Why is the US Slow to Adopt New Payment Technologies?


The U.S., which is normally a leader in innovation, has fallen behind when it comes to renovating payment methods. In the U.S., mobile payment transactions reached $112 billion by the end of 2016.

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Urban Expositions Launches New Trade Show

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Urban Expositions, a leader in the Gift & Souvenir tradeshow business, announced on Friday the launch of The Gathering West, a by-invitation-only hosted event for the souvenir & gift market’s winter buying needs. The Gathering West is being launched as a west coast version of Urban Expositions’ The Gathering, which takes place in the fall […]

Fashion Vending Machines: The Next-Gen Pop-up?


Retail vending machines have begun popping up across the U.S. They offer convenience to shoppers and extra revenue for retailers. They are a great way to boost business without making a big commitment.

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How to Retain Loyal Customers and Evolve Your Business

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At this year’s NRF Big Show, we sat down with Nikki Barua, CEO of Beyond Curious Inc. Beyond Curious is a digital transformation consultancy that helps brands undergo rapid transformations to stay ahead of competition.

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Where is Pepper Now?


Pepper, a humanoid robot by SoftBank Robotics, serves as a day-to-day companion for humans. A year ago, Independent Retailer interviewed Steve Carlin, vice president and general manager of SoftBank.

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It’s A Jungle Out There


As big retailers downsize and small shops are on the rise, shopping malls are repurposing their space.

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Hiring Top Talent in Today’s Retail Environment


For independent retailers, providing an exceptional in-store experience is everything. In order to provide an exceptional experience, you also need exceptional employees.

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Brick and Mortar Strikes Back

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Retailers are fighting against online-only stores by focusing on the consumer. Connecting with consumers is easier for brick and mortars for multiple reasons.

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Golden Triangle Shows: Your Source for Fashion Jewelry and Apparel


Golden Triangle Shows, also known as GT Shows or GTS, is one of the industry’s top trade shows for high-quality fashion and accessories. “We bring the biggest, latest, and trendiest collection of jewelry, apparel, accessories and gifts to one huge event,” says Bobby Siddiqui, show director, “Our mission statement is to make it easy for […]



The first GlobalShop show and conference took place in Chicago in 1993 and was called The Store Fixturing Show. Now, 25 years later and after rapid growth and expanded product categories, GlobalShop is an “evolved concept, serving the entire figurative world of store design.”

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