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Smart Retailer July 2020

Table of Contents

Product Focus

New & Noteworthy

10 Something for Everyone: An eclectic mix of popular products for even “hard-to-buy-for” friends and family.

Trend Watch

14 Jolly Christmas & Winter Décor: Cheerful, nostalgic Christmas and winter decorations will likely be more in demand than ever as people crave a return to more peaceful times.

22 Gourmet Food to Delight Dinner Guests: Food is always a centerpiece of fun, fellowship, and conversation. These delectable treats will help your customers create unforgettable occasions.

28 Entertaining in Style: The quarantine focused people’s attention on their homes, and that trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Find top-drawer décor here. 

34 Gifts for Men: Men like practical things they can use in their man cave or on-the-go. Look no further for an outstanding roundup of guy-pleasing gifts.

40 Impulse Buys & Stocking Stuffers: Impulse gifts are great profit boosters because when customers come across a delightful discovery, they’re eager to scoop up that perfect gift they’ve been hunting for.

Business Sense

46 Atlanta Market Summer 2020 Preview: Atlanta Market, which has been moved to Aug. 13 –  18 to ensure vendor and attendee safety, offers an exciting lineup of products, pre-market online education, and networking opportunities.

50 Las Vegas Market Summer 2020 Preview: Las Vegas Market, rescheduled to Aug. 30 –  Sept. 3 for safe shopping, promises to dazzle with the Expo at World Market Las Vegas, a new 315,000-square-foot exposition facility. It also offers an array of online programming before and during the show.

54 Is 2020 the Year of Community? With ongoing restrictions in brick-and-mortar shopping, online sales have become more important than ever. Learn how to leverage social media for maximum results.

58 Business Briefs

When COVID-19 gives you lemons; good morale boosts everyone; but will they hand out virtual swag?; centering in a crisis.

Display & Design:

60 Going Green: Learn the three R’s of being budget wise and eco-friendly.

Retailer Spotlight

62 Feltz’s Dairy Store
Ken and Jackie Feltz have discovered the benefits of diversifying their product line. They’ve found that adding a variety of gifts and home décor to their core business has expanded their clientele and increased their profits. 

In Every Issue

  6 Editor’s Note

  8 Welcome Exchange: Questions & Answers that Matter

64 Trade Show Calendar

ON THE COVER: Mélange Collection collaborates with some of the most talented knitters in Armenia to bring each cheery motif in their heirloom-worthy holiday pillow collection to life.