Fair Trade for Better Business

Fair Trade

Fair trade is a social movement with a goal of helping artisans, makers, farmers, and producers, usually in developing countries, realize better trading conditions and promote sustainability. [Read more]

Trending Products for 2017

Trending Products

Retail sales are expected to grow 3.4% in 2017. Many sellers and shoppers alike are optimistic that 2017 will breathe change and new life into our industry. [Read more]

Federal Judge Blocks Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

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Earlier this year, the Obama administration and Department of Labor passed a groundbreaking update to the national overtime rule. The new regulation, scheduled to take effect on December 1st would raise the salary threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. In other words, all employees, with a few exceptions, who are salaried under $47,476 […]

Prepping for Small Business Saturday

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The crisp smell of fresh greens, the bite of cold wind, the twinkle of little white lights strung across doorways and shop windows – you know what season it is! Which means we hardly need to remind you that Small Business Saturday, the independent retailer’s biggest day of the year, is right around the corner. [Read more]

Store Environment: Your Customer is Key

customer is key

For retailers, the shopping environment is a combination of many decisions, including the store location, format, layout, and design. At the core, however, decisions about the shopping environment are not about locations or formats or layouts or channels or media. [Read more]

Valentine’s Day Planning

Valentine's

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), nearly fifty-five percent of consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day, with total spending reaching a high of $19.7 billion dollars, up from $18.9 billion in 2015, and $17.3 billion in 2014. [Read more]

Spotlight: Souvenir Trends this Season

Souvenir Trends

Souvenir sales make up 30 percent of the total gift market. As evidenced by over $17 billion in annual revenue, the gift industry is constantly growing. [Read more]

Expert Tips to Grow Your Souvenir Sales

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The U.S. gift, novelty, and souvenir industry includes roughly 24,000 stores with a combined annual revenue of $17 billion, according to First Research. [Read more]

How to Create a Mobile-Friendly Experience in Your Store

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A quick look around a crowded store can often make one thing clear: today’s shoppers won’t venture too far without their phones. According to a recent survey from SessionM, ninety percent of retail shoppers use their smartphones while in-store. [Read more]

Booming Pet Industry

Booming Pet Industry

By nature, the retail business has ups and downs. The economy changes and trends go in and out of style. But over the past few years, the pet industry has proved almost infallible. [Read more]

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