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FEC may limit book free speech

July 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Democrats on the Federal Elections Commission are trying to regulate book publishers’ free speech rights, according to the commission’s chairman. Using campaign finance rules as a rationale, the commission denied traditional media-exemption rules for a book coming out by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The book did receive an exemption but under different exemptions. The

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Church and retail futures converge

July 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Andy Butcher Contributing Writer Fewer people are coming in the doors, as many get their needs met in other places. The core Boomer constituency is dwindling, while the Millennials are nowhere to be seen. Concerns about cultural relevance add to the financial challenges of shrinking budgets. Sound familiar? But this isn’t Christian retailing, this is the larger community of which it is a part. This is the church. While Christian stores have been understandably focused on their immediate battles

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Church Engagement is the Sweetspot

July 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Sue Smith CBA Board Chairman Manager, Baker Book House Traffic is down—not only in the church, but in CBA stores around the country. The reasons are numerous on both accounts. Are the two related? Does the business of the church affect my book business? Does my book business affect the business of the church? I say yes on both accounts.

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Christian stores report 2.9% sales increase

May 06, 2014 / by / 7 Comments

Consumer buying patterns shift dramatically in 2013 Christian stores sales were up 2.9% in 2013 over 2012, according to the 2014 CBA State of the Industry Report released this week, but consumer buying patterns shifted dramatically in 2013. Fourth-quarter 2013 sales were down 6.9% in 2013, but sales were up 12.6% in the second quarter and 8.8% in the third quarter. Shoppers buying earlier for Christmas affected seasonal sales, along

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President’s Column:
“Remember the wonders He has done…” (Psalm 77:11)

May 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

As an industry, we’ve journeyed a long way together. I believe we also have a bright future, in spite of these changing and tumultuous times. That’s why it’s so important for us to continue to come together, to confront our challenges and celebrate our victories, to share our stories and lift up one another, to remember what the Lord has done and to make history.

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CBA leader defends religious liberty

March 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

CBA President Curtis Riskey wrote a commentary on why CBA is leading a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court related to arguments this month about whether a business has the same religious-liberty protections as an individual. As the court considers Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, it could determine whether an individual who owns a business could be forced to pay for acts that violate personal religious principles.

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Lifestyle Stories

Grid helps retailers plan lifestyle strategies

September 26, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The Lifestyle Stories exhibit at ICRS was a hit, as retailers begin adding value for customers by creating in-store experiences that reflect how their customers live. The idea is to connect with retailers in a way that shows you understand and care for them. They feel valued and cared for, and they trust you because you can show you “get” who they are.

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Duck Dynasty launches 4th season: Lifestyle call to ‘Mansumers’

September 26, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

As fall peeks over the horizon and hunting season and a new TV season begins, Duck Dynasty returns to the A&E cable network today for its fourth season – a record for the series and the network. And it’s an opportunity for Christian stores to not only become part of the fun but to build a lifestyle “mansumer” strategy to attract and serve more men in the store.

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