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Bipartisan Bill Promotes Marketplace Fairness

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National Retail Federation applauded the introduction yesterday of the bipartisan Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would streamline collection of state retail sales tax, requiring merchants to collect sales tax regardless of whether they are a brick-and-mortar store or “remote seller” (i.e., Internet store located in another state).

Urban Expositions' Maker’s Movement
Urban Expositions Embraces the Maker’s Movement

Trade show organizer Urban Expositions (www.urban-expo.com), which hosts 34 gift shows each year, has re-branded its Handcrafted product section to respond to the growing buyer demand for quality artisan-made gifts and décor.

Sounds True and New Earth Records
Sounds True Partners With New Earth Records

Multimedia publisher Sounds True recently announced it will be the exclusive U.S. distributor for visionary music recording label New Earth Records starting October 15, 2014.

Holiday Shopping
140 Million Plan to Kick-start Their Holiday Shopping Thanksgiving Weekend

140 million holiday shoppers are poised to cash in holiday deals this Thanksgiving weekend according to NRF’s 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations survey. Among the findings, the survey revealed the top five ways shoppers planned to keep track of holiday sales and promotions:

1. Advertising circulars (47.9%)
2. Emails from retailers (31.4%)
3. TV advertising (24.9%)
4. Retailer websites (24.3%)
5. Coupon websites (20.8%)