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11/01/2010 - Via Trading Adds Spanish-Language Site
In November 2002, Via Trading made its first sale.
11/01/2010 - Ecommerce Holiday Checklist
The holidays are quickly approaching, and retailers should already be pushing promos geared to these dates.
10/01/2010 - Pampered Princess Booms Online
Sharee Kowalski was a mom selling wholesale jewelry out of the trunk of her car 20 years ago.
09/01/2010 - Big Lots For Small Retailers
Justin Starnes, general manager of Eagle Eye Wholesalers, is still young but possesses more experience than many retail veterans.
08/01/2010 - Creating a Sale Capturing Checkout Process
The checkout process is one of the most important parts of a successful ecommerce site.
07/01/2010 - Ecommerce Leads the Pack
Online retail sales jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to an AdWeek report citing U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
06/01/2010 - Unlocking Ecommerce Software to Grow Your Business
It's one of the age-old dilemmas faced by business owners: You've got a terrific product or service to sell, but not a good means of selling it.
05/01/2010 - Successful Email Marketing
Many people hearing the term, "email marketing," think of spam cluttering up their inboxes from unwanted (and, unknown) companies, or occasional notes about upcoming sales or coupons that may or may not be relevant to their lives and lifestyles.
01/01/2010 - Trademark Global's Shark Line Of Value Priced Appliances
TRADEMARK GLOBAL is the exclusive distributor of the Shark and Euro-Pro factory service line of appliances.
12/01/2009 - Colorful Hair Twirlz
NEW LEAF TRADING introduces Hair Twirlz, a novel and fun way of accessorizing hair with twists of color.
11/01/2009 - What Makes Web Retail Tick
Calling ecommerce, "The bright side of retail," during her keynote address at the 2009 Shop.org Annual Summit, Sucharita Mulpuru of Forrester Research spelled out six things online retailers have done right.
11/01/2009 - Spectrum Packaging Has Customer Service in the Bag
In an extremely competitive market determined primarily by price, Spectrum Packaging has carved a niche for themselves with their superior customer service.
11/01/2009 - Comparison Shopping
Online merchants can benefit from revealing competitors' prices on their website, even if the competitor's price is lower.
11/01/2009 - Beads Corner
This company supplies more than 1,000 different jewelry and accessory items made of tiny, colorful seed beads.
10/01/2009 - Tips for Discounting
In addition to eroding profits, discounting can wreck a retailer's brand value.
10/01/2009 - Kiosks Rev Up for Christmas
What is true for every retailer is equally true, if not more so, for kiosk and cart vendors: the need to make the most of the holiday season.
09/01/2009 - Success Begins at Home: Advice for Your Home & Product Pages
In a previous article I mentioned the three most important pages on an ecommerce site.
09/01/2009 - Eco Friendly Kids Line
HARR D. KOENIG & COMPANY INC. has become the exclusive U.S. distributor of, "eco-kid organics for kids," a line of 11 bath and body products especially formulated for children between the ages of three and 12.
08/01/2009 - Tornado Air Freshener
MIRACLE MANUFACTURING has added Tornado, a new air freshener, to its lines of bulk incense.
08/01/2009 - Five Paid Search Myths
My previous few articles revealed details on what it takes to run a more profitable paid search campaign.
08/01/2009 - Auctions at A&W Surplus
Six years ago, after a decade in the wholesale supply business, A&W Surplus in Fresno, CA added weekly online auctions.
07/01/2009 - Test Marketing For Success
In his book, "Think And Grow Rich," Napoleon Hill says one major cause of business failure is business owners' propensity to make snap judgments and act on guesswork.
07/01/2009 - Web Satisfaction Drops
Customer satisfaction with many of the largest online retailers declined three percent this year versus last, according to the annual Top 100 Online Retail Satisfaction Index from ForeSee Results and FGI Research.
07/01/2009 - Barber and Company For the Love of T-shirts
In a T-shirt filled America, Barber & Company is not merely just another provider.
06/01/2009 - Winning Sports Souvenirs
Thanks to Prizes!, sports fans throughout the U.S. have a means of showing their undying devotion to their favorite teams.
06/01/2009 - Study Confirms Shift to Online
Time and money savings are among the reasons consumers give for shifting more of their spending to the Internet.
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 - X-ing Signs
KC CREATIONS INC. offers X-ing Signs that replicate the yellow road signs, such as deer crossing, often seen along the highway.
05/01/2009 - Teddy Scares
APPLEHEAD FACTORY has created a family of Teddy Scares.
05/01/2009 - Incense Display Kits
GFD IMPORTS WILD BERRY INCENSE DISTRIBUTION has added two endcap display kits to help retailers add incense to their retail mix, and help existing retailers increase sales and profits.
05/01/2009 - Home Fish Hatchery
GEOSPACE INTERNATIONAL offers Easy-Hatch, a home aquarium that accommodates fish embryos that hatch live Killifish.
05/01/2009 - Controlling and Reducing Fulfillment Costs
We all know we're in a tough business climate.
04/01/2009 - Stimulus Bill Falls Short
The government's economic stimulus plan doesn't include many provisions that directly benefit small businesses, according to economists.
04/01/2009 - Roth's Choice
This company specializes in closeouts of name brand personal hair care products, including blow driers and curling irons.
03/01/2009 - Variety And Service Are Priority At Mid-America Liquidators
With 350 years of aggregated experience among its top level management team, Mid-America Liquidators...
03/01/2009 - Value Price Expo Expands
On the heels of its success in Las Vegas in May 2008 and again in New York this January, Value Price Expo has added a fourth show to its annual roster, reports Alan Paggao, marketing director.
03/01/2009 - Sunglasses Forecast
She had a west coast strut that was as sweet as molasses, But what really knocked me out was her cheap sunglasses.
03/01/2009 - Retail Landlords Make Deals
As the list of store closings grows, so does the pain felt by retail landlords, not only because of the loss of some major tenants, but also because of a common but little known clause in retail leases.
03/01/2009 - Fashion Accessories Forecast
It's no secret that consumers are scrutinizing their purchases carefully. And while many may deny themselves whole new spring or summer wardrobes, the desire to spiff up for the seasons ahead is alive and well.
03/01/2009 - Decreasing Cart Abandonment
Moving customers through the checkout process effectively is a critical element toward closing any sale online.
03/01/2009 - Brand Names From Continental
For the past 20 years, Continental Wholesale LLC has been obtaining products from some of the nation's largest retailers.
03/01/2009 - Bargains At Discount Wholesalers
In the face of continuing economic concerns, Discount Wholesalers Inc. is putting particular emphasis on providing its retailer customers with, "Everyday basics and consumable products that their customers need," says Saja Stark, sales manager.
03/01/2009 - Awesome Wholesale Expands
Awesome Wholesale, a company founded eight years ago by Greg Barmes to specialize in scales, is adding significantly to its own U.S. Balance brand of digital pocket scales and balances.
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 - Fashion Accessories Spring Forecast
"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity."
02/01/2009 - Avoid Bad Check Losses
No business is required to take personal checks, and any business can require customers to pay in cash.
01/01/2009 - USPS Rates Rise
The U.S. Postal Service has announced across the board shipping rate increases averaging five percent. They begin January 18th.
01/01/2009 - Tips for Cutting Taxes
As the calendar turns to another year, it's time to get 2008 tax information in order.
01/01/2009 - Sourcing-Closeouts-Made-Easy-at-CloseoutCentral.com
CloseoutCentral.com is the web's premier location for buyers looking for the latest closeout offerings from America's leading closeout and liquidation sources.
01/01/2009 - Relaxed RETURN Policies
More than half (52 percent) of retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation (NRF) said their RETURN policies for the holiday season will be more lenient than for the rest of the year.