service provider resources

We encourage you to utilize these industry service providers that are loyal supporters of the GHTA. You can learn about the organizations and how to contact them below!

BusinessFinance | Market Centers | Media/Publications | Technology

Business

Eller Enterprises has been serving the gift, home and furniture industries for 11 years as a consulting service to over 120 companies within the industry.  Randy Eller is the principal of the firm and has served his entire 40 year career in these industries as a retailer, key account salesperson, and part owner and CEO of CBK from 1987 until 2002, culminating in the successful sale of the business to a large New York Stock Exchange company.  

The company’s client list includes startup companies, some of the biggest and most established large companies in the industry, operators of various markets, and coaching of numerous individuals within the industry on a confidential basis.  Eller Enterprises has also facilitated a number of transactions within the industry as well, consulting companies on their exit strategies to prepare them for the desired outcome of a sale.  

In addition, Randy has spoken numerous times to audiences throughout the industry and is a member of the National Speakers Association.  He has also had over 60 articles published in various trade magazines which can be viewed on the company’s website at www.ellerent.com.  

Whatever your need may be, Eller Enterprises is prepared to help you assess the opportunities before you and work with you and your team to build a successful strategic plan on how to move forward.  Feel free to contact us today at reller@ellerent.com so we may further explain to you our services and provide references for your review.  

 

Specialty retailers tell stories, inviting todays' multi-generational shoppers out of their homes and off their phones to discover something new and fresh. Franklin Fixtures enables that kind of story-telling through display solutions that are flexible for constant changes, effective in meeting the eye, providing waist high offerings and giving the merchandise the showcase it needs.

Offering manufacturing-direct sales and custom display as a standard practice, Franklin Fixtures is a solar powered small manufacturer that has been the gold standard in display for specialty retailers, bookstores, museum stores and hospitality spaces since 1974. With products that last for 30+ years, Franklin's biggest competitor is often used Franklin Fixtures, proven flexible and solid over time.

Manufacturing counter systems (modular or fixed), cafes, tables, mobile display, shelving in woods, glass and metals, Franklin Fixtures are fresh, functional and affordable investments. Visualization is easy with space and fixture design, provided as a complementary service to customers.To learn more about Franklin Fixtures, please click HERE.

Our Expansion Sherpas Expand your Market Footprint℠, faster. We increase client shareholder value by executing growth beyond organic growth and acquisition opportunities. Because it is difficult to run a business, and build a new business, at the same time, using the same resources, our Sherpas build a new business (in related channels and new categories) that fits inside your business, without distracting from your core. 

To learn more, please contact Benno Duenkelsbuehler at Benno@reALIGNforResults.com. www.reALIGNforResults.com

 

Total Biz Fulfillment provides a unique combination of a full service fulfillment house, complete back-office facilities and support services like kitting, assortments and light assembly for manufacturers that utilize a business-to-business sales strategy. Our sterling reputation has been cultivated by assisting manufacturers to successfully build their brands throughout North America by continually striving to exceed their expectations as well as those of their customers. To learn more about Total Biz Fulfillment, please click HERE.

Finance

The Gift Associates Interchange Network (GAIN) is a member-driven association of credit professionals in the giftware, greeting card, home décor, specialty foods, toys and related industries. GAIN members understand that maintaining the financial status of customers and prospects can easily exhaust two of a company’s most valuable resources: time and money.

Members of GAIN have access to more than 85,000 independent retailers, amounting to over $3.7 billion in outstanding A/R. Membership also provides access to credit and collection management workshops, free monthly webinars, and meetings for industry-related education and networking. GAIN credit confidence and a competitive advantage!

To learn more, please contact:
Paul Grolemund, paul.grolemund@abc-amega.com
www.gaingroup.com
 

Our mission at Fundbox is to simplify and improve the way that small businesses pay and get paid. The company uses cutting-edge technology, data science, and common sense to give small businesses greater access and choice to financial solutions that are intuitive, fast, and transparent so the business owner can remain focused on running their business. Fundbox provides credit limits up to $100,000 and can transfer funds as soon as the next business day. Because of us, small businesses across the U.S. have more control over their finances and are better able to succeed and grow.

Fundbox is funded by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, finance veterans, and venture capitalists, including Spark Capital Growth, Bezos Expeditions (the personal investment arm of Jeff Bezos), General Catalyst Partners, Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, former CitiGroup CEO Vikram Pandit, and other prominent investors. Fundbox was recognized as a Billion Dollar-Startup to watch in 2017 by Forbes.

NXGEN-NE delivers technology forward payment solutions to every type of business throughout the United States, Canada and around the globe. Founded and based in Whitefish MT, NXGEN has organically grown to be recognized as a leader in this fast paced, technology driven industry.  With local offices across the country and a global footprint in more than 50 countries, we are committed to satisfying small business payment needs with carefully curated, best-of-industry solutions to help business owners grow their business. What’s more? NXGEN has the highest reputation in the industry; Absolute Integrity, Respect, Excellence (A.R.E) – Our core values are the foundation of everything we do.

To learn more, please contact:
Bruce Bartolotta, Bruce@ppseast.com
860-767-9768, www.nxgen.com


Market Centers

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AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation's leading wholesale marketplace housing a broad mix of gift, home furnishings, area rug and fashion apparel product in more than 1,400 showrooms and more than 10,000 trade show booths staged annually.  Its 16 annual markets and shows serve attendees from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.americasmart.com.

 

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading open-daily wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in gift, home decor, furniture, lighting, and women's/men's /children's fashions. Inside its dynamic five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, hundreds of thousands of customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via permanent showrooms and temps participating in trade events held throughout the year. To learn more, please visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com

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Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest-growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

 


Media/Publications

Gift Shop is the one-stop resource for gift retailers looking for the products, ideas and inspiration they need to succeed. Every issue of Gift Shop features in-depth retailer profiles as well as hundreds of the latest products and product categories covering all of the best-selling trends in the retail marketplace. To learn more, visit www.giftshopmag.com.

To learn more, please contact:
Julie McCallum, jmccallum@greatamericanpublish.com
www.giftshopmag.com
 

Gifts and Decorative Accessories has been a valuable resource to the gift industry since 1917. Full of retailer profiles, digital tips, vendor backstories, consumer trend research, breaking news and stylish portrayals of best-selling products, the magazine helps trade professionals make the best decisions for their businesses. The editors cover every gift category, from home to bath and body, and offer the latest insights into gift trends, store and merchandising tips and the hottest, newest products. To learn more, please click HERE.
 

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Museums & More is a national, multimedia business resource for speciality retailers that provides the latest products, trends and news while celebrating the industry and keeping an eye toward the future.

With a print circulation of its quarterly magazine to more than 26,000, Museums & More serves as a link between retailers, product merchandisers and advertisers by informing and educating them of successful business operations and innovative trends in the world of specialty shops. The magazine's readers are from museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks, resorts and tourist destinations, hospital gift shops, botanical gardens and nature centers and other specialty gift shops. To learn more, please click HERE.
 

Retail Details the Podcast for and about independent retailers. Hosted by Becky Tyre, founder of the Retail Details blog, longtime supporter of the shop local movement, retail writer and visual merchandising enthusiast. Launched in the summer of 2019, each episode features an interview with an independent retailer who shares tips, insights and inspirations from their retail journeys. To learn more, please click HERE or contact Becky Tyre: hello@retaildetailspodcast.com.

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Stationery Trends is an award-winning magazine for the greeting card, social stationery and related lifestyle gift industry. Renowned for its engaging editorial, industry insights and high-quality photography, Stationery Trends is the coveted resource for retailers looking to stay ahead of the trend curve and on top of the latest must-haves. To learn more, please click HERE.


Technology

Aptean Apprise ERP is an all-in-one Enterprise Resource Planning system designed specifically to handle everything consumer goods importers and distributors need to manage and grow their businesses. Fully-integrated with features for gift and home product distribution, Apprise improves supply chain efficiency and profitability for companies around the world. While other ERPs require extensive customization or third-party plug-ins, Aptean’s solution is built to fulfill your core functions out of the box -- saving time and money without sacrificing capability.

 Our knowledgeable team works with businesses like yours every day, meaning we can guide you and provide industry-best recommendations based on your needs. From collaborative forecasting, demand planning, and importing to sophisticated warehouse management, financial reporting, and retailer compliance, including direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping requirements – Apprise ERP has the functionality you need to streamline your entire business. Click here for more information.

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Brandwise is an integrated solution providing powerful technology tools for suppliers and agencies. They help reps be more valuable to their retailers by arming them with engaging digital presentations, intuitive order capture tools, sales order management and automated order delivery, B2B e-commerce websites, and robust data to guide purchase decisions. All solutions are backed with industry-leading support and over 20 years of leadership in the wholesale industry from Brandwise. We recently partnered with Fundbox to provide net-60 terms integrated directly into our Brandwise products. Suppliers get paid right away and retailers extend their open to buy!

To learn more, please contact:
Ron Petroff, rpetroff@brandwise.com
o. 877.435.3225 x607  | c. 214.418.9700
www.brandwise.com
 

ChannelAdvisor is a leading e-commerce cloud platform whose mission is to connect and optimize the world’s commerce. For nearly two decades, ChannelAdvisor has helped retailers and branded manufacturers worldwide improve their online performance by expanding sales channels, connecting with consumers around the world, optimizing their operations for peak performance and providing actionable analytics to improve competitiveness. Thousands of customers depend on ChannelAdvisor to securely power their sales and optimize fulfillment on channels such as Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, Walmart and hundreds more.  For more information, visit channeladvisor.com.

 

“For several years we have been frustrated by the lack of standards in our industry for organizing and distributing product data, digital assets and other necessary content among our sales partners,” says John Grob, an industry leader and veteran of over 40 years! Partnering with co-founder Dylan Schauben, carrying 26+ years of industry experience. The invention of Showroom Solutions, “Brandwise,” taught 11-year-old Dylan that technology can have a positive impact on an industrial level!

This principle is the foundation of what The Company stands for today, merging industry experience with cutting-edge technology to support the changing marketplace and buyer behavior.

We strongly believe that the keys to success are in the details, and our extreme attention to detail reflects in everything we do for you and your business! It’s the little things that separate THE Company from other companies.

Our vision is to bring the industry together. Through the standardization of data, assets, staffing, and consulting, we are here to fill in the gaps, raise the bar higher, and move the industry forward together!

The Company’s services that set our new industry standard and help reach this vision are as followed, but not limited to:

  • Custom 3D Virtual Showrooms accessible 365 days a year!

  • Centralized Data Management for easy access of all your product information and details wherever, whenever!

  • Personalized Market Staffing Services providing you with the most qualified and dependable employees for all your showroom staffing needs.

  • Professional Videography for presenting your products and connecting with your target audience exactly as intended across as many platforms as you desire!

  • Technology Consulting to identify your pain points, so we can help implement programs resulting in maximum efficiency with minimum effort required.

The Company is with you every step of the way for every product and service, from integration to implementation and individualized training. Fusing industry experience with technology and business strategy to accelerate growth and sales.

We are not just here to sell you on a product or service, we are here to help take your business to a whole new level…

When you succeed, The Company succeeds!

Contact The Company now for your FREE consultation marsha@thecompany.tech

As Gift and Home’s leading digital agency for 20 years, Whereoware specializes in building award-winning, personalized websites, mobile applications, and emails, and getting huge results with data integrations, analytics, and digital advertising. Whereoware also developed Pharos, a B2B e-commerce product suite built specifically for the Gift and Home industry, including a mobile application for B2B field sales reps; a PIM system for managing data across the web; a product-focused CRM system; a responsive email template tool; a fast and easy website platform to sell 24/7; and an interactive presentation tool for rich, shoppable digital catalogs. To learn more about Whereoware and the Pharos Product Suite, please visit whereoware.com.

To learn more, please contact:
Joe Harris, jharris@whereoware.com
www.whereoware.com