The Naked Bee: Operation Pollination

naked bee

Naked Bee is a wholesale manufacturer of natural body care products. [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]

Smoky Mountain Gift Show: Southern Hospitality at its Finest

Smoky Mountain Gift Show

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show returns to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, November 2-5, 2016. [Read more]

Q&A with IGES®

Q&A with IGES

It was recently announced in August that Emerald Expositions, owner of ASD Market Week and Surf Expo, has acquired the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES®) and the Souvenir Super Show from Toledo, OH, based M&M Gift shows. [Read more]

Made in the USA Products for Better Business

Made in USA

Eighty percent of Americans will pay more for products that are labeled ‘Made in the USA.’ [Read more]

Plaques Make the Perfect Gift

SJT Enterprises

When searching for the perfect gift, customers look for a few basic traits: price, creativity, quality, and whether that gift can be meaningful for the person they are buying for. [Read more]

Wilcor Feeds Customer Profits


There’s nothing like direct customer feedback to see what’s working, and Wilcor was happy to get plenty of positive response to its new products at the recent IGES/SSS gift and souvenir show in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. [Read more]

4 Tips For Successful Local & Handcrafted Sales

4 Tips For Successful Local & Handcrafted Sales

It’s no secret that in our busy 21st century world, there’s a growing trend toward handcrafted, local, and American made goods. In an era where so much is mass-produced overseas and the latest gadgets come out every six months, people increasingly want to experience more authenticity in what they carry, wear, and bring into their homes. As a retailer, there’s nothing like the reward of supporting small-scale makers, enabling them to follow their passions by connecting them with new customers. [Read more]

Celebrate With Good Wish Umbrella

Celebrate With Good Wish Umbrella

Lillian Campo had been to enough bridal and baby showers, and organized enough events through her catering business to know that there had to be a better way to create that funny hat people make from the bows on gifts they receive. [Read more]

Made In USA In High Demand

Made in USA

According to retailers across the spectrum of industries and outlets, consumers are increasingly responsive to the “Made in USA” message. There are many possible explanations for this trend, including fallout from the recession, generational shifts and the changing global economy, which provide opportunities for retailers everywhere. [Read more]