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11/01/2009 - Push for Internet Privacy
An assembly of 10 consumer advocacy groups, including the U.S. Public INTEREST Research Group...
11/01/2009 - Optimizing Conversion
A majority of Internet retailers and other online businesses are failing to take advantage of analytics technology, in order to optimize website content to better convert online browsers to buyers, according to a recent study by Omniture Inc
11/01/2009 - Effective Email Marketing
A staple in any customer retention program is the ability to write emails that strengthen relationships, receive responses and prompt action.
10/01/2009 - Renegotiating Leases
In the face of continuing economic conditions, powerful national retailers and restaurant corporations are actively and aggressively renegotiating their leases with their landlords.
10/01/2009 - Broadband Widens Reach
Broadband Internet access is now nearly universal, with rural areas closing the gap with metropolitan areas, according to a new report from comScore Inc.
09/01/2009 - Gift Wholesalers Hopeful for the Holidays
As with every business sector, those working in the gift industry have just one question regarding the recession: Is it over yet?
09/01/2009 - Celebrating The King of Pop
HEAVENLY BODY PRODUCTS offers a wide variety of posters, T-shirts and buttons in honor of Michael Jackson.
08/01/2009 - Website Aids Loans
America's Recovery Capital (ARC) loans are government mandated INTEREST free loans designed to help small businesses.
08/01/2009 - Making Emails Personal
If retailers' emails are to be effective, they must be relevant to each recipient and sent via their mobile phones and Facebook pages, said Mike Hilts, president and general manger of Yesmail, an email marketing service.
08/01/2009 - Housewares and Gifts Fall Forecast
Events conspire to help keep the housewares market strong, while gift giving remains an important part of family and social life.
08/01/2009 - High Margins For Kiosk Success
Because carts and kiosks necessarily contain a limited variety of product, it is not only important that products sell through at a rapid pace, but also that each sale garners the vendor a healthy profit margin.
08/01/2009 - Discount Wholesalers Adds Big Brands
The sought after Maybelline and L'Oreal brand merchandise has joined Discount Wholesalers' already extensive offerings of Cover Girl cosmetics, and a wide variety of other branded and off brand health and beauty aid products.
08/01/2009 - Deals on DVDs
Reto Lingenhag founded Education 2000 Inc. in 1988, with an assortment of travel DVDs.
08/01/2009 - Business Booms at Overstock Avenue
It's 2009, the economy is in a slump, and business is booming at Overstock Avenue.
07/01/2009 - Sentiment Sells Fresh Products
People are taking comfort in nostalgia and sentiment, which gives products that capitalize on these themes a winning edge at carts and kiosks.
06/01/2009 - Wholesalers Expand Online Offerings
Internet wholesale suppliers large and small are enhancing their online marketing and sales strategies to help their retailer customers get more bang for the buck.
06/01/2009 - Social Network Boosts Local Retail
The social networking site MySpace.com has joined forces with online guidebook Citysearch.com to launch MySpace Local.
06/01/2009 - Picking Kiosk Product Winners
While good salesmanship and dedication are essential ingredients to success with kiosks and carts, selecting the right product is critical to attracting attention and making sales.
06/01/2009 - Major Retail Groups Merge
Two will join, seeking to create a single trade association to represent retail INTERESTs in Washington.
06/01/2009 - 4 Ways to Increase ROI of Your PPC Campaigns
Many see running a profitable paid search campaign as an art.
05/01/2009 - Safe Kiosks and Profits From Security
Securing a kiosk or cart against theft, especially during off hours, is an important consideration that can be addressed with an affordable closed circuit television system.
05/01/2009 - Increasing Average Orders
Generating more revenue for your online store is undoubtedly one of the most important long term goals of any business owner.
05/01/2009 - Animal Card Game
MATTER GROUP offers the Xeko series of trading card games that are designed to educate kids about animals and biodiversity.
04/01/2009 - NRF Defends Same As Cash
The National Retail Federation has asked Congress to overturn recent Federal Reserve regulations that would effectively ban popular "same as cash" offers.
04/01/2009 - Landlords Loosen Up
Better late than never seems to be the new theme for retail landlords. Instead of simply evicting struggling tenants, several retail developer/managers are deferring rents to maintain occupancy levels.
04/01/2009 - Build Loyalty Inside and Out
Building loyalty among customers, prospects and employees doesn't have to cost a dime.
03/01/2009 - Warm Mouse Is Hot
The Warm Mouse is a product born to an instant market. It is the type of product every retailer wants to carry, because it is unlikely to stay on the shelf.
02/01/2009 - Words That Make Or Lose Money
During the recent holiday shopping season, I noticed many stores using terms that seemed to contradict their intended purpose (to generate sales).
02/01/2009 - Twisteez Crafts Profits
Twisteez is a product that invites creativity.
02/01/2009 - Online Fraud Climbs 11 Percent
Ecommerce fraud losses in the U.S. and Canada are expected to reach $4 billion for 2008, an 11 percent increase from 2007, according to CyberSource Corp.
02/01/2009 - Growing Sales With Sunglasses
Sunglasses are among the highest profit retail categories. What's more, they are far less seasonal than in the past. Just look at the celebrities who wear them winter and summer.
02/01/2009 - Focus on Your Business
Yes, the stock market has lost about half of its value in the past year. But for the small business owner, experts say, "Stick to your knitting."
02/01/2009 - Fashion Accessories Spring Forecast
"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity."
01/01/2009 - Tips for Selling in Tough Times
As economic times become more difficult and uncertainty increases, many business owners have found it tough to sell their products.
11/01/2008 - Retailers See Strength Online
Online retailers reported profitability last year and believe online shopping will be more resilient than other channels in the months ahead, according to a newly released study by Forrester Research for Shop.org.
11/01/2008 - Global Supply Chain Safety
The Internet's positive impact on global supply chain management is undeniable.
11/01/2008 - Consumers Love Coupons
As Americans attempt to stretch their disposable dollars, we are becoming a nation of coupon clippers.
11/01/2008 - CLS Offers Solutions
With more than 20 years of experience handling, processing and liquidating product for many of the world's largest retailers and manufacturers.
09/01/2008 - Social Networks Build Brand Awareness
Increasing buyers' awareness of your company and products is just one element of running a successful online business.
09/01/2008 - Ebay to Emphasize Fixed-Price Sales Format
Acknowledging that most online shoppers cannot be bothered with auctions, eBay plans Wednesday to announce changes to its fee structure that emphasize fixed prices over bidding.
08/01/2008 - Social Networking Primer
If Digg, MySpace, and FaceBook are foreign concepts to you, it might be time to find out what the social networking phenomenon is all about. Social networking can be a way to maximize your online presence.
08/01/2008 - Infotech America Offers Web Promo Services
In the past five years, consumers have changed the way they find products and services via the Internet.
08/01/2008 - Checkout Options
Some retailers and wholesalers are still using their websites as more of an online catalog than an ecommerce engine and it is a shame to see them leaving so much money on the table.
07/01/2008 - Win with Liquidation.com
You might think that a website like Liquidation.com would balk at the suggestion that it is, "the eBay for wholesale liquidations."
07/01/2008 - White-Hot Holiday Products
Ecommerce has helped the holiday product niche skyrocket over the years, offering more unique, high quality products at increasingly better prices.
07/01/2008 - Meeting Global Challenges
The decline of the U.S. dollar has led many domestic online retailers to consider targeting international markets as a way of expanding their customer base and revenue.
07/01/2008 - JSK Computer Services: Buyers' One-Stop Shop
Jeffrey Kodba was a 24-year-old college graduate making use of his diploma working as an IT technician, sharing an apartment with his brother, Joseph, and enjoying his life in Pittsburgh.
07/01/2008 - FTC Proposals Hit Resistance
The volume of information Internet companies gather about consumers has long raised concerns over privacy.
06/01/2008 - Hispanics Respond to Email
Online retail spending by Hispanics is expected to reach $21.6 billion by 2011, according to a study by JupiterResearch, which also indicates this group is the largest U.S. minority population.
05/01/2008 - Garden Fountains
MY TREASURE TRUNK, a supplier of home décor, gifts, garden accessories and other items, has assembled a collection of 15 different designs of water fountains that bring the INTEREST of a water feature to yards and gardens.