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Smart Retailer October/November 2020 Issue

Table of Contents


10 A Wealth of Wares: There’s plenty here to please even your pickiest customers.

14 Bling it On! Dress up your shop (and shoppers)with a wide array of jewelry, handbags, and accessories.

22 Delightfully Delicious: Specialty foods are customer favorites because they’re great for gifts, parties, and everyday use. And since they’re consumable, they’re sure to be staples on shopping lists.

28 Made-in-USA Merchandise: Local and made-in-America products are such a fast-growing category that you might want to add more shelf space for them.

34 Floor Coverings, Textiles & Linens: Home remodeling is booming with the “stay-at-home” trend. That’s carrying over to home décor, such as these rugs, runners, throws, pillows, towels, napkins, and more.


24 Atlanta Market Snapshot: Take a peek at some of Atlanta Market’s hot gift and home décor products from its summer show.

26 Las Vegas Market Snapshot: Las Vegas Market highlights some of its best and most popular merchandise from the summer show.

38 Hire the Best Retail: Talent You Can Find You’ve got too much at stake to hire the wrong people. Discover secrets to finding the best employees.

40 Business Briefs: Putting windows to work; training for tension and tempers; ‘tis the season to be safe; retail COVID comebacks; taking to the streets.

42 Adapting Visual Merchandising to the New Normal: COVID-19 requires outside-the box thinking to adjust to new conditions. Learn effective strategies to move your business forward.

44 News Roundup from Find news stories and article summaries here with full stories available on


46 Lodgical Country
Store: Versatility is a Recipe for Success: When Lynn Fial-Kibler opened her shop near Buffalo, New York, in 2014, she had no idea what she would face in 2020 with COVID-19. Find out how she successfully navigated the challenges.


6 Editor’s Note
8 Welcome Exchange: Questions & Answers that Matter
48 Trade Show Calendar
50 Advertiser Index

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