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The nation’s continuing economic slowdown will keep cargo traffic at major retail container ports below last year’s levels through this summer and early fall, but month-to-month numbers are climbing and ports should see a return to year-over-year growth by Halloween, according to the monthly Port Tracker report released Monday by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Global Insight. U.S. ports surveyed handled 1.26 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEU) of container traffic in April, the most recent month for which actual numbers are available. That’s up 8.9 percent from March, which registered the lowest volume in two years, but down 4.7 percent from April 2007. “The

“Together we can WIN-WIN-WIN” was the message spoken by Richard Glikes, Executive Director of HTSA, at the annual event held in a different part of the country each year for both members of HTSA and its vendor partners. This year it was held in beautiful Savannah, Ga. This year HTSA is 11 years old and Glikes spoke about various goals that would be set forth for the group at a kick-off breakfast/meeting. One major goal he spoke about was the focusing of business on existing vendor partners, particularly encouraging the membership to support these valuable vendors at every opportunity. Glikes also brought up a

The dynamics influencing the consumer electronics and major appliance markets last year were particularly volatile, forcing many retailers to reassess their reasons for being and to redefine what it is that keeps them in business. The industry’s buying groups, at the same time, have stepped up to the plate as much more than mere merchandise conduits. Their role has dramatically expanded and they are now, more than ever, acting as advisors, educators and trainers for their membership. Below, we explore how some of the major groups are working to better serve members in this increasingly charged retail atmosphere. DEALERSCOPE: Talk a bit in general

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