Retail Product Features

T-shirt Trends: Selling through selection and service

Add Some Variety Variety is not only the spice of life—it's also a key ingredient to a successful cart or kiosk T-shirt business. "It's important to have a var... »

Wrap Apparel: The cool new hot product

One product, many looks What's better than selling high-markup, one-of-a-kind, reversible-silk wrap apparel that can be worn 100 different ways and appeals to a wide... »

Medical Wonders

Shoppers visiting Hanes Mall can check their blood pressure, visit a dental spa to have their teeth whitened instantly, and get their vision tested and a new set of ... »

Handbags: Specialty Retailers Deliver Sales

Always Room for Another For today's multitasking, multidimensional woman of the 21st Century, there's no such thing as just one handbag. There's the oversized bag th... »

Fabulous Funky Footwear

Shoe Sales Sandal, flip-flop, clog or roller sneaker, today's footwear does more than just get people from one place to another. In addition to function, today's sho... »

Buckles and Belts

What's Hot, What's New, What's Selling People express themselves in all kinds of ways: by displaying insignias of their favorite sports team on a cap, by wearing a T... »


Bag It!Like any product, gift bags have to give the consumer a reason to buy, so manufacturers have stepped up their efforts to differentiate their bags from others ... »

Sports Sell… and Specialty Retailers Score!

The Money in Sports Sports products—especially licensed products showing the logo of a team or league—are selling faster than a Roger Clemens' fastball. ... »


From LMUs to POS
Puttin' on the Ritz If you haven't heard of LMUs yet, or luxury merchandising units, you probably will soon. Luxury goods are still outselling ... »

Pet Profits: Cashin’ In on Canines

Dogs today live the good life. They don canine couture, lap up gourmet meals (Labrador lasagna, anyone?) and stay in luxurious pet resorts with bone-shaped pools, cl... »

Product Profile: Kids’ Demonstration Products

If You Show It, They Will Come If you show it, they will come. That could be the mantra for specialty retailers who sell kids' demonstration products from carts and ... »


From cupcakes to digital displays
$100 Million The parent company of Camille's Sidewalk Café, which entrepreneur David Rutkauskas grew from a single cart i... »

Beautiful Billions

With a culture geared toward admiring the beautiful, it's no wonder that the beauty market is hot and is expected to stay that way for a long time. According to Pack... »

Upscale Sales

Stock the Inventory Luxury today has more to do with the enjoyment of upscale merchandise than the price tag or brand name. Smart specialty retailers are getting in ... »

iPod iPassion

iSales Consumers of all ages have gone absolutely nuts about Apple's iPod. Not only has the company sold more than 40 million iPods since its debut in October 2001, ... »
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