I love nothing better than a procedural television show. Whether it’s a real-life murder mystery on Dateline or a fictional CSI case, I like trying to solve a whodunit. In everyday life, I also enjoy making connections between things I hear and see through conversations and observations — putting together the pieces of the puzzle to get a full picture. So it’s no wonder that one bit of wisdom I heard recently jumped out at me. During a speech, an apparel executive said, “Whether you’re a retailer or a wholesaler, your job is to find the balance between listening to and leading your customer.”
By Stephanie Hanlon - Wednesday, February 22nd 2012
Cookies are awesome. We can all agree on this, right? While we all might have different favorites, we can also all agree that if someone was going around stealing said cookies, we’d be upset. We certainly would want to go on the hunt to find the thief if he or she found our cookies’ secret spot. This is the predicament Thomas finds himself in while visiting his grandmother in the charmingly simple book The Cookie Thief by Frances Gilbert. When he visits Granny, he’s anxiously anticipating her delicious cookies when he hears a patter, a swoop and a rush. Oh no! The cookies have disappeared right before their eyes.
Louisville Named in "The South's Tastiest Towns" Top Ten
Zagat.com, one of the world’s most trusted restaurant ratings and reviews sites, announced their 8 Awesome Foodie Getaways Around the World this month. Not only was Louisville the only U.S. city to make the list, but they came in at number three. Louisville is the host location for the 10th Annual ABC Kids Expo®, being held at the Kentucky Exposition Center on October 14-17, 2012.
By Jeremy Richardson - Tuesday, February 14th 2012
A new mom goes into her local baby products store to shop for a stroller. The store has all the best brands and latest models, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and sufficient on-hand inventory. The new mom kicks the tires, trades stories with the salesperson, and focuses in on the brand, model, and color that she wants. After noting the price, when she has a minute away from the salesperson, she scans the barcode using a price finder app on her smartphone and purchases the stroller from an online discounter at a lower price. Does this scenario sound familiar?
Partnership to Celebrate Child Safety Day on February 11
New York, NY- February 10, 2012 – In recognition of Child Safety Day, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), the internationally renowned children’s charity, today announced a partnership with Graco Children’s Products and Caring For Others (CFO) to provide critical children’s essentials to families in need. The partnership will host an event on February 11 to bring new strollers, booster seats and car safety education to 500 needy families throughout the state of Georgia.
By Insights Discovered - Wednesday, February 8th 2012
I happen to live in Las Vegas, where slogans such as “You can’t win if you don’t play,” define our local gaming community. I have to admit it’s hard to argue with that logic, Who can win at slots, poker or blackjack without opting in to play? Bystanders don’t reap any rewards. Only those who are willing to put up the cash and potentially lose it, have the chance to win and win big dependent upon the size of their bet. Most don’t win big but some do; some break even, while others lose. The same is true when it comes to marketing. Without it, you are like those bystanders, watching your competitors play.
Tree Blocks Wooden Toys are quality wooden playthings with character. The collection includes wood tree houses, play furniture, blocks and educational toys that are unique because they look like the wood from which they are created. While some wooden toys are so processed they lose the integrity of their origins, Tree Blocks retain the detail and natural characteristics of the wood. Tree Blocks are eco-friendly and no living tree is harmed in the making of the toys. The only trees used are the discards of managed paper forests.
Toy Fair 2012 takes place February 12-15, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center, as well as in showrooms at 1115 Broadway (at West 25th Street) and other locations throughout New York City. The 2012 event is expected to attract more than 1,100 exhibitors from around the world with over 250 of them exhibiting for the first time. Attendees will include retailers, wholesalers, importers, buying groups and trade guests from nearly 100 countries. Here are a few of the must-sees recommended by The Giggle Guide®: K-Dron, Little Adventures, Fascinations and BeginAgain.
Creations by You sold their first craft kit in 1992. Since then, they have developed a complete line of activity kits and programs for kids and young adults that inspire creativity. Their multi-award-winning kits and school programs include the materials needed to assist young people in making creations that can be sent in for professional production, resulting in treasured keepsakes. The effort put into these kits is rewarded when the finished product is received, and also serves to build self-esteem, an appreciation of the arts and memories to last a lifetime.
By all accounts, the Atlanta International Gift Market at AmericasMart that took place January 10th through the 18th was a great way to start the new year. The show reported record-breaking buyer traffic with soaring registrations, non-stop order writing, and exclusive product introductions — a real thrill for all involved. A number of new companies and products debuted in Atlanta, including logo loops, Bitsy, The San Francisco Music Box Co. and Pierre Belvédère Inc.
Music is powerful; it can teach, inspire, heal and unite. It has been shown that even in the womb, babies respond and move to music. Music is an art that can bring people together and John Richardson, Rich Candelora and Rich Ludwig of Zither Heaven can certainly attest to that. The three founders cultivate a spirit of innovation around the shop, where new products are constantly tested and improved. Zither Heaven’s commitment to quality resources, superior construction and excellent service, while blending modern technology and traditional craftsmanship, allows them to deliver their best to customers.
The New York International Gift Fair(NYIGF) will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Piers in New York City from January 28 to February 2. The NYIGF is produced twice annually by George Little Management, LLC and is open to the trade only, drawing 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 85 countries. The NYIGF is host to 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum organized into ten targeted product divisions. As a preview, The Giggle Guide® showcases a few of the brands to see, including The Ellie Rose, Artterro,Inmate Tease, and Schoolbags for Kids.