Top tips for building a retail brand story that sells

  In an era of increasing competition from both online and brick-and-mortar retailers, modern shopkeepers find themselves continually questioning what they need to do to stand out. According to Jerrod Sumner, founder of branding and storytelling agency Brandtabulous, the answer may be ... READ MORE »

Mud Pie Celebrates 30th

Mud Pie rings in the new year, celebrating its biggest milestone to date – 30 years as a business in the wholesale gift industry. Mud Pie has experienced tremendous growth since it was founded in  1988 by current visionary and CEO, Marcia Miller.  The humble beginings of  the brand started w... READ MORE »

Emily McDowell Studio, Sisters of Los Angeles join Knock Knock to become Who’s There Group

Venice Beach gift company and book publisher Knock Knock announced the acquisition of Emily McDowell Studio (EMS) and Sisters of Los Angeles (SoLA), fellow Southern California women-owned companies. Knock Knock will run the trifecta under the new banner of the Who’s There Group. On Jan. 9, the com... READ MORE »

Project to raise funds to buy books, stationery and shoes for needy school children

Going to school can be tough for some students. But it’s even tougher for them if their parents can’t afford the latest pair of shoes, new books and new stationery materials. Jarrod Murphy said he learned of the plight of some students struggling with school life in Ora... READ MORE »

Following job gains in November, retailers scale back in December

Retail industry employment decreased by 20,200 jobs in December from November, the National Retail Federation said today. The number, which excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, reverses the increase of 20,500 jobs seen in November over October, which the Labor Departme... READ MORE »

IFDA to present the Rising Star of Design Awards

The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA NY) will hold its 11th annual “Rising Stars of Design” awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, January 9th at the Robert Allen Showroom, Suite 305, in Manhattan's D & D Building.  The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.... READ MORE »

Children invited to try the latest in 3D stationery at Redbridge Central Library for free

Children can test the latest in 3D stationery for free. Visitors to Redbridge Central Library in Ilford, London, can use a 3D pen to draw shapes that become three-dimensional objects in the air. The 3D pen is a cross between a normal pen and a hot glue gun. It is also called a stereoscopic pen. ... READ MORE »

Top shopping trends of 2018

If 2017 was the year of the retail apocalypse, then 2018 could be the year of a retail renaissance. The signs are promising. Retailers have come through a time of trial, and many of the ones that have survived have made the necessary adjustments to align with evolving consumer needs and desires. Whi... READ MORE »

Product Pick of the Week

The Mini Greeting Card collection from UPWORDS is the perfect source of encouragement for anyone. Because who doesn't love a tiny pick-me-up? #ProductPickOfTheWeek ... READ MORE »

Harry Potter Stationery is now available on Pottermore

Looking for a new journal to write down all of your magical thoughts? Harry Potter stationery is now available on Pottermore, so get your quills and owls ready. The Harry Potter social site has released a stationery line with journals based on the art collection unveiled earlier this year, an... READ MORE »

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