Industry News

COVR Announces 2016 Visionary Product Award Winners

The Coalition of Visionary Resources ( announced the winners of its 2016 Visionary Product Awards on October 1, honoring the best products in the body-mind-spirit marketplace. Creators, vendors, and publishers submitted their best new products of 2015, which were judged by the retail members of COVR and the general public (votes from COVR retail members counted 60 percent toward the total score).

Allegro Liquidates Indie Music Distribution Division, Labels Left Empty-Handed

Portland-based Allegro Media Group has liquidated its independent music distribution division, which for the past 20 years has distributed the music of more than 100 independent New Age, classical, and children’s music labels to retailers across the country.

Catch ’Em All!

Catch ’Em All!

It's been a few weeks since the Pokémon Go phenomenon began making headlines and motivating people to venture outside to “catch 'em all.” Over the past 20 years, the Pokémon franchise has taken many forms—trading cards, TV shows, video games, and now augmented reality. However, this most recent iteration of the game has been nothing short of revolutionary not only for the gaming world, but for other industries as well.

Splender Releases 2015 Holiday Online Shopping Report

Cash-back shopping site Splender recently released its 2015 Holiday Shopping Key Stats and Trends report, which analyzed over four million online transactions at more than 800 U.S. retailers between November 1 and December 31.