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April 2016 Issue
It’s hard to fathom how quickly retail is changing as a result of smart mobile devices. Go back just a few years – to 2007 – and watch Steve Jobs’ on-stage introduction of the original iPhone.
May is primetime for the start of the holiday buying season. Between stocking shelves for summer, back-to-school sales, and prepping for the holiday season ahead, all retailers are on the lookout for this year’s latest and greatest products.
Midwest Market Days is a business-to-business order writing show based out of the Chicago area for local and international retailers to meet with reputable wholesalers and importers.
“I’ve been in the licensing business for over 25 years,” says Star Cutouts owner Steve Hoagland. “It’s always great when licensors call me about becoming a licensee.”
“30% of homes in America have built-in counter soap dispensers,” explains Top Soap creator Michael Graziani. “Everyone who has one knows how much of a pain it is to refill.
Whether you’re shopping for the latest in vacation and resort wear, souvenirs, or any type of gift merchandise, retailers in-the-know have begun planning their fall trip to the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® and the Souvenir Super Show®, otherwise known as IGES/SSS.
“The idea behind SunSandals originated when the mother-in-law of a friend started making beaded barefoot sandals by hand, based on something similar she had worn in the ’70s,” explains SunSandal Sales and Office Manager Shelley Miracle.
As retailers, it’s easy to focus on the revenue driving aspects of your store.
Pinnacle International Agencies is a wholesale distributor of licensed loungewear, accessories, and new lighting products.