Thanksgiving Shoppers Increase, But Spend Less
Black Friday, America's modern tradition of shopping the day after Thanksgiving, has become a big day on retailers' calendars. And while National Federation of Retailers (NRF) figures found that 141 million Americans went shopping over the four-day holiday weekend—up from 139 million in 2012—the $57.4 billion they spent was down 2.9 percent from the previous year's figures.
Small Business Saturday Grows More Popular With U.S. Consumers
Small Business Saturday, an initiative to encourage shoppers to patronize small and local businesses on the Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday, has become more popular with consumers.
Coloring Book Solutions Acquires Coloring Book Advantages
Coloring Book Solutions (UPIC: COLBKSOL) of Ashland, Ohio, has acquired the assets of Coloring Book Advantages (UPIC: Coloring).
Maritz Motivation Solutions Launches Maritz Reward Studio Division
Maritz Motivation Solutions, based in St. Louis, Missouri, and under the same corporate umbrella as industry distributor Maritz Performance Improvement Co. (UPIC: MARI0002), has launched The Maritz Reward Studio, a new division specializing in providing global reward solutions grounded in human behavior research.
OrigAudio Speaks With Entrepreneur Magazine
Entrepreneur magazine featured Costa Mesa, California-based supplier OrigAudio (UPIC: ORIG44) and its co-founder Jason Lucash in a story on why the company shifted from a retail to a business-to-business model, and what its plans are for 2014. Read the full article on Entrepreneur's website.
Bagley Idea Pros President Elected Mayor Of Florida Town
Howard Wiggs, MAS, president of Bagley Idea Pros, has been elected mayor of Lakeland, Florida. Wiggs had served on the Lakeland City Commission for 21 years and will serve as mayor for a four-year term.