Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 8, which means people will soon be clamoring to find the perfect gift to show their moms appreciation for all they do. Get a jumpstart on your shopping with this week's Merchandise Monday, featuring great gifts for both moms on the go and those needing some "me-time." RM has found some simple, but cute gifts your mom (or wife, grandmother, etc.) will be sure to love.

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By Stephanie Crets

Tempt Brands is a fairly new online clothing retailer. Headquartered in Montreal, the company launched in July 2015 and has made more than $3 million in less than a year – a phenomenal feat. Tempt Brand sells branded apparel and accessories for women, men and children, offering savings of up to 80 percent off original retail price.

Some featured brands include Michael Kors, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Balenciaga, Givenchy and many more. The e-retailer lists new items weekly until items sell out and guarantees shipping within 24 to 48 hours.

RM asked Tempt Brands CEO and co-founder Natalie Ben-Zur how she developed the company and how it has been so successful in such a short amount of time.

The 71st annual National Hardware Show is coming to the Las Vegas Convention Center May 4 to May 6 for attendees to experience the latest and greatest in the home improvement marketplace. Attendees will see new products, network with other attendees and exhibitors, attend educational seminars and meet with big brands – from 3M to Ace Hardware Corp. to Louisville Ladder and more. As one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the industry, retailers, manufacturers and distributors in the home improvement industry won’t want to miss the show. Check out some of the products you'll see at this year's NHS in this week's Merchandise Monday.

 

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By Charles Whiteman, SVP Client Services, MotionPoint

Historically, the luxury retail industry has been slow to adopt e-commerce. And who can blame these reputation-savvy companies? The web can often lack the civility most premier brands covet -- to say nothing of e-commerce’s mass-market sales approach, which lacks an intimate, consultative sales experience.

But things are changing. About 60% of luxury brands now sell online, far more than in years past. Indeed, luxury retailers “have come to believe that the future of their business and a route to global expansion lie online,” a 2015 New York Times business feature said.

What’s with the industry-wide pivot? Brands are learning that today’s new generation of luxury customers are younger, digital-savvy, pressed for time -- and above all, very practical. As a result, the luxury e-commerce industry is seeing much larger growth than many other sectors. (In fact, e-commerce has been called “the ‘next China’ for luxury in terms of opportunity,” one analyst recently said.)

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By Stephanie Crets

Whether you agree or disagree with the new “Bathroom Law” in North Carolina, it’s clear that it is having an impact on retailers in the state. The controversial law prohibits people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificates. Opponents argue this discriminates against the transgender community and perpetuates discrimination against the LGBT.

As a result of the bill, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, opponents are boycotting retailers and corporations all over the state. Last week, PayPal announced that it was withdrawing plans to build a $3.6 million operations center in Charlotte, N.C., that would have created more than 400 jobs for residents. There have even been outcries in the media about other states following suit: The Walking Dead, Disney and Marvel Studios said they plan to pull out of Georgia for any future production if a similar law goes into effect there.

"Becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable," PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said in a statement. "The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture."

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