Craft & Hobby Association rebrands as Association for Creative Industries

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), the premier trade association for the creative arts products industries, reveals it is rebranding as the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI). With the new brand name, AFCI launches a new story, strategic roadmap and visual identity, including a n... READ MORE »

NRF says consumers plan to save tax refunds for later

A record low number of Americans will spend their tax returns this year while the second-highest number on record will put the money into savings, according to the annual tax return surveyreleased today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “Financial securi... READ MORE »

Industry trends shine at NY NOW winter 2017 market

Earlier this month, NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, highlighted the hottest trends for tens of thousands of attendees at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City at the industry’s most expansive marketplace event. NY NOW provides an incredible platform for brands... READ MORE »

The National Stationery Show announces Buyer Education schedule

The National Stationery Show will present six buyer education seminars during the show May 21-24, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City. Industry experts will focus on topics including website/email best practices, in-store special events, color/design forecasts, and success tips for sm... READ MORE »

Messe Frankfurt shows begins new festive season with a host of fresh ideas

Innovations, new product ideas and sales concepts bring trade up to speed: the three international consumer-goods fairs Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld, as well as the new Floradecora trade fair ended for 2,938 exhibitors from 63 countries with countless new contacts and well-fill... READ MORE »

The LA Mart, Urban Expositions team up to sponsor special Made in America buying tour

The LA Mart, the West Coast’s premier resource for gift, home, holiday, furniture, fashion, design and lifestyle products, and Urban Expositions, long-time producer of the LAMKT show (formerly the California Gift Show), have joined forces to present a timely and helpful guided buying tour of highl... READ MORE »

Best New Product Awards announced at NY NOW

Winners of the “Best New Product” Awards and “Best Exclusive Launch” Award were announced during NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift. Each of the winning companies stood out among hundreds of entries that showcased the leading trends in home, lifestyle and gift. NY NOW’s “B... READ MORE »

University of Phoenix, National Retail Federation inspire retailers to ‘Dream BIG’

For the fifth consecutive year, University of Phoenix and the National Retail Federation are collaborating to offer the Dream BIG Scholarship Program to support the dreams of the next generation of retail leaders. The program will award 20 full-tuition scholarships to retail industry professionals ... READ MORE »

Frankfurt consumer goods fairs end with rise in exhibitor, visitor numbers

Innovations, new product ideas and sales concepts bring trade up to speed: The three international consumer goods fairs Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld, as well as the new Floradecora trade fair end today for 2,938 exhibitors from 63 countries with countless new contacts and well-... READ MORE »

From concept to consumer: art for finished goods by SURTEX

Designs for every surface begin at SURTEX. Surface art and textile designs for products are sourced in virtually every category, drawing thousands of manufacturers, retailers and licensees. SURTEX, May 21 - 23, 2017, is the leading market to source original art and design. Hundreds of exhibiting in... READ MORE »

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