December 19, 2013 – The 2014 edition of the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, the premier event for brand owners, licensors, licensees and retailers in the world of sports licensed products, is scheduled for January 16-18, 2014. This year’s show is trending towards being one of the largest shows in its history; year-over-year booth sales and pre-registered attendees are pacing higher than in previous years. Show management has confirmed that every major sports team will be represented when the show kicks off this January. Other key exhibitors on the list for 2014 include: AMSCAN, Concept One, Fabrique Innovations, Forever Collectibles, Forty Seven Brand, Fremont Die Consumer Products Inc., G-III Apparel, Great American Products, Hunter Mfg, Little Earth Productions, Rico Industries Inc., Team ProMark, Team Sports America, The Memory Company LLC, The Northwest Co, Upper Deck, VF Licensed Sports Group and WinCraft Inc.

Read more: Key Leagues, New Retail Seminar Scheduled for Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show

Dec. 18, 2013 - Disney lovers, listen up. Joseph Enterprises, the makers of the Chia Pet, have two new Chias for this holiday season of gift giving. First, Chia Pet Mickey Mouse with its unique planter and unforgettable mouse ears is a great gift for the Disney fan in your family.

Read more: Chia - Disney style

Dec. 17, 2013 - How Roland Rolls, the first book by actor/artist Jim Carrey, recent winner of the 2013 Gelett-Burgess Children's Book Award, is being released on December 17th as an enhanced e-book, according to John Raatz, project manager for Carrey's Some Kind of Garden Media, publisher of the e-version and the original hardcover.

Read more: Jim Carrey's Kids Book "How Roland Rolls" Now An Enhanced E-Book

Dec. 16, 2013 - Sales of gift cards will surpass $118 billion in sales, an eight percent increase over 2012, according to CEB, 1 leading member-based advisory company. CEB TowerGroup research suggests that the widespread adoption of e-gifting - which experienced rapid growth this year - will provide scale for continued industry gains through 2016. Developments in the peer-to-peer (P2P) space, however, may threaten traditional branded card sales volume, forcing card issuers to adapt their strategies to the changing purchase landscape. 

Read more: CEB: Gift Card Sales To Top $118 Billion

Dec. 13, 2013 - AVE residents didn't have to shop online this holiday season to avoid overcrowded malls and frenzied shoppers. "At AVE, we know traveling for business and being away from friends and family for extended periods can be stressful, especially around the holidays," says Lea Anne Welsh, president of AVE.

Read more: AVE Provides Holiday Shopping Experience at Home

Dec. 12, 2013 - David Yurman, America's premier fine jewelry and timepiece designer, is pleased to announce the opening of its Toronto boutique at The Yorkdale Shopping Center on December 12, 2013. The Toronto boutique will be the brand's first in Canada.

Read more: David Yurman Announces Opening of Toronto Boutique

Dec. 11, 2013 - Nearly 9 in 10 (87%) holiday shoppers surveyed still have presents to buy. Recent surveys by RetailMeNot and The Omnibus Company found that nearly 200 million Americans could be shopping up to the last minute. As Christmas grows closer and with the majority of consumers (87%) surveyed still having holiday shopping to do, there will inevitably be last-minute gift purchases for many. In fact, nearly 9 in 10 (88%) winter holiday shoppers surveyed said they have had to buy gifts in the eleventh hour. Parents seem to be the biggest procrastinators. Nearly all (95%) parents surveyed admitted to waiting until the last minute to buy holiday gifts.

Read more: Most Consumers Still Have Holiday Gifts to Purchase

Dec. 10, 2013 - According to a survey from KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, sustainability and social issues are key concerns of younger shoppers. With nearly 70% of consumers under age 30 indicating that they consider social issues before buying, retailers and manufacturers courting Gen X and Y shoppers this holiday season should introduce more transparency into their product labels and identify fair trade, conflict-free and environmentally friendly practices.

Read more: Boost Sales By Touting Sustainability & Social Issues

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