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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).

COVR Announces Winners of 17th Annual Visionary Awards

The Coalition for Visionary Resources (COVR, http://covr.org/) recently hosted the 17th Annual Visionary Awards in June at the International New Age Trade Show (www.inats.com) in Denver, Co. Awards are given for books, music, and gifts, as well as for retailer and vendor of the year and an overall product of the year.

Collective Home Celebrates at Summer GALLA Market
Summer GALLA Market Combined Show a Successful Debut

LA Mart’s recent Summer GALLA Market (http://lamart.com/market-events/galla-market/) debuted a new, unified marketplace, “How the West Is One,” allowing buyers to shop three venues in one: California Market Center, LA Mart, and the California Gift Show.

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.