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01/01/2013 - New dog and cat product is a sign of a pet owner's love
Ken Cleveland, the owner of KC Creations, is always looking for new products ? and new ways to sell his existing lines. For example, his door and window toppers are fun products in their own right. They consist of pet figurines that sit on the molding of a door or window. However, not all doors and windows have molding, especially in newer houses. So Cleveland came up with a way for all his customers to enjoy the product.
11/01/2012 - Stunning Low Cost Product Photos
When it comes to selling merchandise online, it's all about high quality images that share product features in a way that replicate their in-store allure. Photo Cubics Inc. specializes in innovative photography solutions that empower online retailers to create such detailed images at a fraction of the cost of professional photography.
10/01/2012 - New GENCO Website Brings Greater Convenience
GENCO Marketplace, one of America's largest merchandise liquidators, has launched a newly designed website to bring speed and convenience to online wholesalers and retailers, enabling them to spend less time sourcing liquidation inventory and more time selling, GENCO announced.
08/01/2012 - Consumers Demand Simple Site Navigation and Reviews
A report from A.T. Kearney suggests that ecommerce vendors are seeing increased interest from consumers with the web becoming an avenue for
05/01/2012 - Data Segmentation for Ecommerce
If you only use the standard data gathering and reporting features present in Google Analytics, you are not getting a complete picture of how your business is performing.
04/01/2012 - Ecommerce Customer Satisfaction Flat
The American Customer Satisfaction INDEX, founded at the University of Michigan, has released its annual ecommerce report after measuring responses from product and service evaluations for 225 U.S. companies in 47 industries.
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.
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."
04/01/2011 - Product Comparison Sites Let Retailers Reach Shoppers
As more and more shoppers go online, the chances are slim that any one potential customer even knows your web address, much less wants to shop specifically at your site.
04/01/2011 - Consumer Confidence High, Future Should See Online Growth
The economy is looking better now, and ecommerce sales will trend up for the next several years, say several reports.
11/01/2010 - Holiday Web Sales Uptick?
Coming off a summer that saw significant online sales growth, several forecasters are dreaming about the upcoming holiday season.
07/01/2010 - Ecommerce Leads the Pack
Online retail sales jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to an AdWeek report citing U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
05/01/2010 - Successful Email Marketing
Many people hearing the term, "email marketing," think of spam cluttering up their inboxes from unwanted (and, unknown) companies, or occasional notes about upcoming sales or coupons that may or may not be relevant to their lives and lifestyles.
01/01/2010 - Higher Ranking For Fast Sites?
Businesses seeking that all important high Google ranking may soon find themselves having to streamline their websites in a big way, if they want to keep up with the changes Google may soon be putting in place.
12/01/2009 - The Future of Web Video
Video may have killed the radio star, as the old song by the Buggles claims, but today there's growing evidence that video may have static, text-heavy websites in its crosshairs as well.
09/01/2009 - 9 Ways to Improve Marketing
Marketing is like a personal exercise regimen. In the day to day bustle, it often gets pushed off the front burner or even falls between the cracks altogether
08/01/2009 - CheapTweet Stores
The Twitter shopping search engine, CheapTweet.com, has introduced a program that enables online merchants with Twitter accounts to set up a social presence that focuses on special offers and prices.
07/01/2009 - Web Satisfaction Drops
Customer satisfaction with many of the largest online retailers declined three percent this year versus last, according to the annual Top 100 Online Retail Satisfaction INDEX from ForeSee Results and FGI Research.
04/01/2009 - How to be a Wholesale Central Power User
As a retailer, you are always on the lookout for new products and new suppliers.
09/01/2008 - Early Holiday Web Marketing
While most consumers don't start holiday shopping in earnest until the day after Thanksgiving, online retailers should begin marketing for the season as early as October, according to MarketLive Inc., an eCommerce platform provider.
09/01/2008 - Call Center Tracking
In general, retailers' call centers are helping to solve their shoppers' problems.
04/01/2008 - Owners Express Confidence
U.S. small business confidence improved this February for the first time since July, according to Discover's Small Business Watch INDEX.
04/01/2008 - Dollar Stores Thrive In Tough Times
Discussions of whether, technically, the nation is or is not in recession, and how long and how deep it might be, are irrelevant, suggests Jeff Green.
03/01/2008 - Small Biz Trends
While the Federal Reserve is focused on the problems of the large banks, small business owners are showing some worry about inflation.
02/01/2008 - Durable Spending Slips
An INDEX established by Deloitte Touche to track consumer spending on durable goods offers a less than positive outlook.
11/01/2007 - Small Biz Seeks Health Care
Rising healthcare costs are among small business owners' top concerns, according to two recent studies
09/01/2007 - Stun Gun Knuckles
PS PRODUCTS, DBA Personal Security Products, offers Zap Blast Knuckles, the next generation stun gun.
09/01/2007 - Benefits of Vertical Search Engines
The Internet is a vast repository of information which can seduce busy wholesale buyers to spend hours searching for products and services for their businesses.
08/01/2007 - Stores Catching Up Online
Retailers that only sell online are rated higher in customer satisfaction than websites operated by brick and mortar retailers. But the latter group is catching up.
08/01/2007 - Small Business Expands
One third of U.S. small businesses plan to expand during the next twelve months.
08/01/2007 - Crucial Call Centers
Customer satisfaction with catalog retailers' call centers outrank centers run by six other industries. Yet this same group is missing opportunities to engage and upsell.
06/01/2007 - New Fraud Protection Fits In A Wallet
VeriSign, Inc., the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world.
05/01/2007 - Tattoos Made Easy
SPRAY TAT has developed a simple system for applying temporary tattoos that utilizes a spray can for applying the same type of body paint that is traditionally used in air brush guns.
05/01/2007 - Coping With The Housing Market
A study by Deloitte Touch, based on concerns that consumer spending may slowdown due to continued weakness in the housing market.
04/01/2007 - Buyers Happy As Spending Grows
American consumers are a happy lot, and that bodes well for retailers this year. The University of Michigan's latest customer satisfaction INDEX suggests spending will grow as much a 4.1 percent this quarter.
03/01/2007 - Finding Items with Product Locator
Each month, the Tech Tips column takes you on an in-depth tour of a different power feature that you can use on Wholesalecentral.com to help grow your business.
02/01/2007 - Enlisting Customer Support
Passionate customers are the independent retailer's most valuable weapon in winning competitive battles against big chains and others. Here are some examples of how to enlist customers' support.
01/01/2007 - Survival INDEX Update
Government policies and practices, such as tax rates and regulations, play a significant role in small business success.