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05/01/2008 - Dell Tests Biz Service
The computer company, Dell Inc., is currently testing a new system that could help relieve small businesses from needing to employ IT experts. The test is now taking place in Dallas.
04/01/2008 - Specialty Retail Success
Retail success is ultimately based on a foundation of product, place, people and time. Smart entrepreneurs consider all four thoughtfully before launching any new retail venture, or developing a strategy for expansion.
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.
03/01/2008 - Profit From Consumables
CHANGES have taken place at Discount Wholesalers, a supplier of closeouts for more than 12 years.
03/01/2008 - Customer Is King At Amglo
Amglo Inc., located on the web at www.amgloinc.net, is a direct importer and wholesaler of an all encompassing selection of seasonal merchandise.
02/01/2008 - Sunglass Fashion Forecast
Without losing their utilitarian nature, sunglasses have moved to the forefront of fashion.
02/01/2008 - Golden Compass Increases Web Sales
I have noticed a recurring problem among merchants who have contacted me to help them increase their website sales.
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.
01/01/2008 - Time for Updated Fixtures?
As a storeowner, how do you know when it is time to invest in updated fixtures?
01/01/2008 - Retail Crime and eFencing
The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security recently held a hearing, in preparation for new legislation aimed at cracking down on organized retail crime.
01/01/2008 - Entrepreneur Earns Success
Scott Lumley is the epitome of an entrepreneurial spirit.
01/01/2008 - Closeout & Liquidation Forecast
After the holiday season, retailers will be sending back countless truckloads of valuable unsold and returned merchandise.
01/01/2008 - Catching Eyes at Kiosks
Products sold from kiosks and carts must have visual appeal. The greatest new products can get lost in the shuffle, if they are not displayed in a manner that attracts shoppers' attention.
12/01/2007 - Vision For Growth
GENCO Marketplace was a burgeoning company for 14 years, offering surplus inventories and liquidating millions of dollars worth of merchandise daily.
12/01/2007 - Sweet Smell Of Scent Success
Fragrances and scented products have a way of selling themselves, and there are scores of merchandise resellers cashing in on that very idea.
12/01/2007 - Store Display Merchandising
Have you ever wondered what happens to store fixtures that are removed from stores such as Macy's, CVS, Rite Aid or Burlington Coat Factory when they close or remodel?
12/01/2007 - Photo Frame Night Light
SPRING DALE ART FRAME, a division of Ten Plus Company, introduces PhotoLite, which is the first motion activated photo frame night light.
11/01/2007 - Stress Shopping Experience
Retailers and shopping center owners need to do more than put products on shelves and hope that consumers will buy them.
11/01/2007 - Source for Great Deals
After 12 years in business, Discount Wholesale in Chester Springs, PA continues to expand its offerings of closeouts.
11/01/2007 - Small Biz Seeks Health Care
Rising healthcare costs are among small business owners' top concerns, according to two recent studies
11/01/2007 - Immigration Rule Challenge
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has weighed in on the side of groups that are challenging a regulation regarding what an employer should do when notified that an employee's Social Security number doesn't match government records.
10/01/2007 - Strategies to Skyrocket Web Sales
In the last issue of Web Wholesaler, I explained how to overcome a high bounce rate of visitors arriving on your website, only to immediately leave without taking one step deeper into your site.
09/01/2007 - Web Profits: Proven How-To Strategies to Skyrocket Web Sales
Last month I presented the importance of knowing your website performance numbers. Knowing these numbers enables you to decide where to focus your efforts, including time and money to increase your website sales.
09/01/2007 - Smarts & Sweat Equal Turnkey Success
Any reliable product supplier to a kiosk or cart program will want a prospective operator to have a business plan for success.
09/01/2007 - Harborplace Kiosks
General Growth Properties Inc., the owner of Baltimore's Harborplace, has put a dozen retail kiosks on the Inner Harbor promenade that faces Harborplace, and plans to add more.
09/01/2007 - Diversify Finances
When a business is in its first years of existence, it's very tempting for an entrepreneur to put every cent toward building the company, often at the expense of a personal financial portfolio.
09/01/2007 - Court Ruling Threatens Discounting
In a reversal of a 96 year old antitrust rule, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that suppliers' efforts to control the minimum price of their products at retail is no longer automatically illegal.
08/01/2007 - Wal-Mart MoneyCenters
By the end of 2008, Wal-Mart plans to open 1,000 MoneyCenters, which is approximately one quarter of its U.S. stores.
08/01/2007 - Simple Navigation
Avoid clever and unique features when designing web site navigation, advises consultant Jennifer Bailey of Red Spade, a firm that specializes in web site usability.
08/01/2007 - SilverSource.com Grows Online
Some companies get things right the first time, whether they are marketing online or offline.
08/01/2007 - NRF Nixes Protectionism
On the premise that proposed legislation to strengthen trade laws would stifle competition, the National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging a Senate committee to reject these U.S. trade remedy laws.
08/01/2007 - Fresh Toys & Novelties Push Retail Profits
The number of new toys and novelties that come to market each year is a tribute to the imagination of inventors, designers, and suppliers.
07/01/2007 - Tested Programs Spell Kiosk Success
Kiosk programs that have been market tested provide prospective kiosk and cart operators with more than product.
07/01/2007 - Savvy Retailers Seek Hot Holiday Products
It is coming up fast: that time of year when the jingle of sleigh bells equals the jingle of CHANGE in the registers of savvy retailers.
07/01/2007 - Merchants Set Up Shop at Facebook
Facebook Inc., the online social network with 24 million active users, now allows merchandisers to develop applications that its users can add to their personal pages. Various name brands have already jumped into the fray.
07/01/2007 - Launching New Products
Launching new products can be both an art and a science, and can take on many forms. Some are flashy media events, such as Apple's Steve Jobs introducing the new iPhone.
07/01/2007 - Hats CHANGE Color
T.C. & B. CORPORATION, a cap manufacturer, has obtained the exclusive license to make hats utilizing a technology to create fabric that CHANGES color in sunlight.
07/01/2007 - Clothing Trumps Computers Online
As total web sales are projected to hit $259 billion this year, some shifts are taking place among the top selling online product categories.
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 - Ups CHANGES The Delivery Game
On the football field, nothing can save the day like a clutch interception, one that comes at a critical juncture of the game. Thanks to a new service called UPS Delivery Intercept_, UPS shippers now can make game saving interceptions of their own.
05/01/2007 - Sunglass Fashion Update
Summer fashion trends are often like the season itself. They come, go and come back again. Sometimes they look vastly different from the prior year; other times, the fashion is familiar to a time you almost forgot existed.
05/01/2007 - Snap On Shoes
SNAPS! CUSTOM FASHION offers Snaps!, a line of interCHANGEable shoe fashion. It is a system that consists of a choice of five bottoms, and more than 100 tops, that snap on and off to CHANGE the look.
05/01/2007 - Purse Pleaser
PURSE PLEASER invented its signature product as a solution to the difficulty of finding things quickly in a woman's purse.
05/01/2007 - Four Wheel Scooter
ABC ENTERPRISES ATLANTA INC., which offers a full line of mopeds and gasoline scooters, introduces Scooter Model, "Speed 2110N."
05/01/2007 - Choosing The Right Products & Location
Kiosk and cart vendors often find themselves in a Catch 22 situation. They need a prime location in order to draw the traffic that maximizes sales.
04/01/2007 - Web Browsing And Store Sales
Online research by consumers is not just a convenience they like: It is a major driver of in store sales, and its influence is growing.
04/01/2007 - Versatile Kiosk From NCR
With a depth of less than three inches and a weight of 11 pounds, the NCR EasyPoint Advantage, announced recently by NCR Corporation, is built to provide retailers with a versatile, yet ultra compact self-service kiosk solution.
04/01/2007 - User Revolution Alters Web
With the rise of the Internet as a mass medium, worldwide online advertising is expected to exceed $81 billion in five years. That represents a compound annual growth rate of approximately 21 percent.
04/01/2007 - Troubles Mount From Data Breach
The extent of the damage from the breach of personal data contained in TJX Company's computer systems has yet to be fully quantified.
04/01/2007 - SBA Ups '08 Budget
President Bush has announced a proposed increase in the 2008 budget for the U.S. Small Business Administration.