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 100 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 [email protected] so we may further explain to you our services and provide references for your review.  

 

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 [email protected]. www.reALIGNforResults.com

 

Talent is a person’s capacity for near-perfect performance. At Talent Plus, we identify people with the potential for near-perfect performance so clients can make wise decisions in the selection and development of their teams. When we identify talent, we transform lives. Talent Plus is the Leading Talent Assessment PartnerSM with organizations committed to growth.

Talent Plus structured interviews and Talent Online ® Assessments (TOASM) are built with the highest degree of scientific rigor and integrity. Over 6 million interviews and assessments as well as countless research studies conducted by Talent Plus have shown strong relationships between interview results and business outcomes.

Established in 1989, Talent Plus is an internationally recognized management consulting firm with over 400 clients in 20 countries delivering interviews in more than 30 languages. To learn more about Talent Plus, please click HERE.

 

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:
Robert Gagliardi, [email protected]
www.gaingroup.com
 

Priority Payment Systems' [PPS] corporate mission is to enrich the transaction experience for merchants and consumers. The company's products and services enable merchants to accept credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, electronic checks and check conversion. PPS' offerings include full servicing of the merchant experience, including, credit underwriting, risk management and fraud prevention, settlement and funding, customer service and technical support. 

PPS has established new benchmarks for speed, accuracy, service and convenience. The company is continually developing consumer-inspired technologies designed to give merchants more control over their businesses. Products are targeted to the needs of particular market segments and are delivered at competitive prices.

To learn more, please contact:
Bruce Bartolotta, [email protected]

 

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Rosenthal & Rosenthal is a privately held finance company specializing in factoring and asset-based lending. For almost 80 years, the Rosenthal family has helped clients of all sizes in the gift and home industry grow their businesses. As a private firm, Rosenthal has flexible lending practices and provides fast, friendly service.

To learn more, please contact:
Cassie Rosenthal, [email protected]
www.rosenthalinc.com


Market Centers

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Founded in 1957 by world-renowned architect and developer, John C. Portman, Jr. - and now with son Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr, as president and chief operating officer jointing owning and managing the company - AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation's leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and the largest trade mart/trade show complex of its kind in the world. More retailers, from more places, do business at AmericasMart's mix of speciality product presented in its permanent showrooms and temporary exhibit halls - spread among its four integrated buildings - eclipses that of any other single marketplace, anywhere. In its sprawling 7.7 million-square-foot facilities, AmericasMart's burgeoning product mix covers the broad gift, home furnishings and area rug and extends to include fashion apparel and accessories product in huge quantities. To learn more, please click HERE.
 

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Emerald Expositions is a leading owner and operator of business-to-business and consumer trade shows in the United States, connecting hundreds of thousands of buyers and sellers across the nine diversified end markets. Emerald's shows serve the thriving Gift, Home, and General Merchandising industry, as well as Sports and Apparel, Design, Licensing, Jewelry and Antiques, Photo, Healthcare and Military. To learn more, please click HERE.

 

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Dallas Market Center, the world's most complete wholesale marketplace, has been bringing buyers and sellers together for more than 50 years. Across its campus of more than 5-million-square-feet are profit-making products represented by the leading salespeople and manufacturers in home decor, gifts, lighting, gourmet/housewares, garden and outdoor, holiday/floral, toys, fashion accessories, shoes and apparel for women, men and children. The more than 50 trade events it creates each year are attended by more than 75,000 retail buyers from around the globe.

To learn more, please contact:
Jim Lugannani, [email protected]
 

 

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Since its launch in the summer of 2005, Las Vegas Market has become the most comprehensive furniture, home decor, and gift market in the Western United States, presenting a unique cross-section of 3,000+ resources in an unrivaled market destination.

Here you will find:
- The fastest growing gift and home decor market in the nation
- The only home furnishings market in the west
- THE national bedding market
- New category launches, including casual/outdoor, and housewares/gourmet
- 5 million square-foot, state-of-the-art venue

Las Vegas Market is held on the campus of World Market Center in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The campus is comprised of three interconnected buildings and The Pavilions, showcasing aisles of temporary exhibits featuring GIFT, HOME, DESIGN, HANDMADE, and DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace. Shop 40 floors of furniture, lighting, casual/outdoor, decorative accessories, wall art, housewares, home textiles, tabletop, lifestyle products, jewelry, personal accessories, fashion accessories, toys/juvenile, general gift, housewares/gourmet and more - delivering the most complete cross-category wholesale tradeshow for the furniture, home decor, and gift industries in the United States. To learn more about Las Vegas Market, please click HERE.


Media/Publications

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Gifts and Decorative Accessories has been a partner to the gift industry since 1917, providing essential information for its trade professionals, including independent specialty retailers, manufacturers and their representatives, importers and trade show managers. It delivers in-depth product, trend, forecast and merchandising information, as well as exclusive research analyses and other business critical information. Product categories include gifts, home decor, tabletop, greeting cards, stationery, paper and party goods, fancy foods/gourmet, fashion jewelry, and other related merchandise. 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.
 

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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

Apprise is making business management better for consumer goods distributors. Founded in 1984, Apprise creates integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions for gift and home companies all around the world. With headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and offices in Europe, Australia and China, Apprise is focused on working with local, regional and global distribution businesses–helping them become more efficient, and more profitable. For more information, visit www.apprise.com.
 

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For most suppliers and sales agencies, selling and creating orders is a lot harder than it needs to be. Join the revolution. Brandwise makes it easy, so you can sell more. You'll love the electronic order submission, online catalogs and sales reporting tools for managers and sales people. All Brandwise solutions work together, so everyone in your organization gets the tools and information they need to make selling easier.

To learn more, please contact:
Ron Petroff, [email protected]
o. 877.435.3225 x607  | c. 214.418.9700
www.brandwise.com
 

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Whereoware is the leading internet technology provider for the gift and home industry. Their team of seasoned professionals has over 55 years of combined industry experience. The company has successfully teamed with over 100 diverse clients to implement custom tailored websites, targeted and personalized email marketing and digital catalog implementations.

Whereoware uses its deep understanding of the industry to craft strategies that focus on generating online profits and maximizing the return on investment for its clients. To achieve these goals, Whereoware employs industry-leading tools to build comprehensive online strategies that are fully integrated with a client's overall marketing efforts, online and offline.

To learn more, please contact:
Joe Harris, [email protected]
www.whereoware.com