 2000, the Golden Triangle Shows have grown to nine shows in three different southeastern venues.
02/01/2009 - Trio of Lovable Pals
VITTLE BUDDIES has launched a line of novelty personalities called, Vittle Buddies, which began with, "Potato Pals."
01/01/2009 - Marketing Closeouts - The Pleasure Principle
People do things because of the feelings those things create.
12/01/2008 - Sales Tips for Indy Retailers
The retail environment is now especially challenging for the small, independent retailer who is not only faced with penny pinching consumers, but also with giant retailers slashing prices.
06/01/2008 - Education For Sellers At eBay Live 2008
Later this month, more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and other businesspeople will convene at McCormick Place West in Chicago. They will be in attendance for the seventh annual eBay Live Show, which runs June 19-21.
04/01/2008 - Specialty Retail Success
Retail success is ultimately based on a foundation of product, place, people and time. Smart entrepreneurs consider all four thoughtfully before launching any new retail venture, or developing a strategy for expansion.
04/01/2008 - Exist or Not Exist: Securing the Buyer's Attention
In last month's column, I wrote about building sales momentum through relevance and consistency.
03/01/2008 - Building Relevance And Sales Momentum
Relevance occurs when an input (a sight, sound, a display, words) connects with an individual's background to yield conclusions that matter to them, like answering a question
02/01/2008 - Largest ASD Vegas Show
More than 3,100 top exhibitors from around the world will gather in Las Vegas March 2 through 5 for the 2008 ASD/AMD Trade Shows
01/01/2008 - Generating Post Sale Buys
In the last column I provided ten sure-fire ways to reduce your shopping cart abandonment rate.
12/01/2007 - Gourmet Lip Balm
CRAZY RUMORS introduces all natural gourmet and vegan lip balms. There are 12 in the series, six in different COFFEE flavors and six in different tea flavors.
11/01/2007 - Edible Greetings
CREATIVE IDEA SHOP offers Popcorn Greetings.
10/01/2007 - Stores Within Stores
Whether multiple retailers join forces in one location, or one retailer segregates a department into a boutique, the store within a store concept proliferates.
10/01/2007 - Linking Housewares To Foods
Today's specialty food market is vibrant and growing, and it's an opportunity for housewares retailers to grow their business
08/01/2007 - Impulse Is Key To Kiosk Sales
Merchandising from a kiosk or cart, more than from an inline mall store, relies on getting attention and stopping passersby in their tracks.
07/01/2007 - Small Retailers vs. Big Boxes
How do independent retailers compete with the, "big boxes?" Let us face it: It is hard to beat the economies of scale that the big boys enjoy in the retail market.
07/01/2007 - Fridge Funnel
SGB INNOVATIONS LLC introduces Fridge Funnel, a handy funnel that allows people to fill big vessels directly from the refrigerator door's water and ice dispenser.
03/01/2007 - Hot Kitchen Items
The U.S. market for small kitchen appliances is hot and getting hotter. A new report predicts the market will top $2.7 billion in 2010.