During the Fall of 2007, the GHTA hosted a Strategic Planning Meeting for many of its members, where incorporating retailers into the association was discussed. The issue became a top priority for the Association, as present members recognized retailers as a significant industry segment and vital industry partner.
Retailer Membership Benefits:
Since the 2007 Strategic Planning Meeting, the GHTA has worked to create tangible benefits for potential retailer members, to ensure their success. The Association launched a retailer website, the Independent Retailer Resource Center (www.independentretailer.biz ), which showcases retail success stories and provides advice for marketing and branding. The GHTA is also co-sponsoring ICON Honors with AmericasMart, an initiative that recognizes the achievements of manufacturers, sales representatives and retailers. Finally, the GHTA supports technology that helps retailers run better businesses, and it allows for an open forum between all industry constituencies, including networking and educational opportunities at conferences, trade shows and more.
"This is a thrilling new venture," said Beth Lang, owner of Alexa's Angels and president of the GHTA. "With the addition of retailers as GHTA members, the GHTA becomes a true industry-wide association, allowing all industry participants to benefit from one another and to achieve success collectively."
Interested in joining the GHTA? Or learning more about its programs? For more information regarding the Gift and Home Trade Association, including retailer membership, please visit www.giftandhome.org, call 877.600.4872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the GIFT AND HOME Trade Association:
GHTA is the gift and home industry's non-profit professional trade association formed to help vendors, sales agencies and industry affiliates work together to improve relationships. GHTA's mission is to lead and transform the gift and home industry to ensure its long-term health and viability. GHTA has four major initiatives: to educate sales professionals; to understand and educate the industry on opportunities for technological efficiencies; to support and cultivate the industry's independent retailers; and to understand and educate the industry on showroom/trade show costs, statistics, schedules, opportunities and preferences. GHTA can be reached by email at email@example.com . For more information on the GIFT AND HOME Trade Association visit www.giftandhome.org .