Christian Retailing

Church bookstore seeks to 'help people grow' Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 05:31 PM America/New_York
Volunteer training and care is one of the keys to the success of Saving Grace Bookstore at the 18,000-member Apostolic Church of God in Chicago.

Manager Andrica Hamilton arranges presentations to help equip staff for service, such as a recent morning seminar about the history of the Bible, facilitated by a respected teacher from the congregation.
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Integra burning systems reach milestone Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 05:27 PM America/New_York
Integra Interactive has announced that the digital media company’s myMEDIA BurnBar (MMBB) in-store burning systems recently hit a milestone.

On Dec. 29, MMBB surpassed burning 200,000 CDs and DVDs, which included music, audiobooks, video games and software titles, company officials said.
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‘Love Dare’ remains atop CBA best-sellers list Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 05:22 PM America/New_York
The Love Dare by Fireproof movie-making brothers Stephen and Alex Kendrick (B&H Books/B&H Publishing Group) was still No. 1 on CBA’s February 2009’s Top 50 best-sellers list. Books on Christian living and marriage as well as some novels also rounded out the top 10.

A main focus of the surprise hit drama, The Love Dare is followed by 2. The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media/Hachette Book Group USA); 3. The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren (Howard/Simon & Schuster); 4. What in the World Is Going On? by David Jeremiah (Thomas Nelson); 5. Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin (Zondervan); 6. Every Now and Then by Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan); 7. Believing God Day-By-Day by Beth Moore (B&H Publishing Group); 8. Cast of Characters by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson); Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs (Thomas Nelson); and  10. Grace for the Moment Morning &  Evening Edition by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson).
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Marvin Sapp dominates Stellar Awards Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 05:17 PM America/New_York
Marvin Sapp took home seven Stellar Awards at the weekend, garnering trophies in the Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories.

Capitalizing on the success of his crossover R&B hit “Never Would Have Made It” and album Thirsty (Verity Records), Sapp was  recognized during the 24th annual Stellar Awards, which celebrated the achievements of African-American artists in gospel music at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Jan. 17.
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Christian bargain show attendance up Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 05:03 PM America/New_York

Despite cold weather and a down economy, vendors sales and retailer attendance increased for the  only bargain show for the Christian book industry, according to organizers.

Held Jan. 14-16 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel in Nashville, the Inspirational Value Book Show (IVBS) drew 20 exhibitors—up from 16 vendors who participated at the inaugural show last year. Meanwhile, the event attracted 65 stores and 106 representatives, compared to 41 stores and 65 representatives from the 2008 show.

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Munce Group’s CPE Hershey 'a success' Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 04:44 PM America/New_York

More than 200 independent retailers and 80 suppliers recently took part in the Munce Group’s Christian Product Expo (CPE) Hershey, formerly called CPE Regionals East.

Despite economic hard times, CPE Hershey—held Jan. 11-13 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa.—drew nearly an identical number of retailers as the 2008 show, Munce officials said.

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Downward economy impacts trade events Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 04:26 PM America/New_York
The Christian product industry’s trade show calendar is being rewritten for 2009 because of the continuing economic slowdown. Organizers have postponed, scrapped and shortened planned events.

Meanwhile, several retailers, suppliers and publishers contacted by Christian Retailing have said they will skip or cut back their presence at trade shows.
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Christian retail event draws ‘a different kind of buyer’ Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Monday, 19 January 2009 10:45 AM America/New_York
More than 200 retailers publishers, distributors and retailers from such countries as Australia, Nigeria and India gathered Jan. 14-17 in Atlanta for the second annual Marketsquare International sponsored by the Christian Trade Association International (CTAI).

More than 60 exhibitors were present to meet with potential buyers and overseas companies—including Dicksons, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson and DaySpring Cards—at the event promoting “a world of opportunity” as its theme.
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