Retail Sales Gain in June

WASHINGTON-U.S. retail sales posted a gain of 0.2 percent in June over May, and 4.3 percent over June of last year, totaling $439.9 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly report issued this morning.

The increases “reinforce the renewed strength of consumer confidence and marked increases in retail employment over the last few months,” said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist of the National Retail Federation, in a note analyzing the results. Kleinhenz also observed that the Census Bureau made upward revisions to the April and May retail results, providing “positive signs of momentum for second-quarter growth after a dismal first quarter,” he said.

In the retail channels that sell home products, furniture and home furnishings stores posted a 0.1 percent drop in June sales from May along with a gain of 2.6 percent over June of 2013. Kleinhenz said the month-to-month decline reflects “the fits and starts of the housing market.”

Sales at general merchandise stores were up 1.1 percent over May and 3.4 percent over last year’s June. Department stores (excluding leased departments) recorded a 0.2 percent increase over May and a 0.1 percent decline from June of last year.
Posted in News, Retail and tagged National Retail Federation, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. retail sales on July 15, 2014.

Stars Under the Stars featuring the Beach Boys

Sunday, October 20. 7:30pm (doors at 7pm) at Center Stage

Center Stage at the Transportation Terminal

The Beach Boys take center stage to croon a collection of big hits and old favorites from their fabulous 50-year career. Complimentary food and drinks.





NY Now Lifestyle Debuts This Summer

GDA Staff — Gifts and Dec, 6/12/2013 3:40:25 PM

WHITE PLAINS, NY—As previously reported, NY Now, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly the New York International Gift Fair) is reorganizing the show. This summer, NY Now Lifestyle makes its debut, along with three other product collections (Home, Lifestyle and Handmade).

Four sections of merchandise will be presented within Lifestyle: Baby + Child, Gift, Personal Accessories and Personal Care + Wellness. The Lifestyle section will be situated on Level 1 of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with several style-focused lifestyle brands exhibiting in the Crystal Palace Lobby of the Javits Center.
Within the Gift section, there will be three product “neighborhoods” including, On Trend, Museum Source and Stationery & Publishing.

There will also be special displays associated with the Lifestyle section. A new “Made in the U.S.A.” display of both handmade and factory-produced American-made products; SustainAbility: design for a better world display of eco-friendly and socially-responsible products; and the “Open House’ trend display curated by One Kings Lane and Gifts and Decorative Accessories parent company, Sandow Media.

NY Now, the Market for Home & Lifestyle is scheduled for August 17-21.

July 2013 – The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®

The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®

As your customers seek for even more design driven home and rug products, you need the best the world has to offer, all in one place. Make plans now to visit the unique destination that conveniently, effectively connects you with trends from around the globe!
This is Your World of New Product.

Market Dates & Hours

Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 11: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 13: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 17: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, July 12 – Monday, July 15: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.*
Tuesday, July 16: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*HD Home Preview Party opens July 11 at 2 p.m. (Building 1, Floor 1 only)

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Atlanta Spring Immediate Delivery Show, May 2013

Immediate Delivery Show

A Cash & Carry Event

The Global Market. By Design. At AmericasMart, we’ve created a marketplace unlike any other, connecting buyers and exhibitors from around the globe. Through accessibility, value and convenience, AmericasMart delivers the ultimate market experience. WE continue to evolve by delivering the products that buyers want and need. Our annual research studies indicate that retailers depend on AmericasMart for the latest products, the most variety and exclusive lines they can’t find anywhere else.  It’s all here. By Design.

Market Dates

Showrooms – A Cash & Carry Event
Tuesday, May 7 – Thursday, May 9: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Temporaries – A Cash & Carry Event
Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 9: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Retailers get serious, more selective, about social media

Susan Dickenson

Susan Dickenson
March 28, 2013


While posting the nominations call for Home Accents Today’s 2013 Retail Stars, I was reminded of a contest that was under way at the National Retail Federation at this time last year. The NRF had put out a call for the “Best Retail Story in America,” to be communicated via a two-minute video.

This past January, during the NRF’s annual conference in New York, the contest winner and two of the top five finishers participated in a panel discussion before a standing-room only crowd. NRF Foundation Director Ellen Davis, who moderated the discussion, said the entries exhibited a number of very unique ideas that were helping retailers around the country connect with their customers.

A week after the event, Davis blogged about the panel discussion on the NRF’s website, summarizing some of the key points. A couple of those points revealed a new maturity and wisdom when it comes to the use of social media – and what does and doesn’t work for retailers:

(First place winner) Tanna Dang is a small Honolulu boutique owner with a BIG Facebook page. While her 13,000 fans haven’t come through advertising, Dang is the first to say that the best way to leverage Facebook is to spend money on it. Believing that Facebook is an extension of her brand, Dang pays a professional photographer and a copywriter to put together Facebook posts and cover photos. Her Facebook look always matches the company website, which you can believe takes some finagling. Dang shared a number of examples of how one Facebook post has helped move product that had formerly been sitting on shelves for weeks (by declaring purple and yellow the new “it” color combination), and how the company has been able to sell out of items in mere hours after one post.

After one attendee asked about the ROI of Twitter, several of the panelists talked about their lessons learned on the importance of prioritizing. Twitter doesn’t lend itself to showcasing experiences or a brand, said the panelists, so they haven’t found it as valuable. And even those channels that do help you demonstrate your brand need to be evaluated. (Second place winner, stationery and gift store owner) Kim Williams talked about choosing to shut down her blog after several years because it was a “time suck” and she didn’t see the work translating into sales. Instead, she has chosen to focus on Pinterest, which has already proven to be a better way of connecting with the moms who visit her store.

Williams’ experience with Pinterest confirms a
February demographics report by Blacksburg, Va.-based Modea. The numbers suggest that 68% of Pinterest users are women, 50% have children, 49% are between the agpinqes of 25 and 44, and 28% have an annual household income of $100,000+.

Another study, this one by e-commerce consultancy RichRelevance, found that while Facebook currently dominates as a source of traffic for retail (at 86% of referrals), shoppers referred by Pinterest spend much more money than Facebook or Twitter shoppers, with an average order value of $169, vs. $95 for Facebook and $71 for Twitter. The data came from 689 million browser-based shopping sessions that took place online between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2012.

An impressive example is the case of Sephora, an early adopter of Pinterest. VentureBeat writer John Koetsier last month reported that, per capita, Sephora’s Pinterest followers spend 15 times more on the company’s products than its Facebook followers. “The reality is that when you’re in the Pinterest mindset, you’re actually interested in acquiring items, which is not what people go to Facebook for,” Sephora’s head of digital Julie Bornstein told Koetsier. “Facebook continues to be just a great customer interaction tool that gives us the real-time ability to dialog with our customer; it’s a big customer-service venue for us.”

In a shopping survey conducted last fall, Bizrate Insights found that Pinterest is more often used as a destination for shopping inspiration, tracking, and product discovery. Forty-three percent of the respondents use Pinterest, and 24% use Facebook, to associate with retailers or brands. Sixty-seven percent said they use Pinterest to keep up with the latest trends “on things like fashion and home décor” vs. 22% on Facebook.

There’s still a lot of room for Pinterest, which launched three years ago this month, to grow in popularity. In January 2012, Comscore reported Pinterest was the fastest site in history to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark. Bizrate Insights’ data showed that as of September 2012, about 63% of online consumers have a Facebook account while only 15% have a Pinterest account.

In February, the company announced it had raised $200 million in funding (giving it a valuation of $2.5 billion) and that it plans to hire more engineering talent and develop more services for businesses.

High Point Market Spring 2013

The World’s Home for Home Furnishings

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.


Current Demographics

  1. 180 Buildings
  2. 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  3. 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  4. More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  5. 100+ Countries Represented
  6. Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  7. Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

High Point Market Spring 2013

High Point Market Stars Under the Stars to Feature The Temptations

High Point Market

Stars Under the Stars, the legendary series of events at the High Point Market, is offering two unique nights of entertainment at the spring event, April 20-25.

On Saturday, April 20, Market will kick off with Carolina Stars, featuring a tasting menu from North Carolina wineries paired with famed Southern cuisine, and accompanied by music from jazz fusion band Tizer.

On Sunday, April 21, super-group The Temptations will hit the stage with their incredible showcase of timeless hits, sponsored by Surya. For more than 40 years, The Temptations have made their market on popular music with songs that everyone knows, like “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “Get Ready.”

Doors open for all events at 7pm at Center Stage, between the Transportation Terminal and Showplace, and The Temptations concert will begin at 7:30pm. Food and drinks are provided to all Market attendees with a current Market pass and photo ID. No one under the age of 15 will be admitted.

NY NOW 2013 Date & Location


WHITE PLAINS, NY, February 25, 2013… On January 28, GLM announced the summer 2013 unveiling of NY NOW, The Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF). This strategic reorganization of the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) will introduce four new comprehensive market collections and a dynamic new exhibit floor layout, as well as a rebranding of the show.

In line with these changes, please update your print and online calendar listings as follows:

NY NOW, The Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF)
Including NY NOW HOME, NY NOW LIFESTYLE, NY NOW HANDMADE® and NY NOW NEW!. Artisan Resource™ continues to run concurrently with NY NOW.
Saturday, August 17, through Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94
New York City, NY
1-800-272-SHOW (7469) or 212-204-1060

NY NOW’s four comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE, HANDMADE and NEW – encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at


NY_NOW_B&w_webNOTE: An exhibit floor schematic is available online at
NOTE: To download the new NY NOW logo, please go to

For additional information and updates:


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