Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Inspiration and Innovation at the Atlanta Summer Market

Giftware News was on the scene at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, held at AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA from July 10-17. Showrooms were crowded with those eager to see the newest and greatest products in home, rug, gift and apparel categories.

The largest of AmericasMart’s 14 annual Markets and shows, The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January and July are the ignition switch for global retailing with buyers from every U.S. state and more than 90 countries discovering product in more than 1,400 showrooms and more than 2,500 temporary exhibiting companies.

Located in downtown Atlanta, the AmericasMart complex contains more than seven million square feet of space. It’s a huge global stage on which manufacturers, designers and sales representatives unveil new lines, launch new designs and introduce new categories – all for the benefit of buyers seeking all that is fresh and first.

The International Gift and Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart.

The Inspirations for Life collection from Bridgewater Candle Company.

Holiday decor from Grasslands Road.

Holiday signs from Primitives by Kathy.

TLC television personality Randy Fenoli was on hand to showcase Tervis' Bridal Collection.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dallas Kicks Off Market Season With A Host of Stylish Choices and Expanded Categories

From June 19-25, Giftware News was on hand at the Total Home & Gift Market, held at the Dallas Market Center. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, we were able to visit with retailers from around the globe, as they sourced products ranging from the latest home accessories to gifts, furniture, holiday and seasonal items, gourmet food, floral, stationery, toys and jewelry/fashion accessories. Take a look at some of the new products from some of our favorite exhibitors at the show.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Giftware News Announces Several Additions to Staff

Giftware News continues to bring its readers valuable resources, and this summer has added to the staff.

Pan Demetrakakes has joined the staff of Giftware News as managing editor. Demetrakakes has been a business-to-business editor for more than 20 years, mostly covering food, beverages and other consumer goods. His most recent post was as editor of Specialty Coffee Retailer.

Contributing Writer Jean Thompson was public relations director of the Buyers Market of American Craft for five years. In the July issue, she takes a look at the map and postal images-inspired trend in giftware. Thompson has a background in news and features journalism.

JoAnne Stone-Geier, a contributing editor, will present “Retail Business by the Book,” a business column designed to introduce retailers to books, ideas, people and programs that help them solve problems and create profit. An industry veteran, she has been an intra-preneur, entrepreneur, wholesaler, speaker, co-author and advisor.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July's Digital Edition of Giftware News Magazine is Now Available

Welcome to the July digital edition of Giftware News Magazine. Please enjoy this issue and all to come. Make sure you view the market calendar at the end of the issue so you do not miss out on any of the Summer trade shows. 
Giftware News & GGD's July Cover
The GWN digital magazine includes all the same great content as our print edition, but also offers enhanced coverage & articles not found in the print edition of Giftware News.

• View it on an iPad or any other mobile or tablet device

• Easily share articles via e-mail   • Click on links in both articles and advertisements to obtain further resources  
• Zoom in-and-out of articles and advertisements
• Instantly search by keyword for the content in the current issue or the archives
• Print articles & Social Share
This Month's Featured Content:
Market Calendars
Stay abreast of all the upcoming Summer & Fall trade shows.
All Aglow
The light and scent of these candle products help

create a soothing atmosphere. 
Getting Personal 
Bath and body products that pamper and protect. 
Gifts for Friends of the Earth
Discover the benefits of gifting with eco-friendly

Shopping Time Down South 
AmericasMart Atlanta welcomes showgoers with an

abundance of choices. 
Cottage Chic
These charming pieces create a light, comfortable

No Place Like Home

Inspired by classic maps and vintage mail, these new

products celebrate roads traveled.
The Gift of Giving

Add pizzazz to your presents with these holiday paper

All-Star Snacks

Tempt customers with these tasty snacks.
Creative Comradery
Feeding Frenzy
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

SANDOW Sells Furniture Today Group

SANDOW has sold its Furniture Today Media Group to newly-formed FT Media Holdings, LLC, according to The company bought the Furniture Today assets from Reed Business Information in 2010. 

In addition to the flagship brand and weekly publication Furniture Today, six other publications — including Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today, Home Textiles Today, Kids Today and Playthings — and three annual events were included in the deal. 

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