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03/01/2012 - GENCO Marketplace Wins Exclusive Contract to Liquidate Returns for Home Depot
GENCO Marketplace, has won an exclusive contract to liquidate store returns from The Home Depot stores.
03/01/2012 - Boosting Liquidation Innovation
Boost Liquidation began in late September of 2011 with the intention of doing business in a different way and utilizing innovative methods that would best serve its customers.
03/01/2012 - Conklin Fashions
Conklin Fashions offers 10,000 different products, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, novelty items, body jewelry, sunglasses, and reading accessories available at heavily discounted wholesale prices.
03/01/2012 - Support Local ONLINE
Over the past few years, there have been numerous campaigns, such as Small Business Saturday and Shift Your SHOPPING, which encourage shoppers to buy products from local brick and mortars.
03/01/2012 - Walmarts ONLINE Innovations
Walmart named Neil Ashe, former CEO of CNET and president of CBS Interactive, as the new president and CEO of its global ecommerce business, effective immediately.
02/01/2012 - Handbag Wholesalers Fashion Forecast
A lot of product lines are relatively static, and what was popular 15 years ago is still the standard today.
02/01/2012 - Mobile Cyber Monday
ONLINE spending reached a record $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday 2011, with an estimated 22 percent growth year over year, according to ComScore.
02/01/2012 - Abandonment Update
A new study by SeeWhy's Conversion Academy declares that despite most companies' fears of cart abandonment, for many customers it is, an important part of the normal buying cycle, and not a rejection of the company or the store.
02/01/2012 - Big Spending Tablet Users
According to Mashable.com, 20 percent of all mobile ecommerce sales currently come from tablets, nearly two thirds of tablet owners have purchased goods via their device, and more than 56 percent have downloaded SHOPPING related applications.
01/01/2012 - Mother's Day Gifts
Every mother is different. Some moms love cute, sentimental gifts, while others prefer more practical items.
01/01/2012 - Mobile Marketing Trends
On a planet with about seven billion people, 2011 saw an astonishing 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions, about 77 percent of the total population.
01/01/2012 - China eCommerce Explodes
China's ONLINE sales are projected to surpass those of the United States by 2015.
01/01/2012 - Facebook SHOPPING
Facebook users have integrated their pages with third-party apps to show what they read and listen to, where they go, and what they are doing.
12/01/2011 - Fragrant Smell of Success
Some products are always in demand, especially items used for setting a mood and holiday gift giving.
12/01/2011 - The Truth About Traffic
In the last issue, I outlined some important thinking that makes up basic foundational elements of a successful ecommerce business.
12/01/2011 - Safeguard Against Holiday Outages
eMarketer is predicting a 12 percent increase in holiday SHOPPING over last year, which is great news for retailers.
12/01/2011 - Mobile App Sales Rising
According to IT market research group Gartner, companies will generate half of their web sales via social media and mobile applications by 2015.
11/01/2011 - Driving Conversion with Photography
From large photographs that anchor your home page to small product shots on the site?s pages, photography is a crucial element in the ONLINE success of a brand.
11/01/2011 - Novelties & Souvenirs Forecast
Although the economy continues to be sluggish, innovative gift and novelty dealers are finding ways to engage shoppers and bring some fun to a marketplace that desperately needs a few smiles.
11/01/2011 - Flipping Over Burger Flippers
The Wildman Business Group, a third generation family owned business based in Warsaw, IN, knows how to adapt to an evolving business environment.
11/01/2011 - Cart Abandonment?
A study revealed, shoppers frustration with the amount of shipping costs and a desire to comparison shop for a lower price.
11/01/2011 - More Buying at Lower Price Points
While more shoppers are buying ONLINE and total U.S. sales are up, the average sale per transaction continues to decrease.
11/01/2011 - Tablet Ecommerce Heats Up With Amazon's Kindle Fire
With the release of Amazon's new color tablet, Kindle Fire, the ecommerce giant is competing with Apple's iPad with a product half the price.
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.
10/01/2011 - Dollar General Sells ONLINE
In an attempt to be more competitive, discount retailer Dollar General has redesigned its website, www.dollargeneral.com, as a functional ONLINE store.
10/01/2011 - International Ecommerce
Beyond America's borders, ecommerce continues to grow in terms of dollar revenue and ONLINE shoppers.
10/01/2011 - ONLINE Sales Rise
There is currently a need for brick and mortar sales in this economy, but there is some good news for ecommerce merchants.
09/01/2011 - Podcasts Enrich Wholesale Suppliers Marketing Campaigns
Sumner Communications, a leading publisher of general merchandise trade magazines, directories and websites, announces the launch of its retail and wholesale industry podcast series.
09/01/2011 - The Perfect Cart Experience
Ask any number of shoppers what elements would need to be present to create the perfect cart experience and likely there will be a variety of different answers.
08/01/2011 - Gift And Decor Wholesalers Adapt and Thrive
The gift and decor industry covers a wide range of merchandise, but some universal trends can be found when taking a closer look at the industry?s suppliers.
07/01/2011 - Footwear Suppliers Basic Styles And Tropical Sandals Are Hot
From sandals on the Fourth of July to toe socks at Christmas, footwear and hosiery are always in season.
07/01/2011 - Buy4Store Finds New Ways To Serve Retailers
While some wholesalers may do a single thing well, Buy4Store.com is continually refining new and multiple ways to provide profitable opportunities to its retailer buyers.
07/01/2011 - Nurturing Customer Loyalty
If you want to increase profits, start looking internally. Shifting your sales focus from new customers to loyal customers is one way to increase your sales dramatically.
06/01/2011 - Leading Holiday Suppliers Offer Trend Advice For Seasonal Success
Just about every retail business gets a vital boost in the final months of the year, but for merchants who specialize in seasonal goods, there's no season like the holiday season.
06/01/2011 - CoolJewels.com Delivers Top Of The Trend Fashion Just In Time
With the experience that comes from 35 years in business, Phillips International, Inc. is a master of the art of timing.
06/01/2011 - Five Ways to Stop Cart Abandonment
Too often, ecommerce transactions are spoiled by abandoned SHOPPING carts.
05/01/2011 - Fashion Wholesaler Thrives With Great Prices And Variety
EMart Wholesale has a simple and solid philosophy that is serving the company well in these troubled economic times.
05/01/2011 - ONLINE Merchants Go Wild
As the economy begins to turn a corner, a growing number of ecommerce fashion wholesalers are leaping to launch new companies, while established dealers report that business is picking up.
05/01/2011 - Killerbeads Offers Guaranteed Sales To Ecommerce Jewelers
With an 18-year-history of selling jewelry and incense, Killerbeads has a nose for what ecommerce merchants need.
05/01/2011 - Google Product Ads
In November 2007, Google invited users to beta test a new form of advertising available to Adwords advertisers called the Product Plusbox.
04/01/2011 - Dropship Business Pushed To The Foreground
The Internet may have allowed a thousand ecommerce flowers to bloom, but wholesale dropshippers are the fertile soil from which many of those merchants have sprouted.
04/01/2011 - NationalGift.com Offers Complete Ecommerce Solutions
Many distributors start off as traditional wholesalers, stocking goods in warehouses and relying on field reps and faxes for orders.
04/01/2011 - Fragrance Maker Inspired To Launch New Products After Brush With Death
In the face of catastrophe, truly courageous people fight back and take a new look at all the facets of their lives.
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.
03/01/2011 - More Retailers Move To Ecommerce
Electronic commerce is gaining in importance, according to a new study by Retail Systems Research.
02/01/2011 - Is Chat Dead or Live?
A big advantage that brick and mortar stores have over ecommerce sites boils down to a simple phrase, "May I help you?" When a customer looks confused in a brick and mortar store, a clerk can stop to offer personal assistance.
02/01/2011 - Toy and Game Forecast
From radio band helicopters to rubber band bracelets, it is not easy to figure out the next hot toy.
02/01/2011 - Summit Road Launches New Site
A premiere wholesale distribution company is moving even more of its business ONLINE. Summit Road Distributing, selling a large assortment of products, dipped its toes in the ecommerce waters years ago with a site on WholesaleCentral.com.
02/01/2011 - ASD Vegas Opens Feb. 27
The ASD Show returns to Las Vegas February 27 - March 2, attracting 40,000 to 50,000 attendees, with buyers from all over the U.S. and overseas.
01/01/2011 - Moving To Mobile Ecommerce
Converging trend lines show that the importance of mobile computing and smartphone SHOPPING is beginning to be seen on the retail front.