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10/01/2007 - Awesome Heavyweight in Scales
The Barmes family followed a long walk down the Main Street of their hometown, Vincennes, IN, to end up as a dominant supplier of scales to a wide range of markets.
10/01/2007 - Celebrate Your Dog
Based on the intricate drawings of 70 different dog breeds, SJT Enterprises has enriched its product offerings with a slew of products devoted to man's best friend.
10/01/2007 - Crystal Fresh Tailors Programs
The familiar adage, "location, location, location," so often applied to real estate, applies in equal importance to the location of kiosks and carts.
10/01/2007 - Five Business Burdens
There are very few entrepreneurs who would trade owning their own business for anything in the world.
09/01/2007 - Back to School Update
Spending on back to school merchandise this fall is expected to average $563.49, up 6.9 percent from last year's average of $527.08.
09/01/2007 - Crime Savvy RETAILers
RETAIL losses from theft and fraud have reached an all time high.
09/01/2007 - Plus Sizes Growing
Demand for fashion by overweight people is expected to create a $107 billion market by 2012, according to a new report.
09/01/2007 - Private Label Booms
The nation's top RETAILers are differentiating by using private brands that customers can't find elsewhere.
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 - Social Shopping Sites
People who love to shop, also love to talk about shopping.
09/01/2007 - Web Info Breeds SALES
Consumers are more likely to return to a website or shop in a RETAILer's store if they can obtain complete product information online.
08/01/2007 - Web Bankers Spend Big
Fifty percent of consumers who both shop and bank online spend 117 percent more than the average web shopper, according to a new study by J.C. Williams Group. This means opportunities for online merchants.
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 - SilverSource.com Grows Online
Some companies get things right the first time, whether they are marketing online or offline.
08/01/2007 - Shoppers Want Info
The ability to research products online is very important to RETAIL shoppers, according to a new study conducted for WebCollage.
08/01/2007 - Impulse Is Key To Kiosk SALES
Merchandising from a kiosk or cart, more than from an inline mall store, relies on getting attention and stopping passersby in their tracks.
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.
08/01/2007 - FashionPenny.com: A Family Tradition Of Success
If you were to make a map of Robert Vayner's personal journey to becoming a successful businessman, it would be dotted with precious minerals.
08/01/2007 - Dress Up America Expands Costume Line
Dress Up America, Inc. has extended its line of high quality, affordable costumes, from an initial 35 designs to more than 100.
08/01/2007 - Choosing The Right Shopping Cart
Without a stable shopping cart that is easy for customers to navigate, etailers will find themselves at a distinct disadvantage
07/01/2007 - RightNow Delivers CRM Solution
RightNow Technologies debuts RightNow RETAIL, a new offering that combines next generation customer relationship management (CRM) solution.
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 - Free Seminars at August Merchandise
ASD/AMD is offering Complimentary Seminars with registration for the August 12-16, 2007 ASD/AMD Trade Shows in Las Vegas.
07/01/2007 - Fashion Accessories Grow SALES
Imagine growing every SALES transaction by a percentage or more. That's the potential represented by adding fashion accessories to the merchandise mix.
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 - RETAILers Gain Edge Online
WholeSALE websites have transformed the buying process for many independent RETAILers.
06/01/2007 - Register Stand Saves RETAILers Space
One of the biggest problems for most independent RETAILers is space, or more accurately, the lack of it.
06/01/2007 - One For All Cosmetic
GO-NATURAL INC. offers the All-In-One Cosmetic, a single product that self adjusts to individual natural pigments and bone structure to produce a perfect natural color fit with each user.
06/01/2007 - WholeSALEcentral.com Launches News & Article Archive
WholeSALEcentral.com has launched an extensive wholeSALE news and article archive serving wholeSALErs and RETAILers of consumer general merchandise.
06/01/2007 - New Web Tactics Engage Buyers
Video streamlining and social networking are among the tactics online RETAILers are utilizing to engage shoppers, increase shopping trips and build loyalty.
06/01/2007 - Flexible Programs Drive Kiosk SALES
Kiosks devoted to multiple product categories, can generate SALES and profits at holiday time. But what does a kiosk vendor do after the holiday lights come down?
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 - BOC vs. POP
Now more than ever, RETAILers are processing customers' checks electronically. Image exchange, or electronic check conversion via the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network, are valid options.
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 - Wealthy Love Bargains
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that the rich are different from the rest of us.
04/01/2007 - Skin Care Market Booms
Promises of diminished lines, a smoother, younger looking healthful glow and a clearer complexion are paying off big for the skin care market.
04/01/2007 - Jewelry Sparkles on the Web
The jewelry business is much like a diamond: There are so many micro niches and interesting products, this industry appears at least slightly different, whenever you look at it from another angle.
04/01/2007 - Housewares Unhurt by Housing Slump
The housewares market has not suffered from a softening of the housing market, according to the International Housewares Association.
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.
04/01/2007 - Continental Offers TLC to RETAILers
Based on their own need for products at great prices, auctioneers Bud Nelson and Joel Orr discovered overstocks, returns, closeouts, liquidations, surplus and salvage, available from major RETAILers across the Midwest.
04/01/2007 - Capturing Tax Refunds
In hopes of getting a little extra padding in their wallets from Uncle Sam, most consumers are filing their taxes early this year. This represents an opportunity for RETAILers, eager to capture some of that additional disposable income.
03/01/2007 - Short Changing RETAILers
A recent report serves to confirm RETAILers' claims that the interchange fees Visa and MasterCard charge for card acceptance are far higher than the benefits these merchants receive.
03/01/2007 - PC Costly for Big Boxes
Political correctness at some of the country's big box chains may explain why Best Buy and others underperformed over the 2006 holidays, and why some independents thrived.
03/01/2007 - Multiple Shopping Channels
RETAILers can no longer rely on their stores alone to draw customers, as consumers are equally drawn to other channels, such as the world wide web and catalogs.
03/01/2007 - Long Tail SEO
Most RETAILers with an online presence are keenly aware of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), a series of tools and techniques designed to drive up your rankings on popular search engines like Google and Yahoo.
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 - Heart Has Many Charms
CENTER COURT introduces a heart shaped locket, into which customers can insert a personalized mix of charms and mementos.
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.
03/01/2007 - Fickle Frequent Buyers
While multichannel shoppers have proven to be big spenders, they're not as loyal as their single channel counterparts.
03/01/2007 - DVA Spells Entertainment
Beginning in the late 1980s as a wholeSALEr of videos, DVA has grown and thrived through flexibility and expansion of product offerings. It now supplies a full range of products related to entertainment.