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10/01/2012 - Ecommerce Holiday Checklist
The holidays are quickly approaching and your business promos should have already begun. Keeping everything in check and making sure you leave no stone unturned can be a difficult task. To help you in that effort, here is a checklist of items you should consider while preparing for the holidays.
10/01/2012 - Retail ECommerce to Grow Significantly
For RETAILERS today, it is an exciting but challenging time. The ecommerce revolution has created a newly empowered consumer, the "always-on" consumer, who has higher expectations for the retail shopping experience than ever before. But how should RETAILERS transform their business and their supply chains to support the omni channel delivery of products to these new consumers?
10/01/2012 - New GENCO Website Brings Greater Convenience
GENCO Marketplace, one of America's largest merchandise liquidators, has launched a newly designed website to bring speed and convenience to online wholesalers and RETAILERS, enabling them to spend less time sourcing liquidation inventory and more time selling, GENCO announced.
09/01/2012 - Ecommerce Essentials to Grow Your Business
Efficient ecommerce platforms are a vital part of Internet wholesalers' and RETAILERS' businesses. They provide a variety of tools that automate web based sales, such as creation and maintenance of product catalogs, shopping cart services, payment processing and order tracking.
09/01/2012 - Collectibles Create a Craze
When it comes to making the web do work, Dimension 9 LLC is one company that knows how to strategically crack the whip. With 30 years in the gift and souvenir industry, the company has spent years perfecting products and learning from peers.
09/01/2012 - Kheops-Meaningful-Business
How can a business inspire harmony? How does making a purchase result in a deeper connection with nature? Most importantly, what in the world does the web have to do with it? Kheops International has answers, all of which come in the form of meaningful gifts. As a leading wholesaler and drop shipper of candles, treasure boxes, figurines and other spiritual items, Kheops shares its appreciation for harmony and nature via its selection of gifts and jewelry.
09/01/2012 - Wrap the Holidays in Fun, Flirty Accessories
Colorful, unique accessories make great holiday gifts, especially when they offer RETAILERS outstanding profit margins. Some of the hottest new merchandise this season includes versatile hand cut scarves, shiny hair products and twinkling rhinestone jewelry, and jingle jangle hip scarves, all of which dress up anyone's bottom line.
09/01/2012 - The Sky's the Limit with Cloud Computing
Instagram, Groupon and LinkedIn are amazing success stories that serve different markets yet share a common link. Each was born in "The Cloud," a complex infrastructure that, in real time over the Internet, extends an online business's IT capabilities without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software.
09/01/2012 - 9 Lessons For Running an Ecommerce Business
If I have learned anything over the years while running ecommerce businesses, it is to plan for everything, and expect the unexpected. Growth requires adaptation, constant attention and change. "You reap what you sow," "garbage in, garbage out," and the list goes on.
09/01/2012 - Small Businesses Eye Big Sites
A study recently completed by Vendio, a multichannel ecommerce solutions company, found that small and mid-sized online RETAILERS are highly confident in the future of ecommerce.
08/01/2012 - Broadcast Your Brand with Video Marketing
Video marketing is a way to promote your products and services through the use of video, either online, on DVD, at tradeshows or via other systems. It is an opportunity for you to put your face and voice out there with the rest of your marketing messages.
08/01/2012 - Vapor Corp. Files for Padded Patent
Vapor Corp., an electronic cigarette company, has filed a patent for a "Padded Cartridge For An Electronic Cigarette Apparatus," with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a soft tip e-cigarette filter with the same tactile feel of a traditional cigarette.
08/01/2012 - Themed Jewelry Goes the Distance
Few professional athletes can deny the glamour or prestige of championship tournament rings. The weight of these glinting pieces stands for every ounce of teamwork that went into the team's victory, and the rings often become heirlooms. Nick DeVito and Company, in Sarasota, FL, has made it part of its mission to bring that feeling of team pride to sports fans as well.
08/01/2012 - Impulse Gifts Grab Sales
It is easier than ever for RETAILERS to stock up on gift and novelty merchandise in preparation for successful holiday sales. This is because online wholesalers not only stay on top of hot trends and have plenty of popular merchandise available, they also continue to invest in website functionality that enables buyers to quickly see what is new, peruse colorful catalogs, avail themselves of web specials, and place and track orders online.
08/01/2012 - Consumers Demand Simple Site Navigation and Reviews
A report from A.T. Kearney suggests that ecommerce vendors are seeing increased interest from consumers with the web becoming an avenue for
08/01/2012 - Tablets Trump Smartphones
RETAILERS tend to lump tablets and smartphones into the same category called "mobile," but that might not be wise, according to the results of a new study by online marketing technology company Monetate.
08/01/2012 - Google Search Goes Shopping
Starting this fall, just when the retail holiday shopping season is in full swing, Google will do away with its free Product Search platform in a move to a paid format called Google Shopping.
08/01/2012 - Mobile Online Transactions
Online shopping cart abandonment rates are sky high, topping 70 percent according to some studies, and incomplete sales can be a problem for today's online RETAILERS.
07/01/2012 - Using Social Media to Grow Business
Most small business owners know that social media is an important part of their online strategy, but may not know where to start or have the time to learn. Others may not believe that social media is important at all. The truth is that social media is critical to the success of any business.
07/01/2012 - There's an App for That
Mobility changed communication. Freedom from wires and landlines, freedom from cables, cords and tangles has spread like wildfire in a culture that prizes speed and efficiency. The demand for mobility has affected the way we live and, in turn, the way customers shop. Text-ready thumbs are now interested in making purchases, placing orders online via cell phones and tablets.
07/01/2012 - The Right Renovations at Accessories Palace
Accessories Palace Inc. has offered many stellar fashion wholesale products for over a decade, enabling independent RETAILERS to acquire stylish items and sell to customers hoping to reinvent their look.
07/01/2012 - Fortune Products Pioneers
Fortune Products has become a trustworthy name in wholesale during the last 27 years by offering numerous events décor items, including LED candles, blacklights, police beacons and signals, fantasia fairy lights, and more. These fun tech items and numerous others can be found at www.fortuneproducts.com, often coming in attractive variations. For instance, the 5" x 5" police beacons can be purchased in green, amber, red, blue and pink, and the blacklights come as light bulbs and fixtures.
07/01/2012 - Innovative Toys Create Sales
Toys are always big sellers for independent RETAILERS, whether for stocking shelves for the holidays or for year-round gifting occasions like birthdays. Marketers tend to agree that the more innovative the product, the greater the sales.
07/01/2012 - Social Gifting Trend
The Official Merchant Services Blog keeps its finger on the pulse of ecommerce, and recognizes the latest hot trends by staying ahead of the technology curve. Trending now is Social Gifting, the activity where consumers on social media channels like Facebook can individually, or in groups, purchase gifts for friends.
07/01/2012 - Marketers React to Google Changes
Google recently upended the ecommerce marketing world with the announcement of upcoming changes to what will now be called Google Shopping. Many RETAILERS and marketers we spoke with are positive about the switch. One might think taking a product from free to paid would cause an outcry, but for many it is an answer to long time concerns about control.
06/01/2012 - Walmart Dives Into Social ECommerce
Walmart recently launched its first social gifting platform, Shopycat, a Facebook application that suggests gifts for friends based on their Facebook use.
06/01/2012 - Robert Greenspan: Wholesale Legend
Robert E. Greenspan is one of the great American wholesale success stories of the last 40 years.
06/01/2012 - MoH Innovates Online
Andrew Kitzenberg of Memory on Hand proves there are also fascinating startup stories in more behind-the-scenes venues like wholesale.
06/01/2012 - Wholesalers See Big Holiday Season
It's that important time of year again, when independent RETAILERS begin buying holiday season products for their ecommerce warehouses and store shelves. What is going to be hot among Christmas and Hanukkah shoppers in 2012?
06/01/2012 - Western Express: USA Made
Western Express, Inc., with roots in Pennsylvania, one of the original New World colonies, celebrates another branch of our American heritage with its USA Made Western-themed products.
05/01/2012 - Kole's Wholesale Buying Tips
With over 25 years' experience, Kole Imports knows the preferences of today's frugal RETAILERS, and their equally cost-conscious customers.
05/01/2012 - Drop Shipping For Retail ROI
E-retail companies and mom and pop shops that want to make more money without the potential of overstock headaches need not look further than drop shipping.
05/01/2012 - Western Express For Western Success
The story behind Western Express, the leading wholesale company for cowboy hats, western shirts, belt buckles, and other buckaroo-styled clothing items, starts with a touch of show business.
05/01/2012 - Clash of the Retail Titans
There was once a time when Walmart and Amazon grew simultaneously, serving different demographics and merchandising needs.
05/01/2012 - Web-Only RETAILERS See Growth
Digital shopping channels are undeniably a growing trend among bargain hunters, special occasion shoppers and even shoppers looking for everyday merchandise.
04/12/2012 - Wholesale Central and Pinnacle Cart Forge Partnership
Wholesale Central, the Internet's leading directory of wholesale suppliers, has joined forces with leading eCommerce provider Pinnacle Cart in an effort to make selling wholesale merchandise on the internet easier than ever before. The partnership launched with the latest release of Pinnacle Cart, version 3.7.11, which includes an automated data feed to Wholesale Central's proprietary product search feature.
04/01/2012 - Back-to-School Online
While kids are currently counting down to the first day of summer vacation, RETAILERS are already merchandising for the new school year, filling their stockrooms with the essentials and the forecasted must-haves.
04/01/2012 - Global Imports Offers Wholesale Bargains
Global Imports, Inc., selling online at Hunnt.com, is a wholesale and closeout company that provides high quality goods at low prices.
04/01/2012 - Flipo Group - Twenty Years of Innovation
Many people start a wholesale business for extra cash, or to try something new. For Jerry Phlippeau, it was a means for survival.
04/01/2012 - Via Trading Liquidation
Via Trading Corp. of California has more than stood up to its company mission during its 10 years of operation: to be the recognized leader in the liquidation industry and to continuously strengthen its position.
04/01/2012 - Ecommerce Customer Satisfaction Flat
The American Customer Satisfaction Index, founded at the University of Michigan, has released its annual ecommerce report after measuring responses from product and service evaluations for 225 U.S. companies in 47 industries.
03/01/2012 - Leading Internet Wholesale Source Surpasses 700,000 Product Milestone
WholesaleCentral.com, the Internet's leading directory of wholesalers and wholesale products, has surpassed the 700,000-item mark in its one-of-a-kind product database.
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 - Drop Shipping by Kole Imports, Part One
Kole Imports has been a successful wholesaler of general merchandise for the past 26 years, growing a solid customer base and building itself into a brand name in the industry.
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 - Fear, Fun & Profits This Halloween
For most holidays, consumers purchase decorations and merchandise that promote cheer or comfort such as bunnies for Easter, snowmen for Christmas, or a Thanksgiving cornucopia.
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 - Pride Products
Pride Products has grown from modest beginnings into one of the largest distributors of general merchandise in the United States.