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STABILO announces new partnership with ASDA

Leading European manufacturer of pens, pencils, and other writing instruments, STABILO, has announced a new partnership with ASDA to stock its range of high-quality stationery. This exciting development marks a significant milestone for STABILO as it expands its retail presence. Shoppers can now easily access STABILO's popular products from vibrant highlighters to precision pens, ensuring they have the perfect tools for school, office, and creative projects.

Posted: 13 June 2024

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BLE 2024 preps for 25th anniversary celebrations

Visitor registration has opened for Brand Licensing Europe 2024 as organisers ramp up celebrations for the show's 25th anniversary. European brand licensing professionals including retailers, manufacturers, brand owners, agents, service providers, marketers and designers are invited to secure their free pass to the three-day event now at https://utm.io/ugO2o . BLE is Europe's leading event for licensing, brand extension and collaborations and takes place slightly earlier this year from 24-26 September at ExCeL London.

Posted: 11 June 2024

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Craft for cats - with Cats Protection

Cats Protection is holding five different at-home Craft for Cats events this year, which means you can try your hand at five fabulous cat-themed crafts. The kits are exclusively designed specifically for all skill levels from beginner to intermediate. When you sign up to one of our Craft for Cats events, you'll get everything you need to make your masterpiece sent right to your door. You'll also get access to the Craft for Cats Facebook group, where you'll be part of a cat-loving community who all share a passion for having fun and making lovely things while wanting to make a difference to the lives of cats and kittens.

Posted: 6 June 2024

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Cath Kidston Padgham & The Indian Block Print Co partner

Iconic print designer Cath Kidston Padgham MBE has partnered with Oxfordshire-based The Indian Block Print Co. to design three exclusive sets of Indian wooden printing blocks and fabric paint palette, inspired by her love of gardening and scented geraniums. The blocks have been designed by Cath's own studio Joy of Print which she founded in 2017. The company designs print and product for international retailers as well as sharing its distinctive portfolio in collaboration with like-minded brands.

Posted: 28 May 2024

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NY NOW Celebrates 100 Years this August

NY NOW, the premier wholesale trade show in New York City serving the gift, home, and accessories marketplace, today is pleased to unveil exciting plans as it continues its 100th anniversary celebration this August at the Summer 2024 Market. Returning to New York City's Javits Center from August 4–7, 2024, NY NOW's Summer Market 2024 will showcase key enhancements aimed at providing a collaborative and immersive experience for the thousands of exhibitors and attendees that gather at the preeminent event. Designers, industry veterans, and media members are invited to join buyers and suppliers across the gift, home, and accessories sectors, promising meaningful connections within the retail capital of the world.

Posted: 21 May 2024

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h+h americas 2024 sets new records

The third edition of h+h americas confirmed its status as the fastest growing US event for the handicraft industry. A record number of 3,831 professionals from 36 countries and all 50 US states ventured to Rosemont to source the latest crafts products from 402 vendors, increasing exhibitor participation by 50% compared to the previous year. Attendees consisted of major retailers such as Michaels, JOANN Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Blick Art Materials as well as store owners from all across North and South America and Europe. Combined social media engagement reached 17 Million viewers based on data provided by attending content creators.

Posted: 9 May 2024

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WTT (White Toner Transfer) Innovation

TheMagicTouch offer the perfect entry-level low maintenance desktop, powderless, DTF transfer solution for single and full colour transfers for garment and textile decoration. All made possible using CMYK + White toner transfers printed with selected LED/Laser digital desktop printers. The new 2-Part "WTT" (White Toner Transfer) consists of a transparent film and a white paper booster enabling full colour transfers to be produced with vibrancy, speed and the best durability ever. No cutting or weeding required. Simply print the logo/design on to the matt side of the transparent film and then press together with the white paper booster. The white will only transfer to where toner is on the transparent sheet.

Posted: 25 April 2024

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40 years of Messe Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH

Messe Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH (MFS) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Founded in 1984, MFS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and now consists of two areas: Fairconstruction and Media Services. The lasting success of the Group's very first subsidiary is founded on providing exhibitors with the best possible visibility through stand construction and marketing services.

Posted: 18 April 2024

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Autumn Fair returns, Sept 2024

Autumn Fair returns on the 1st – 4th September at NEC Birmingham as the indispensable destination for buyers to explore a wealth of new and captivating products from the most coveted brands in retail. Take great products from the show floor to the shop window in time for retail's peak season with Autumn Fair's curated selection of over 600 suppliers including the retail market's bellwether brands in every major sector across Home, Gift, and Fashion. Historically over 30% of brands are also exclusive to Autumn Fair - you won't find them at any other show.

Posted: 11 April 2024

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The Creative Retail Awards latest!

The Creative Retail Awards, in collaboration with Shop Drop Daily, is excited to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new Award – The Shop Drop Daily Concept of the Year Award. This prestigious Award celebrates the most innovative and inspiring branded concepts from around the world, as featured on Shop Drop Daily - the premier destination for cutting-edge brand experiences. This Award features the Top 10 most viewed concepts of 2023, curated from the platform's daily drops, showcasing the pinnacle of creativity and excellence in the global retail industry.

Posted: 26 March 2024

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