Thursday, September 19, 2013

Retail Industry Adds 43,600 Jobs in August

The National Retail Federation calculated retail industry job gains at 43,600 in August, with marked increases in clothing, general merchandise and electronics stores.

“The economy continues to sputter along,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Employers and retailers are adding to their payrolls and ranks, but still remain guarded. The business community is hiring yet waiting for stronger signs of sustained economic growth before extending too many job offers.”

“While the jobs numbers weren’t as strong as anticipated, they indicate a more positive trend,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “We are expecting further signs of strengthening in the second half of the year. Retailers are making headway but challenges remain. Slow wage growth and downward jobs revisions continue to indicate a reluctant economy.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics employment situation report showed that the economy added 169,000 jobs in August, which lowered the unemployment rate to 7.3 percent.

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation -

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wide Range of Products Offered in Dallas for Fall Buying

Dallas Market Center has announced that this week’s Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (September. 7-9) will offer the opportunity for retailers to buy merchandise for the upcoming selling seasons. The wide range of products includes home accessories, furniture, holiday and seasonal items to gift, gourmet food, floral, stationery, toys, jewelry and fashion accessories. 

New companies in the recently-expanded Gourmet Market, World Trade Center (WTC) 1-180, include: Cristi’ali Cuisine, Fat Mama’s Tamales, Red’s Texas, The Resident Chef and WebStores Ltd. The Gourmet Market will host a Tailgate Party on Saturday, September 7 at 4 p.m. featuring snacks from exhibitors as well as complimentary beer and wine, and daily door prizes. 

Big Bend Stone will make its Dallas Market Center debut in Outdoor Living, located in The Plaza, 1-1F201. “Country Christmas in The Plaza,” hosted by Craig Bachman Imports, Dallas Design Supply, Direct Export and Outdoor Living, will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 4 p.m. in the 300/400 aisle. The event will feature snacks, beverages and special sales. 

Exhibitors that recently debuted in The Range, a neighborhood of western home accents located on the WTC 6th floor include: Always Unique, WTC 6-6670; Cripple Creek Creations, WTC 6-6658; Green Blue Heron, WTC 6-6670; Moon Rein, WTC 6-6848; and Rustiques Gallery, WTC 6-6694. A beer and wine break will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 4 p.m. on the WTC 6 atrium. 

Cash & Carry temporary resources will be available on the 12th floor of the WTC. New exhibitors include: Crosses of Comfort, Design Inspirations, IDEATIVE Product Ventures, Inside Crystal Images, Pretty Pink Hippo, Shawl Dawls and Studio Rubiano. Additional exhibitors include Carol Su, Ole Gift, Rodeo Royalty, Simu Su, Turquoise Haven and many more. 

Dallas Design Supply located in The Plaza, 1-1F314, offers floral containers, ribbon, party supplies and much more. Products are immediately available, off-the-shelf, individually with no minimums. “Peach Bellini Chill-Out” will be held from Saturday, September 7 to Monday, September 9 starting at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. 

Discovery Tour: “Sure-Fire Exciting and Sellable Gifts,” led by retail expert Rawlins Gilliland, will take place on Saturday, September 7 at 3 p.m. on Trade Mart 1st floor. Market Orientation Tours will be held September 7, 8 and 9 at 9 a.m. The tours will begin in the New Business Room, WTC 156A. For a complete list of events, visit

In addition to September Market, First Monday and Tuesday Mini-Markets held October 7-8, November 4-5 and December 2-3 are available for buyers to fill in gaps in inventory and stock up for the holiday season. 

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