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May 22, 2014 - The colander is a kitchen utensil that hasn't changed in 200 years…until now. Inventor Ran Merkazy and businessman Freddie Camrass, both of whom live in London, have teamed up to produce the RMDLO Colander, which not only folds up, shrinking to just 10 percent of its original size, but also has a variety of uses.

Read more: British Inventor Creates the First Collapsible Colander

May 21, 2014 - Pepsi today announced its inaugural Live for Now Capsule Collection. Designed to enliven the brand's 2014 football campaign, the Pepsi "Live For Now" collection features streetwear, accessories and electronics created in partnership with a mix of both iconic and cutting-edge international designers including Original Penguin by Munsingwear, B&O PLAY, Gents, Goodlife, Del Toro and SHUT. The collection will be available at leading retailers – Bloomingdale's in the U.S., colette in Paris and Liberty in London.

Read more: Pepsi Unveils Its First-Ever Global Fashion Capsule Collection

May 19, 2014 - Tariq Farid, Founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements International, LLC, announced today that Robert Price, former Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for CVS/pharmacy, has been named President of the creator and global leader in the fresh fruit bouquet category.

Price joins Edible Arrangements, which generated over $500 million in systemwide sales in 2013 and operates more than 1,100 stores worldwide, as it prepares to enter a new era of product innovation and expansion designed to significantly grow the brand's global presence.

Read more: Robert Price Named President Of Edible Arrangements International

May 16, 2014 – Last night, more than 1,200 leaders from the toy and baby products industries came together at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City to celebrate the 2014 Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala. During this special evening of entertainment and fundraising, $4.5 million was raised for the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., to aid in its mission to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The event was hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian Martin Short and featured a performance by five-time GRAMMY winner James Taylor and his All-Star Band.

Read more: 2014 Toys"R"Us Children's Fund Gala Raises $4.5M

May 14, 2014 - Everyone in our industry is always looking for insight into the future of retail. We all know that the industry has seen many disruptive changes in the past decade, and the change trend is expected to continue. As luck would have it, Sean Mulroy from Ingram Micro Mobility and Christopher Landry from Colourfast Printing both had some thoughts to share with us on the future of retail. This blog post and infographic came to us separately, but we think each has an interesting take on retail’s future. Read on to take a look at both.

Read Sean Mulroy's "Buying Mobile Devices: Predictions for the Future Experience and What All Retailers Can Learn" blog and check out Colourfast Printing's "The Future of Retail" infographic at the Retail Merchandiser blog.

May 13, 2014 - Time Home Entertainment Inc. today announced that it has reintroduced the iconic TIME-LIFE Books brand, reinvented and re-imagined with today's readers in mind. The books have entirely new editorial content and packaging. For the first time ever, TIME-LIFE Books will be sold in retail stores, rather than through direct mail, available as full-color paperbacks wherever books are sold. The first two books, World War II in 500 Photographs and Everything You Need to Know About the Bible, are now available.

Read more: TIME-LIFE Books Brand Relaunching

May 12, 2014 - Famed Hasbro toy designer Gayle Middleton has been responsible for designs that transformed Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony into billion dollar toy brands for the largest toy company in the world. But few realize that the iconic toy designer harbors a secret dark side. Middleton is gratified that her designs have been so well received in the toy community. But she yearned to share a new—and very different—toy concept with her many fans.

Read more: Gayle Middleton Debuts New Line of Plush Baby Monsters

May 9, 2014 - By now, you've been reminded 10 million times that Mother's Day is this coming Sunday. If you haven't made plans by now, your shopping days are numbered. But before you go out and settle for the old standard fare of a card and some flowers, let me share with you a tale of an early Mother's Day surprise.

Read the full story on the Retail Merchandiser blog.