Top Takeaways from NRF 2018

Levi's Mainstage NRF 2018

“Retail is not dead,” declared Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, Sunday morning amidst indisputable evidence: the NRF 2018 Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab is a gathering of top technologies shaping the future of retail. Last year, we met Pepper the Robot in the NRF Innovation Lab. This year, companies such […]

See What’s New at the Las Vegas Winter Market

LV Market

Since its launch in the summer of 2005, Las Vegas Market (LVMKT) has become the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the Western United States. With 4,000+ lines in a world-class destination, LVMKT offers efficient access to furniture, bedding, lighting, flooring, accessories and gift resources as well as signature west coast introductions […]

5 Tips for Starting Your Own Subscription Box

subscription box

For independent retailers, subscription boxes and clubs are a great way to increase revenues and build customer loyalty.

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Subscription Box Boom


Subscription services were a hot topic in 2017. The apparel startup Stitch Fix® exploded with success, Amazon is beta testing a similar product called Amazon Prime Wardrobe, and Under Armour® and Gap® also jumped in on the idea.

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Then & Now: A Look Back at Last Year’s Retail Predictions


This time last year, in the cover story of our January 2017 issue titled, “What’s Next For Retail?” we made some predictions on what would happen in our industry over the course of 2017.

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Retail 2018: What’s Next?


According to headlines, 2017 was the year of the “Retail Apocalypse.

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QMT Windchimes® Make the Wind Sing®


Wind chimes date back to Ancient Rome and Eastern and Southeast Asia. The chimes were used to ward off evil spirits and to bring good fortune

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Thinking Big by Going Small: Why Chain Stores are Trying to Mimic Independents

small business

For over a century, mom and pop businesses have been the backbone of American communities.

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Most Popular Toys Through the Decades

Holiday 2017

Each year, there is one must-have toy of the holiday season. Ebates takes a look back on the most popular toys from the past three decades, including the unforgettable Tickle Me Elmo, Furbies, Cabbage Patch, and more including their predictions for this year’s hottest toy.  The Most Popular Toys Through the Decades Created By: Ebates

Bracing for Holiday Returns

holiday returns

Did you know one in three gifts are returned? As retailers are counting their successes this holiday season, savvy stores are also planning for the logistical nightmare that lays ahead. Post-holiday returns are not a new phenomenon, but it is increasingly problematic. By the time the holidays are over, around $80 billion worth of merchandise […]