Within the walls of Vanity Shop of Grand Forks Inc., associates do not work in silos towards their own agendas. Instead, “It’s a wonderful environment and terrific place to work,” Vice President of Marketing, Digital and Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer Mary Miller says.

“We are working toward the betterment of Vanity,” she says, noting that its marketing team works well with its merchandising partners. “Honestly, it makes it very enjoyable to work there.”

Based in Fargo, N.D., the privately owned, mall-based specialty retailer operates locations that sell affordable women’s clothing, including tops, dresses, jeans, bottoms and other accessories. Vanity was incorporated in 1969 and has since expanded to 143 stores in 27 states.

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The Limited prides itself on being client-focused at its 265 stores and 11 outlets across the United States, with all strategies, marketing and messaging designed with “Her” in mind: the sophisticated, professional woman. Many retail brands are design- or merchant-led, but the 52-year-old The Limited is client-led, as “she” is the center of the enterprise.

The way consumers shop is rapidly changing, so The Limited must change with them. It does business in a brick-and-mortar channel, an outlet channel and an e-commerce and mobile channel. The Limited is focused on growing all channels and wants its customer to become an omni-channel shopper.

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In business for more than 65 years, Rye Beach Pharmacy is a full-service, family owned pharmacy that has served its community since 1946. Today, the company is an independent pharmacy that specializes in patient counseling, compounded medications for humans and pets, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), nutritional supplements, natural health products, custom fitted stockings, homecare aids and customer service.

“We’ve been able to endure thanks to employees that care and go the extra mile, and our customers recognize and appreciate that,” President Ken GiaQuinto says. 

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Changing the way sourcing and procurement works is what LogicSource is all about. Owned and operated by an experienced group of global business veterans, the company’s sourcing and procurement model is execution-based and fully transparent, so clients don’t spend money for service before seeing results. 

The company has put together a suite of proven, pre-built assets to execute rapidly deployable, customized solutions that deliver immediate savings and sustainable value. These assets include its supplier ecosystem, sourcing and procurement operations centers, onsite execution teams, and OneMarket “source-to-pay” technology. LogicSource has shared service centers in Texas and Connecticut as well as people and systems on client sites around the U.S. and Canada. It works with suppliers around the globe, and its technology is utilized on an international level. 

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Bon-Ton Stores CEO Kathryn Bufano has been in love with department stores for practically her entire life. She says some of her happiest childhood memories came from the shopping trips she took with her mother to the Carson’s department store in Chicago, and the dizzying array of clothing on the racks there sparked her interest in the world of fashion retailing. “The bonding experience of shopping with my mother was one of the most exciting times,” Bufano says. 

That abiding enthusiasm for fashion and department stores carried over to her college years, and at that time her shopping trips with her mother became more like fact-finding missions. She says she asked as many questions as she could about how department stores like Carson’s were merchandized and how the store’s buyers brought the latest fashions to its customers. As soon as she realized she could make department stores her career, Bufano says, everything clicked. “That was the spark that connected my love of shopping to the business world,” she says. 

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Leomil Group

DC Super Hero Girls footwear

DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls. Complete line of athletics, canvas, slippers and fashion boots feature iconic superhero shields and pop art.



Leomil Group

Jurassic World shoes

The long awaited Jurassic World returns this summer!  Boys can step into their very own action-adventure Jurassic World shoes. The Jurassic World line of athletics, sandals, slippers and boots feature life like Jurassic dinosaurs and athletic lighted metallic uppers.



Hose and Cord Hanger

Our Hose and Cord Hanger is perfect for home improvement centers, home and garden centers, grocery chains with a home and garden section. Also available in a two pack. Made in the USA, no minimums, retail ready.









Accessory Innovations

Angry Birds Soft Sided Luggage

This Angry Birds Soft Sided Luggage is perfect for all your little gamer’s travel essentials. It has an extendable handle, wheels for easy pulling and a variety of pockets to keep everything organized and accessible while you’re on the go. With its bold red and black design, it will be unmissable on the luggage carousel.

Angry birds Luggage


Dr. Fresh

Firefly Angry Birds Mouth Rinse

Even the most resistant of kids will be encouraged to keep their dental hygiene in check with the Firefly Angry Birds Mouth Rinse.  It features a fun pump modeled on the characters head, a no mess rinse cup and it is bubble gum flavor while being sugar and alcohol free.

Dr. Fresh






SCL Footwear Group

Goodyear Footwear

The Goodyear Work and Safety shoe line, inspired by Goodyear brand attributes of innovation, durability and extreme weather performance, offers some of the newest technologies available for oil and skid resistance, waterproofing, electric hazard protection, safety steel and composite toe protection, and insulated comfort. SCL will be launching new categories of Goodyear footwear in 2015 including Racing, Vintage, Athletic, Outdoor and Casual footwear.

Goodyear Footwear

Live Nation

House of Blues 

House of Blues is open for licensing in all categories.

House of Blues



Titan Merchandise

Ghostbusters TITANS

“Who Ya Gonna Call?” From Sony and Titan Merchandise comes Ghostbusters TITANS! Launched in 2015, this global collection combines stylized-vinyl and the blind-box purchasing.  With multiple product waves of 12 figurines, exclusive iterations, and closed box packaging, collectors can have access to nearly infinite variations!

Titan Merchandise


Three Stooges pitcher pad and coasters 

The iconic Three Stooges brand provides a huge audience of buyers ready to grab up new and unique memorabilia as well as products for everyday use. Pitcher pads, coasters, koozies, belts, suspenders, guitar straps, and more are available. Retail ready, pre-ticketing available, no minimums, made in the USA. 


Students enrolled in Western Michigan University’s food and consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketing program are receiving a unique educational experience that relies on the support of business partnerships to assist in preparing them for positions in the field.

The connection with industry is a central theme of the Food/CPG Marketing program at WMU, starting with the first introductory class of the program and extending through students’ upper-level classes. The four-year business degree program prepares students for myriad positions in the CPG industry, including retail management, category management, research, sales, logistics and food service. Students routinely go to work for many of the leading companies in the industry after serving internships with the firms, explains Frank Gambino, director of the program.

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Parties are all about people coming together, so it’s only natural that a company like Wally’s Party Factory would put so much emphasis on being an active part of the communities it serves. According to Vice President Jonathan Erwin, the Texas-based party supply chain not only provides customers with everything they need to host their own gatherings of friends and family, but it also works hard to ensure that it is just as much a part of the community as they are. That emphasis has been key to the company’s success over the years, Erwin says, and is a major part of the reason why Wally’s Party Factory is the second-largest party supply chain in the country. 

The company has been serving Texas since 1995, when Erwin’s father, Walter Erwin, converted the business to the sale of party supplies. Before that, the company focused on closeouts and manufacturing giftwrap for department stores, but the success of the party supply side of the business inspired a switch to focusing on that entirely. Today, Wally’s Party Factory has 27 locations throughout Texas and Oklahoma, and continues to be a family owned and operated company. 

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