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06/16/2016 - WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM Debuts Interactive Trade Show Calendar
WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM, the leading wholesale directory web site on the Internet, announces the launch of a fully interactive wholesale trade show calendar.
03/31/2015 - Picture Perfect Earrings Bring Photos to Life
Zad launches new line of cute metal finish earrings displayed on picture cards.
03/31/2015 - Cool Phone Wallet from Charm14
This fashionable new product keeps the phone secure on the inside of the bag, while allowing use through the clear plastic window.
02/05/2015 - Straighten Up with the Up Shirt
The Up Shirt line of products embodies timeless fashion pieces, but also serve the COMmunity and the health of your customers.
02/05/2015 - Make Your Business Unique with Just Simply Uniques Fashion
The new line includes a variety of sizes and colors for all of their Popcorn, Crush, Ponchos, Dresses, Blouses and Micro Pleat Fashion pieces.
02/05/2015 - isABelt: Fun Fashion Solution
This virtually invisible, fully adjustable belt keeps your outfit looking fantastic by keeping your pants in place.
04/01/2013 - Sales Sizzle with Cooling Towel
Kool-4-U Towels are made, without chemicals, from a hyper-evaporative material that retains water while feeling dry and cool to the touch. The towels provide relief from a variety of conditions, including summer heat, sports, fever, headaches, hot flashes, sunburn, inflammation and more, and offer consistent sales because of their versatility.
04/01/2013 - Keep Bugs at Bay
No one likes to have their personal space invaded by mosquitos, gnats, flies and no-see-ums, and consumers are looking for ways to safely protect themselves and their families from these annoying pests without the use of messy, and often toxic, bug sprays. Retailers who incorporate Bandz and Spotz, DEET-free, citronella-infused insect repellent products from Mosquitno, LLC, into their product offerings, can help consumers keep bugs away as well as enjoy the profits these impulse buys bring to their bottom lines.
04/01/2013 - Start a Business with Drop Shipping
The idea of selling products without having to first buy them and then hold the inventory in a warehouse is attractive to some business owners because it can be a cost-effective way to start selling online. Business logic tells us that the easier it is to start a small business, the more COMpetitors will be in the industry. Drop shipping is no exception, and COMpetition will only grow with the rapid expansion in eCOMmerce overall.
04/01/2013 - U.S. eCOMmerce Sales to Hit $370B by 2017
Driven by the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, eCOMmerce sales in the U.S. are expected to grow at a COMpound annual growth rate of ten percent in the next five years, according to a new report, "U.S. Online Retail Forecast, 2012 To 2017," from Forrester Research. Forrester predicts U.S. online retail sales will reach $262 billion in 2013
03/01/2013 - Keep Toothbrushes Germfree
Flushing a toilet sends bacteria eight feet into the air before it begins to settle on nearby surfaces, according to research by Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. When Cindy Martin, co-owner of Cynita, Inc., learned of this, her mind raced to the toothbrushes that lay exposed on her bathroom countertop. Consumers are demonstrating an increasing interest in health and disease prevention, and Martin fell in line with the trend. Experienced with custom products, she worked with a designer to develop a lightweight, economical solution to the germy issue, and the Cover Me toothbrush protector is the result.
03/01/2013 - Dive into Sport Optics / Weiita International Corp.
Weiita International Corp. specializes in sporting optics and LED lighting equipment. It recently expanded its offerings by introducing two new products that cater to hunters and diving enthusiasts. "We definitely plan to add new models to both the hunting and diving lines now that we have launched both," says Jane Ji, office manager.
03/01/2013 - Leather Belts Made in the USA
Men have been wearing belts going as far back as 3,000 B.C., and both genders have worn these accessories on and off throughout the years, depending on current fashion trends. Today, belts are a staple for men and popular among women. "I don't know a man who doesn't wear a belt everyday," shares Howard Keller, partner of Detroit Leather COMpany, which launched in May of 2012.
03/01/2013 - Polarview Sunglasses are FAA Approved
The hottest trend in sunglasses is not as much about design as it is about functionality, according to David Zeuner, CEO of Sunglass Manufacturing Group. "Polarview is a new technology for sunglasses that does everything polarized lenses do to block UVA and UVB light as well as reflective glare, but, unlike polarized lenses, they don't block instrumentation. Even in bright light, you can see screens on devices like cell phones, GPS, aviation panels and iPads. All of our sunglasses are Polarview." Notably, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of Polarview glasses, and outlawed the use of polarized glasses, for airline pilots
03/01/2013 - Big Profits in Surplus Inventory
American Merchandise Liquidators (AML) handles salvage and surplus inventory including customer returns, catalog returns, and clearance and overstock merchandise. The COMpany deals in mixed lots of general merchandise from retail chains, as well as from wholesale and catalog COMpanies. Assorted merchandise is available in all overstock categories, such as general household goods, tools and equipment, furniture, sporting goods, home accents and apparel.
03/01/2013 - Google Feeds Your Appetite for Success
When it COMes to the recipe for Internet sales success, brand and product exposure are key ingredients, and organic search engine optimization (SEO) and pay per click (PPC) are just two ways of gaining publicity. A third, often overlooked, option for product awareness is the use of shopping COMparison sites, such as Google Shopping, which is fed through the Google Merchant Center.
03/01/2013 - ASIA AMERICA - Where Smart International Buyers Go in Miami
The Miami wholesale ASIA AMERICA trade show, now in its fourth year, is being held October 1-3, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The trade show has made history by beCOMing the "show to go to" for Caribbean, Central and South America buyers as well as for over 6,000 exporters and importers in the Miami area. More than 8,000 buyers who attended the 2012 show have done more than $50 million in business, according to exhibitors' estimates.
02/01/2013 - Master Cutlery with Top Notch Knives
Master Cutlery was founded 30 years ago when Jackie Lee's parents established one of the first American COMpanies to source knives from their native China. "My father saw a great opportunity, and he forged relationships with manufacturers who were able to get him these products," she explains. "The COMpany has grown every year since its launch." The firm currently operates out of a 100,000 square foot facility in Secaucus, NJ, where Lee is VP of operations.
01/16/2013 - GoliathFalls.COM Launches, Supercharges the Buy Local Movement
New site is dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses nationwide.
01/01/2013 - Facebook Offers Viral Advertising
Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, using text ads and banners to engage social media fans on Facebook, has been losing its luster in recent years. Advertising to these fans may be great for building brand awareness, but it is not doing much for the immediate bottom line. The low returns businesses see from PPC methods may be because people that typically use social media sites, like Facebook, do not necessarily want to be sold to directly.
12/01/2012 - Pretty Hot & Tempting Keychains
Phat Head Gang keychains, available from Evergreen Marketing Inc., are handmade string dolls, each with a unique name, personality and motto. The keychain characters are "Pretty, Hot and Tempting," as the name "Phat" implies, for youngsters and adults alike.
12/01/2012 - Free Shipping Builds Profits
With 2012 winding down it is time to finalize plans for next year, and online sellers must not overlook the vital role that shipping plays in driving sales online. At some point during the buying cycle all shoppers ask, "How much does shipping cost?" and "How fast is the item shipped?" The answers to these questions play an important role in buying decisions, especially when all other COMparison factors are consistent.
11/01/2012 - Conquer eCOMmerce with Drop Shipping
As online shopping figures continue to swell, entrepreneurial opportunities follow suit, and with the help of reliable drop shippers, running a successful eCOMmerce or mCOMmerce business is more obtainable than ever.
09/01/2012 - Wrap the Holidays in Fun, Flirty Accessories
Colorful, unique accessories make great holiday gifts, especially when they offer retailers outstanding profit margins. Some of the hottest new merchandise this season includes versatile hand cut scarves, shiny hair products and twinkling rhinestone jewelry, and jingle jangle hip scarves, all of which dress up anyone's bottom line.
08/01/2012 - Impulse Gifts Grab Sales
It is easier than ever for retailers to stock up on gift and novelty merchandise in preparation for successful holiday sales. This is because online wholesalers not only stay on top of hot trends and have plenty of popular merchandise available, they also continue to invest in website functionality that enables buyers to quickly see what is new, peruse colorful catalogs, avail themselves of web specials, and place and track orders online.
06/01/2012 - Wholesalers See Big Holiday Season
It's that important time of year again, when independent retailers begin buying holiday season products for their eCOMmerce warehouses and store shelves. What is going to be hot among Christmas and Hanukkah shoppers in 2012?
05/01/2012 - Drop Shipping For Retail ROI
E-retail COMpanies and mom and pop shops that want to make more money without the potential of overstock headaches need not look further than drop shipping.
04/12/2012 - Wholesale Central and Pinnacle Cart Forge Partnership
Wholesale Central, the Internet's leading directory of wholesale suppliers, has joined forces with leading eCOMmerce provider Pinnacle Cart in an effort to make selling wholesale merchandise on the internet easier than ever before. The partnership launched with the latest release of Pinnacle Cart, version 3.7.11, which includes an automated data feed to Wholesale Central's proprietary product search feature.
04/01/2012 - Back-to-School Online
While kids are currently counting down to the first day of summer vacation, retailers are already merchandising for the new school year, filling their stockrooms with the essentials and the forecasted must-haves.
03/01/2012 - Leading Internet Wholesale Source Surpasses 700,000 Product Milestone
WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM, the Internet's leading directory of wholesalers and wholesale products, has surpassed the 700,000-item mark in its one-of-a-kind product database.
01/01/2012 - Mother's Day Gifts
Every mother is different. Some moms love cute, sentimental gifts, while others prefer more practical items.
01/01/2012 - Air Play Fragrances
Air Play Fragrances launched in September of 2011, a line of four oil-based, all-purpose air fresheners, backed by hip-hop stars, Nelly and the St. Lunatics.
12/01/2011 - Fragrant Smell of Success
Some products are always in demand, especially items used for setting a mood and holiday gift giving.
11/07/2011 - Wholesale Central's improved product search
WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM, the top-ranked business-to-business directory of wholesale general merchandise suppliers, today announced the launch of a substantial improvement to their Product Search feature.
10/01/2011 - Google Universe: Tools To Build Your Business
For any retailer seeking low cost tools to boost the bottom line, the first place to look is Google.
10/01/2011 - Wholesalers Find Profits By Expanding Sales
In this continually slow economy, shoppers are not flocking to department stores or high-end shops like they once did.
09/01/2011 - Podcasts Enrich Wholesale Suppliers Marketing Campaigns
Sumner COMmunications, a leading publisher of general merchandise trade magazines, directories and websites, announces the launch of its retail and wholesale industry podcast series.
09/01/2011 - Spring Trends Focus on Value
As the economy is still in a state of recovery, suppliers are working hard to offer deals that will help store owners survive.
08/01/2011 - Clear Web Words Make Profits
For online wholesalers and retailers, creating a profitable B2B or B2C website isn't as simple as following the Field of Dreams instruction book, which suggests, "If you build it, they will COMe."
07/01/2011 - Steal Deal Inc. Fully Optimized For Search Engines
Mix a successful wholesale clothing business with a savvy Internet strategy, and expect explosive growth.
05/01/2011 - Add Video to Your Marketing To-do List
If you are looking to tackle a few projects on your marketing to-do list, participating in a video sharing site may help you with two scheduled items: social media and search engine optimization (SEO).
05/01/2011 - Online Merchants Go Wild
As the economy begins to turn a corner, a growing number of eCOMmerce fashion wholesalers are leaping to launch new COMpanies, while established dealers report that business is picking up.
05/01/2011 - Google Product Ads
In November 2007, Google invited users to beta test a new form of advertising available to Adwords advertisers called the Product Plusbox.
04/27/2011 - WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM Launches Wholesale Video Channel Featuring Wholesale Supplier Videos
Sumner COMmunications, a leading publisher of magazines, directories, and websites for the general merchandise trade, announces the launch of its wholesale videos channel.
04/07/2011 - WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM Introduces First Ever Wholesale Product Directory
Today WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM launched a first-of-its-kind digital wholesale product directory with the new Wholesale Product Marketplace. This innovative addition to thett Internet's leading wholesale website www.WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM.
04/01/2011 - Using trust symbols on your website to drive more sales
There are many features your website must have in order to be successful online. Having a well-designed and attractive website is important, but it is not enough.
02/01/2011 - Summit Road Launches New Site
A premiere wholesale distribution COMpany is moving even more of its business online. Summit Road Distributing, selling a large assortment of products, dipped its toes in the eCOMmerce waters years ago with a site on WHOLESALECENTRAL.COM.
01/01/2011 - Moving To Mobile ECOMmerce
Converging trend lines show that the importance of mobile COMputing and smartphone shopping is beginning to be seen on the retail front.
01/01/2011 - Exit Sales Tackles Fishing Gear Online
Over the course of a long and busy professional life, Bobby Fowler has COMe full circle.
11/01/2010 - Sporting Goods
Is there such a thing as an industry that's truly recession-proof?