Top Six Toy Trends from New York Toy Fair

NY Toy Fair

Kids’ obsession with “unboxing” and collecting toys, a revival of nostalgic brands, and toys that teach children to be better global citizens are just a few of 2018’s biggest toy trends announced by The Toy Association at its 115th North American International Toy Fair, held February 17th – 20th at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.




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Why is the US Slow to Adopt New Payment Technologies?

Payment

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

The Gathering Logo

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?

Fashion

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

NRF Big Show

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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Indie Retailer Spotlight: Silver Touch

Silver Touch

Silver Touch started off as a home business and has grown into a successful independent gift and jewelry store. It is a leading retailer in downtown Bethel, CT.




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Where is Pepper Now?

Pepper

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

Malls

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

Hiring

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

brick and mortar

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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