Industry Partners at AmericasMart

Industry Partners

Welcome to AmericasMart Atlanta! We proudly collaborate with these industry leaders and encourage you do, too. Reach the associations related to your business to learn more, network and prosper. And be sure to meet their members at Market! Your active involvement boosts the best experience for retail stores, designers, stagers, vendors, sales reps AND consumers. Move our industry forward for the most viable, innovative future!

We are your local hardware store and we are a part of your community. Ace Hardware has 5,000+ stores internationally with most of those stores independently owned & operated by local entrepreneurs. While other retailers become large & impersonal, at Ace, we've remained small and personal. Ace is the Place with the Helpful Hardware Folks.

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The mission of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership, and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form. Established in 1965 AIFD is, today, the floral industry's leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design. AIFD and its accredited members are in the forefront of the industry in presenting educational design programs and in designing flowers for events worldwide.

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American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is an organization for interior designers, students, manufacturers and suppliers (13,500 design members).

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Founded in 1992, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is an international not-for-profit trade organization that serves more than 1,800 independent retailers, manufacturers, and sales representations of the specialty toy industry. ASTRA is a dedicated community of professionals committed to providing children with healthy, quality play materials that have high play value. ASTRA members build their businesses around specialty toys, which are designed with a focus on what the child can do, rather than what the toy can do. ASTRA members are leaders who have a positive influence on the economy, culture and creativity of the communities they serve.

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Founded in 1989, the Association of Golf Merchandisers is an international, professional association consisting of more than 750 buyer members and over 150 vendor partners all dedicated to strengthening the golf merchandising industry. The AGM mission of education is to EDUCATE golf retail buyers/merchandisers and golf professionals, ELEVATE the golf merchandising profession, and ENHANCE communication between golf buyers and vendor partners.

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Brixy is the trade association for baby boutiques across North America. Our stores carry a variety of categories including baby gifts, nursery decor, baby gear, & other accessories. Brixy shops range in size and product selection but must all have a brick and mortar presence.

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CRAFT is a nonprofit trade association whose members are retailers who sell handmade American products, an artists who sell their work wholesale. We are dedicated to the business of handmade American goods. Our major project is American Craft Week, a ten-day celebration of handmade artists and goods held every October throughout the nation.

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The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is a trade association of U.S. and Canadian fair trade businesses. FTF membership represents an entire organization, not just an individual product. This high bar of fair trade means each and every business decision is made with the well-being of artisans and farmers in mind.

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We are the largest Independent Specialty Toy buying group in the US & Canada with over 100 toy retailers and 180 store fronts.

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GC Buying Group has been dedicated to the success of the independent retailer since 1981. We are the leading and original Buying Group in the housewares industry. We currently have over 300 store locations across the nation. Our mission is to keep the independent retailer independent while providing solutions for competition and alleviating big box advantages. Our goal is your success.

Gourmet Catalog negotiates merchandise discounts with over 150 vendors, freight allowances, and special dating for members. Multiple Member Meetings are held each year with an exclusive member trade show, education, and networking/social events. Store networking opportunities and the Members-Only website allow members to stay ahead of their competition.

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Add a Hallmark Gold Crown department to your store/gift shop. Hallmark, the leader in the greeting card industry, is ready to bring additional sales to your store through a broad range of greetings, gift wrap and emotionally relevant gift products. Visit us in Bldg 2, Showroom #735A to learn how to bring a Hallmark department to your store!

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Serving the Independent Retailer since 1999 Kitchenware and Gift Retailers and Vendors belong to our membership giving quality education and receiving promotions, programs, and discounts around.

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230+ independent, institutionally-affiliated, campus owned/operated college stores in US & Canada

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MAI RETAILERS is a Premier Retail Networking Organization. We are a growing network of 50+ diverse gift and boutique business owners. Each member has a 50 mile radius territory protection so they can freely share product info about merchandise ordered for their stores without fear of competition. This promotes trend knowledge and maximum profit.

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The purpose of this organization shall be the cooperative effort of the members in problem solving; the development and improvement of services to each member and their respective association; the dissemination of information to its members; and educational enlightenment relative to association management.

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We are entrepreneurial farm families who invite customers to visit our farms and experience the food and the fun we create to sustain our livelihood. Our membership is made up of farmers, industry suppliers, farmers’ market participants, and government officials. Together we work to advance agritourism including on-farm retail, pick your own, consumer-supported agriculture, direct delivery, and farmers' markets. We facilitate events, resources, communications, and peer-to-peer exchanges that bring together new relationships and opportunities.

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Palmer Marketing (Palmer Retail Network) is a trusted resource for retail store marketing. Providing proven traffic building promotions, direct mail marketing, and retail support helps our retailers improve their customer base and their bottom line. Good people, doing good business, having a good time.

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The Parable Group is a leader in developing strategic print and digital marketing that connects brands, products and services to faith-based consumers everywhere.

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Connecting and supporting the Hospital Gift Shop Community since 1996; Purchasing Power Plus is a buying group uniquely tailored for this marketplace.

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Real Deals, based in Twin Falls, ID, is a rapidly-growing international franchise of local mom-and-pop shoppes. The company is in the Top 500 Franchises of Entrepreneur Magazine. Real Deals, launched nearly 2 decades ago by five sisters who opened décor shoppes for fun, started franchising in 2006 and has grown to 65 stores in 16 states and 2 provinces. The company's purchasing power means lower prices on its broad and rapidly-changing selection of home décor and boutique clothing and accessories. Real Deals' owners pride themselves on offering elite customer service in an atmosphere that is fun and friendly, often hosting open houses and private parties, while supporting their communities with "fun" raisers.

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Real Estate Staging Association®️️ (RESA®️️) is the trade association for professional real estate stagers and re-designers. RESA®️️ is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit association. RESA®️️ members are a global community of professional home stagers, redesigners, decorators and real estate professionals who are committed to advancing professionalism and excellence in real estate staging.

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The SIA has a mantra; Connect the Community Across the Globe, which is why membership in our association is free for those in the gift market. We span the globe and are always happy to help!

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Nationwide member-run group of premier specialty gift, apparel and toy retailers. Members work to ensure profitable collaboration, effective customized marketing and quality high-margin product. Partnering vendors benefit from access to 500+ storefronts, and a business relationship that values mutual success.

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True Value Company, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the world's leading hardlines wholesalers with a globally recognized brand and over 70 years of experience serving independent hardware retailers. True Value Company provides its customers in over 60 countries an expansive product set with market-customized assortments at highly competitive prices, superior product availability, innovative marketing programs and a la carte value-added services like eCommerce ship-to-store, store remodel support and True Value University, all within a flexible model that requires no membership. With 13 regional distribution centers, and approximately 2,500 associates serving over 4,500 stores, True Value Company celebrates independence and drives retail excellence across the U.S. and internationally.

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Wild Birds Unlimited is dedicated to helping people attract more beautiful birds to their yard with expertly-designed bird foods and bird feeding products.. Each of the company's 350 retail stores across the US and Canada serves as a community resource and provides trusted local advice about backyard bird feeding. Learn more about Wild Birds Unlimited and how you can add the joy of bird feeding to your world by visiting www.wbu.com.

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The Zoo, Aquarium and Gardens Buyers Group (ZAG) advocates for independently operated in-house gift shops in the Zoo, Aquarium and Gardens industry. We support our members through mentorship, peer networking and professional development opportunities.

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