ICRS Children’s Trends workshop celebrates 20 years

March 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Mary Manz Simon has been combining her experience as an early childhood educator and a children’s market analyst to keep ICRS attendees ahead of sale-impacting trends for 20 years. Come celebrate the anniversary of this popular workshop, as Dr. Manz Simon shares new

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Looking for a new kids’ product idea?

March 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Zipadee-Zip is a sleep garment to encourage babies and toddlers to sleep during travel. It was created by Sleepingbaby.com, which is developing additional sleep products for children up to five.

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Dave Buck

Kerusso names sales VP

January 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Dave Buck joined the Kerusso team as VP of sales, specializing in Christian store key accounts. He comes with more than 20 years of account and sales management experience with Hallmark and DaySpring. Kerusso Founder and CEO Vic Kennett said, “Kerusso continues to expand,

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Cathedral Art becomes CA Gift

January 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Cathedral Art Metal Company is changing its name to CA Gift, to better reflect their expanded product lines. President Leo Tracey said, “Our new name includes a subtitle that succinctly describes our new entity: Be Inspired”…(which) will include memorial gifts and sentiment-driven impulse items

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Swanson unveils faith-based puppets

January 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

A new line of faith inspired puppets for church and personal use is available from Swanson Christian Products. The puppets are made available to retailers both individually and as part of a 32-piece floor display, which is free with the purchase of a preselected puppet assortment.

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Willow Creek Press goes to the dogs

December 18, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The Wisconsin publisher signed an agreement for a new collectible book based on the latest canine sensation, Flint, the Pomeranian pup. The collection releases this spring, along with a 2015 calendar featuring new and original photos. Flint will join other Willow Creek Press favorites like “Seth Casteel’s Underwater Dogs,” “Just Labs,” and

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New products based on ‘The Bible’ miniseries coming in November

October 29, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In November Art & SoulWorks will release bookmark and wallet card collections based on last March’s hit History channel miniseries The Bible. Produced by Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and her husband, Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice), The Bible drew an audience of 100 million in the United States. It was one of the fastest selling TV-to-disc titles ever and was nominated for three EMMY awards.  

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Nostalgic Christmas ideas offered

October 07, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Sherry Morris of Carpentree says lifestyle merchandising around nostalgic themes of Christmases past can help Christian stores create distinctive store environments that connect emotionally with Christian customers. One idea in her upcoming November CBA Retailers+Resources Merchandising column is to set up a turn of the century display using a wooden chair with a cozy pillow cushion and stockings hung on the back

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Yankee Candle acquired in $1.75 billion purchase

September 04, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jarden Corp. will acquire Yankee Candle for approximately $1.75 billion from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners in a deal expected to close in the fourth quarter. The deal will boost Jarden sales about $7 billion and expand this segment to about 35% of the Fortune 500 company’s holdings.

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God’s perfect timing.

August 22, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Roman, Inc. Marketing Coordinator Jackie Kutrovacz shared a great story with CBA Industry Brief today that exemplifies that things truly do happen for a reason. Last January, Roman sponsored a Spin-to-Win game for retailers. The grand prize was a trip to the Summer Show at the Las Vegas Gift Market.

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