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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays!
If you’ve ever worked in a retail store (and you probably have if you are reading this blog), you know that last week of shopping before Christmas can turn even the most “holly jolly” spirit into something a bit more Grinch-like.  To all my friends working up to that last minute shopping frenzy, may all your days be merry and bright! 
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Categories: December | Tags: Merchandising , Store Displays | Comments: (0) | View Count: (1031)
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Spring Trends

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Spring Trends
Gear for Sports shows off spring trends with stripes, heathers and dots to the best advantage with these decked out mannequins at CAMEX.  Lime green skinny jeans and ballet slippers complete the look.
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Categories: 2014, April | Tags: visual merchandising , displays , product , promotions | Comments: (0) | View Count: (4274)
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Best deals at CAMEX?

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Best deals at CAMEX?
Be on the lookout for our vendor partner signs and our “Picks” ribbons and tags. See you in Dallas.
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Categories: 2014, March | Tags: promotions , product , displays | Comments: (0) | View Count: (3151)
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Co-Market with Local Attractions

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Co-Market with Local Attractions
On a recent visit to Chicago I spied this noteworthy display window at the Best Buy on Michigan Avenue.  Thousands of tourists visit Chicago for the museums and the shopping and this store combines the best of both worlds.  The mannequin, some Shedd Aquarium coffee mugs and the Keurig coffee maker (available inside), certainly caught my eye.  What’s a local museum or attraction you can partner with?
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Categories: 2013, October | Tags: displays , visual merchandising | Comments: (0) | View Count: (2222)
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Coming to a Blackboard near You

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Coming to a Blackboard near You
BYU Idaho Bookstore is on top of a hot trend I’ve been noticing – the art of chalkboard lettering.  At a recent trade show, Robb Faust and I saw new product introductions from several manufacturers featuring the latest in marker technology, essentially a liquid chalk based marker in a variety of nib sizes. Unlike dry-erase or whiteboard markers, chalk markers are erasable with a damp cloth on a variety of non-porous surfaces with rich, opaque color coverage.  Plus, the...
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Categories: 2013, September | Tags: displays , visual merchandising , store signage , product | Comments: (0) | View Count: (8664)
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Paula Haerr

VP Retail Services Connect2One

As vice president of retail services of the Connect2One buying group, Paula is recognized as one of the leading experts on products and merchandising in the college store industry.  From a collegiate retailing career that began in the mid-70’s to her role today in serving the needs of 550+ independent college stores, Paula’s knowledge of the channel has made her a frequent speaker at national, state and regional events.   A self-described “professional shopper,” Paula shares her insider tips on the latest trends in her “Paula’s Picks” blog and the much anticipated Connect2One What’s Hot semi-annual review.


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