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July, 2010

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Can Your Store Be Found?
Are you listed where people are looking today?

“The times they are a-changin'” says the old song. And it's never been truer than now. The accompanying photo is of the Atlanta, Georgia yellow pages a few years back, so big it had to be two volumes, compared with the entire yellow pages today; much thinner and several inches smaller in height and width.

Obviously people are not using phone books like they used to, as illustrated by the second photo, of a dumpster designated for "Phonebooks Only", overflowing with phone books, many still in the bags they came in. But people are still looking for businesses, they are just doing it on the World Wide Web, as well as mobile devices such as cellphones and GPS's.

A recent survey found that 75% of people who are web-active will search for a store on the web before driving to the store. They do not necessarily plan to order product online, but they want to confirm the store's location, hours and the products carried. They may even call or email the store to ask questions before taking valuable time to drive to the location.

But that doesn't mean you have to have your own website to provide information about your store., the number one search engine, has a program called Google Places (formerly Google Local) that lets you put in your store's information so you can be found when prospective customers in your area do a search.

To see what happens, try entering a product that you carry in your store, followed by your city name and see the page that results. First on the page will likely be a map with store locations pintpointed on it and links to several stores, either to their websites or to their Google Places listing.

Other popular web search engines have programs, such as Yahoo! Local Lisitngs and Bing Local Listing. Another service with free local listings is

And, wouldn't you know it, the telephone companies also have online directories! AT & T has YellowPages.Com.  SuperPages.Com and YellowBook.Com are also options.

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Aspen Bay Candles: The best candles on the market--a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Badash Crystal: Our 24% hand-cut lead crystal is produced in the finest factories in Europe by the same artisans that manufacture for Mikasa, Waterford, Lenox, and Sasaki. Every piece is individually and safely gift boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving and/or personal pleasure.

Brownlow Gifts: Brownlow produces a full line of inspirational gifts for every occasion. You will find useful and attractive home decor gifts for the kitchen, bedrooms, study and all other rooms in the house. Brownlow is well known for gourmet products, journals, gifted paper items, photo albums, photo frames, decorative sentiment plaques, a variety of stationery, many different ceramic gifts as well as a large assortment of inspirational gift books. Most products are in coordinating themes that retailers can purchase in eye-catching countertop display collections. CAMEO EZ© member stores can now log into a site one time and place orders from several manufacturers. This is a newly introduced site, so check back often to see more lines. One Login – Multiple Shopping Carts – Easy Checkout.

Cha Cha Designs is a manufacturing and design company. We take pride in our sassy creations and know you will love them too! They are handcrafted in the USA! We are located in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. - For companies wanting to liquidate discontinued items, possibly through a third party, OmegaNet offers new closeout services. Get special deals!

Don Mark DUEL OPENING Stainless Steel Water Bottles. -"Go Green" to protect you and your environment. Refill, reuse and reduce our landfills. Each bottle comes with dual, leak resistant caps, one for drinking, the other wide mouth to insert ice cubes and make hand cleaning easier. Also comes with handy carabineer clip. Our lightweight bottle weighs less than 6 ounces and holds 24 ounces of your favorite cool or cold drink (not for hot liquids). Comes with attractive "Go Green" hangtag. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Elegant Baby recognizes that today’s babies are stylish, and is committed to providing baby gifts featuring the very best design, quality, craftsmanship and tradition anywhere.

Europa Home decor including glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge, awards, gourmet food, sale items and more.

Gina B. Designs Many of our retailers tell us that their customers come in and purchase Gina B. cards by the handful. The colorful art and simple verse make it a line that has something for everyone at a great price-point. Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, gift and stationery company featuring exceptional art and design. All products are made in the U.S.A.

Highland Graphics: A leader in functional gift with decorative items for gift giving and kitchen. From our top selling Absorbastone coasters, to our decorative bamboo cutting boards, everything we manufacture is made in the USA. Our high quality plus competitive pricing lets our customers make higher margins. We feature licensed art, official collegiate products and have a full range of custom capabilities with low minimums.

Magnolia Lane Collection: A leading distributer of handpainted ceramic collections like NFL, College, Kids, Wedding, Birthday, Christmas, Everyday and the extremely popular "Make it Personal" line. The whimsical table top designs are a must have.

Natural Life: Fashionable and fun treasures to share or keep! Whether you’re shopping for friends, family, baby or yourself, Natural Life has the perfect gift for you.

Peking Handicraft, Inc. is a global manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in home textiles decorative accessories and gift items. The company expertise in sourcing, manufacturing and brand development are second to none. Peking’s variety of products consists of renowned designer collections as well as exciting designs from their in-house design studio. Both are trend right and of exceptional quality and value. With over three decades in the home textiles and gift arena, Peking is proven to be a company that you can trust today and in the future.

Puzzle Pen The Puzzle Pen is the only erasable, retractable and refillable pen on the market. This product is a great, new break-thru for puzzlers. If your store has customers that play Crossword, Sudoku, KenKen, Kakuro, Magic Square, Acrostic, or any other word or number puzzle, this unique new Puzzle Pen will be a great hit in your store.

Regal Art & Gift: Offering unique & colorful Metal Garden Décor, Home Décor and Gifts. Garden items include: 3-D Garden Décor, Garden Stakes, Wind Chimes and Welcome Signs. Home items include: Wall Art, Wall Hooks, Candleholders, Ornaments, Boxes and Photo Frames. Popular themes include: Garden Bugs, Birds, Frogs, Tropical, Coastal, Fish, Suns & Celestial, Southwest, Western, Crosses, Americana, Country, Halloween, Harvest & Holiday

Saltbox is a Manhattan-based design studio known for its signature creations in canvas. Regularly featured in magazines such as Oprah, Self, People and Brides, the Saltbox collection is renowned for its alluring prints and colors and is well-loved for its sturdy construction and heavy weight, water resistant canvas.

Shade Tree Greetings' "Actual Pictures" are recognized as one of the best-selling greeting card lines in the industry. Nostalgic photographs and clever, funny verses make these cards a success. Go to our website to browse over 300 styles. GREAT introductory programs and free fixtures.

snoozies!® are not socks and they're not slippers - sort of a crossover between the two and that's why we call them "foot coverings"! snoozies!® are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful & fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside.

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunbelt Marketing Group, Inc. Licensed functional and decorative giftware for the home and tailored for the men's market, i.e. (clocks, signs, coat/key racks, salt and pepper shakers, bottle openers, shelves, picture frames, games key chains and more). Licenses include Coca-Cola, General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, Farmall Tractors, Shelby and the Shelby Ford Mustang and Dodge. Product mediums include wood, polyresin, and glass and mixed mediums.

Sunset Vista Designs Inc.: offers you extra margin opportunities, and sells thru at retail. They offer innovative designs, in proven products, with space saving merchandising solutions, and attractive package deals that all add value to the quality products we offer. Many say this is the “best ever” line of innovative gift, garden, and home décor.

Tripar International Inc.: Tripar International is your source for both displays and decorative accessories. Our extensive product line includes a wide assortment of easels, risers, ornament stands, plate racks, mirrors, jewelry displays, and unique display pieces. We are also an excellent source for wine accessories, wall décor, inspirational signs, and cookbook stands. We offer quality with style, low minimums and fast shipping.

Wellspring: a great gift and stationery line. We bring art and organization to everyday life! Our products include: hand-painted ceramic pieces, note pads, Flip Notes, compacts, pill boxes, recipe books, and much more!

Microsoft's "Tag" System Links Smart Phones to A Wealth of Information

How many sales do you lose because a customer needs to leave your store to research the features, warranty, reviews by peers,etc. Imagine that instead, a customer in your store had instant access to a wealth of information to help them decide to purchase, without leaving your store.

That is the promise offered by Microsoft's "Tag" application for Smart Phones. Available from, Tag starts with a High Capacity Color Barcode (HCCB) which is really just a colorful square that can appear in a variety of places from on products in stores to real estate signs.

Unlike other barcode technologies, Microsoft Tags don't actually store information. All they store is a unique ID which is sent to Microsoft’s servers. This way, much more information can be included, and a bigger variety of information, than if it was just on the tag itself. A nice side-effect of this is also the ability for publishers to gather reporting data on how many times it was seen (source).

The customer simply aims his Smart Phone camera at the Tag and is then taken to online information about the product. service or event. Tags can be in magazines ads or on signs and posters as well as on products. You can see a video demonstration of how it is used here.

The Tag "app" is available for Android, WinMo, Symbian, Blackberry, and iPhone platforms (source).

Quick Industry News


DALLAS, TX – ThermoServ, a leading manufacturer of American-made insulated plastic drinkware, announces its acquisition of MugWorld Inc., a leader in high-quality decorative ceramic mugs. Under the transaction, which closed June 30, MugWorld will remain at its headquarters in Gainesville, Texas and will keep its name, serving as a product line under the ThermoServ umbrella.

Established in 2002, MugWorld is known for its series of American made ceramic mugs, tiles, coasters and trivets featuring eye-catching artwork. Extensive design options include art for all branches of the military, over 200 collegiate licenses and licensed art from over 75 artists and photographers.


The Chicago Market: Living And Giving® Announces Retailer Of The Month

CHICAGO, ILThe Chicago Market: Living and Giving® is proud to announce the July 2010 Retailer of the Month honoree: Julie Hubbard of Julie’s Corner Store in Lacon, Illinois.

Hubbard fell into the gift business by accident when she was asked to sell some of her father’s items on eBay. She very quickly became hooked with the auction website and what started as a favor to her father soon became an obsession. Before long Hubbard applied for a license to buy in bulk and started her own online store. It was at this time that Hubbard realized there were exciting gift products stores in her community weren’t offering. With that in mind she took a downtown storage facility (and the oldest commercial building in the town) and converted it into a 6oo square foot gift shop.

Hubbard was also known throughout her small community for making great homemade fudge.  She started selling fudge out of her new store and quickly she saw her business transform from a “Gift store that sold fudge on the side, into a Fudge store that sold gifts on the side.” 

The ROTM program is designed to acknowledge exceptional retailers who are making a difference in the gift industry, as well as to provide inspiration to other retailers who can benefit from the winners’ stories.

California Gift Show Unveils A New Look For Kentia – The Global Marketplace

LOS ANGELES, CA: Visitors to The California Gift Show in July experienced a whole new look for Kentia Hall to celebrate its rebranding as “Kentia - The Global Marketplace”.  The new look was instantly apparent with new signage and carpeting, added international food choices, as well as an extensive schedule of music, events and performances. The space was redesigned to celebrate the diversity and international experience the hall represents while promoting social responsibility, supporting global causes and community development worldwide.

Kentia is an exceptional resource offering categories that buyers won’t find elsewhere – bringing together some of the finest products from around the world, in a vibrant and lively marketplace atmosphere.

The California Gift Show kicked off its celebration of Kentia – The Global Marketplace on Friday, July 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center with the unveiling of the five World Style Stories finalists and live music and demonstrations within the hall. 

“We are pleased to expand and highlight the unique experience of Kentia Hall for both buyers and exhibitors,” said Mark Furlet, vice president and general manager, L.A. Mart and California Gift Show.  “As retailers are looking to differentiate themselves, we are meeting that need by bringing them products that are trending upward, that they won’t find at other shows; with many that are available ‘at once’, so they leave the show able to refresh their store offerings immediately.”


Wellspring® Expands "Wellspring of Colours"

LANCASTER, PA: Wellspring has increased its offering in Wellspring of Colours, the best-selling collection of colorful, fun pieces that combine distinctive global art and functionality. New pieces are accessories and home accents including hand-painted trunk sets and paper mache bangle bracelets, and hand-stitched scarves, wristlets, jewelry rolls, purses and key chains. Also introduced were owl banks, drawer pulls, and new sizes in curio cabinets.

Each piece in the Wellspring of Colours collection is carefully hand-painted or hand-stitched in India by local artisans. The new accessory designs are based on Rangoli art which is believed to bring good luck and good fortune. The art reflects a growing global ethnic movement through vivid colors and vibrant design and allows the retailer to make an international statement without traveling the world. The international influences are perfect for the consumer looking for unique gifts that are beautiful and functional.

Gina B Designs Money CardsGina B. Designs Announces Money Cards

PLYMOUTH, MN: Gina B. Designs Money/Gift Card Holders are perfect to keep on hand for last minute gifts.  Tri-folded cards hold money or a gift card (tabs inside to secure gift card) ­ featuring bright artwork and festive holiday greetings.

MSRP of $8.00/Pack of 6.