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09/01/2007 - Private Label Booms
The nation's top retailers are differentiating by using private brands that customers can't find elsewhere.
08/01/2007 - Can Hugger
Bill Venezia, entrepreneur and inventor, has invented Can Hugger, a device that lifts the ring on cans with pull tops and also grips the can while it's being opened, keeping fingers and hands out of harm's way.
06/01/2007 - Emergency Kits For All
Fifteen years ago, John Tepel, sitting in his living room in the heart of Southern California's earthquake country, established Mayday Industries, a company providing what he describes as, "Little earthquake emergency preparedness kits for schools."
05/01/2007 - Sumseeds Sunflower Snacks
DAKOTA VALLEY PRODUCTS INC. introduces Sumseeds, which are in the shell sunflower seeds that are infused with energy producing ingredients during the roasting stage.
05/01/2007 - Practice Net & Duck Cooler
ASSURANCE INDUSTRIES introduces Perfect-O-Play, a 40 by 40 inch adjustable, standalone, universal practice net.
05/01/2007 - No More Wasps
FATAL FUNNEL offers the means of trapping and killing wasps and hornets quickly, easily and affordably.
04/01/2007 - Wealthy Love Bargains
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that the rich are different from the rest of us.
04/01/2007 - Retailers Push Global Trade
Retailers are urging Congress to extend presidential Trade Promotion Authority. World Trade Organization negotiators are now getting back to work on the Doha Round trade talks, but without Congressional approval, TPA will expire this summer.
04/01/2007 - Google Premieres Checkout
Google unveiled a series of aggressive money saving promotions over the past few months, intended to hasten the adoption of its new Google Checkout feature among online retailers and consumers.
03/01/2007 - Jumping On The Kiosk Boom
Over the past five years, retail revenues and rents from kiosks and carts have doubled to reach $10 billion, according to Specialty Retail Report.
03/01/2007 - Hot Kitchen Items
The U.S. market for small kitchen appliances is hot and getting hotter. A new report predicts the market will top $2.7 billion in 2010.
03/01/2007 - Cosmetics Sales Up
The cosmetics and toiletries market climbed four percent in 2006. Consumers are not only buying more of these products, they are also going for more upscale units.
03/01/2007 - Closeouts for All
Many suppliers of closeout merchandise are breaking down truckloads and even pallets to make buying easier and more affordable for small and midsize independent retailers.
02/01/2007 - Nostalgic Art Signs
FAB VALS INC. carries more than 100 different designs of old advertising posters, offered in heavy gauge steel signs.
02/01/2007 - Human Pets?
Pet related sales are projected to surpass $52 billion by 2009.
02/01/2007 - Blogosphere Marketing
Blogging is one of several trends that experts predict will help retailers reach and communicate with a broader customer base.
01/01/2007 - Products & Prices Drive Sales At CloseoutCentral
For the last 10 years, the Internet has been building steam towards becoming the dominant medium of the future for business to business trade. And CloseoutCentral.com has been leading the way, step by step, as this revolution has taken place.
01/01/2007 - Private Label Revolution
No longer just cheap alternatives, private labels represent 20 percent of U.S. retail sales. JC Penney, Target and Wal-Mart are just some of the retailers that have recently announced increased emphasis on private label merchandise.
01/01/2007 - Mobile Hot Meals
UB2B. INC. introduces a revolutionary new way to provide hot, tasty meals anywhere any time. Each meal comes in a small, 10 by 4.5 by 3 inch cardboard box that contains a proprietary, advanced technology heating device, developed in Switzerland.