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09/01/2008 - Back to SCHOOL Trends
One fifth of parents nationwide have set aside a portion of their stimulus check for back to SCHOOL purchases

08/01/2008 - Toys & Novelties for Fun & Profits
Fun is never out of style. It reaches across all geographic regions and every demographic, and people pay for it, regardless of the economy.

08/01/2008 - Footwear & Apparel Forecast
Few categories can match the Footwear & Apparel niches when it comes to cultivating revenue from August through December. From Back-to-SCHOOL to Christmas, consumers are buying shoes and clothes for SCHOOL, work and gifting occasions.

08/01/2008 - Amazon Adds Office Products
Just in time for Back to SCHOOL, and in the midst of evidence that people are increasingly turning to the internet instead of driving to stores, Amazon.com Inc. has created a new office supplies section to its website.

06/01/2008 - Remote Control Zooms Sales
In 1996, unlike his high SCHOOL freshmen classmates, Kevork "Kev" Kouyoumjian was too industriously preoccupied to care whether or not he was in one of life's awkward stages.

05/01/2008 - Going Organic: Optimizing for Search to Increase Website Sales
Gaining exposure about your web business and its products or services is critical. As I stated in my last column, if a potential customer does not know you exist during their buying process, then you have no chance to make a sale.

04/01/2008 - Selling By Instinct At OBI
Tim Choklett, President of Opportunity Buys, Inc. (OBI), instinctively understands what people want. In grade SCHOOL, he removed the centers of books to sell pieces of bubblegum he had purchased in bags.

04/01/2008 - Power Your Profits With Electronics
Sales of electronics and accessories continue to soar, as more of the population adapts to an increasing number of devices in this category.

04/01/2008 - Heat Transfers Galore
AIR WAVES INC. has an unparalleled assortment of heat transfer graphics and all the equipment necessary to help a retailer get started in the imprinted T-shirt business.

04/01/2008 - Bright Sales Trends For Jewelry & Watches
Jewelry and watch niches have undoubtedly grown in the last decade, as consumers have taken advantage of their dramatically increased online buying options.

02/01/2008 - Catchy Kiosk Suppliers
Just being there is not enough for kiosk and cart operators.

01/01/2008 - Entrepreneur Earns Success
Scott Lumley is the epitome of an entrepreneurial spirit.

12/01/2007 - What Do Buyers Want?
In a world crowded with counterfeits, shoppers are drawn to the authentic, a characteristic that retailers must learn to earn.

12/01/2007 - Fish Lamps
BUY WISE introduces a line of Motion Lamps and Motion Wall Hangings.

11/01/2007 - Source for Great Deals
After 12 years in business, Discount Wholesale in Chester Springs, PA continues to expand its offerings of closeouts.

11/01/2007 - Pewter Dezigns
Pewter Dezigns was born from co-owner Ann McNally's fascination with symbology.

10/01/2007 - Linking Housewares To Foods
Today's specialty food market is vibrant and growing, and it's an opportunity for housewares retailers to grow their business

10/01/2007 - Ghosts Push Halloween Sales
Halloween is second only to Christmas in the holiday decorations market.

10/01/2007 - Fashion Accessories: Never Out Of Season
The leading sales category for the past two holiday seasons has been Apparel & Clothing, which saw double digit growth, year over year.

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 - 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.

09/01/2007 - Teamwork Drives UB2B's Success
One of the key components of Fatima Siner's game plan for business success includes the philosophy used by all winning football coaches: surround yourself with the best assistants and the most talented personnel.

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.

08/01/2007 - Slow Back To SCHOOL Sales?
This year's back to SCHOOL season may not result in sales increases at teen oriented retailers, predicts a research report by Cowen & Co., an investment firm based in New York City.

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 - Apparel Heats Up Fall Sales
Few product categories match apparel when it comes to merchandising revenue from August through the rest of the year.

07/01/2007 - Surplus Success At Via Trading
Jacques Stambouli was brainstorming one day in the library, while working on his master's thesis. His professor had assigned him to come up with a business plan that pertained to retail or wholesale.

07/01/2007 - Savvy Retailers Seek Hot Holiday Products
It is coming up fast: that time of year when the jingle of sleigh bells equals the jingle of change in the registers of savvy retailers.

06/01/2007 - Games From TV
NOVELTY POSTER COMPANY introduces several games based on popular TV shows and other tested titles.

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 - Choosing The Right Products & Location
Kiosk and cart vendors often find themselves in a Catch 22 situation. They need a prime location in order to draw the traffic that maximizes sales.

05/01/2007 - Blinking Cell Phones
CELLULAR JEWELRY utilizes a patented technology that can detect a radio frequency in the air and convert what would be a cell phone ring into a blinking light. The company currently offers this technical capability in bracelets and pens.

05/01/2007 - Bargain Kids Apparel
MAGIC KIDS USA offers name brand apparel for children, from toddlers to preteens at deep discounts. These are all first quality closeouts and overstocks, and offered at 50 to 60 percent below wholesale prices.

04/01/2007 - Visa/NFIB Grow Entrepreneurs
Visa USA will distribute a $300,000 grant to the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation, which offers educational programs designed to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in students.

04/01/2007 - Buyers Happy As Spending Grows
American consumers are a happy lot, and that bodes well for retailers this year. The University of Michigan's latest customer satisfaction index suggests spending will grow as much a 4.1 percent this quarter.

03/01/2007 - Wholesale2U.com Aids SCHOOLs
An up and coming member of the wholesale community, Wholesale2u.com, has been offering SCHOOLs across the nation the chance to participate in their unique fundraising programs, both offline and online.

03/01/2007 - Time Values
Two online shoppers seeking to buy the exact same item may have very different ideas about what constitutes a satisfying online experience. How a shopper values his or her use of personal time is the differentiator, according to a new study.

03/01/2007 - PayPal Tests Virtual Cards
Online payment service, PayPal, is testing a virtual debit card with a constantly changing identification number. The card number changes every time it is used.

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.

02/01/2007 - Enlisting Customer Support
Passionate customers are the independent retailer's most valuable weapon in winning competitive battles against big chains and others. Here are some examples of how to enlist customers' support.

01/01/2007 - Salco Streamlines Web Sales
Sal Maggio became a salesman at the wee age of four. His older brother was hawking candy bars for a SCHOOL benefit, and the toddling Maggio could not resist his natural predilection.

01/01/2007 - Private Label Revolution
No longer just cheap alternatives, private labels represent 20 percent of U.S. retail sales. JC Penney, Target and Wal-Mart are just some of the retailers that have recently announced increased emphasis on private label merchandise.

01/01/2007 - Mobile Hot Meals
UB2B. INC. introduces a revolutionary new way to provide hot, tasty meals anywhere any time. Each meal comes in a small, 10 by 4.5 by 3 inch cardboard box that contains a proprietary, advanced technology heating device, developed in Switzerland.

01/01/2007 - 10 Tips To Build Sales
Believe it or not, many retailers fail to respond to inquiries that could lead to additional business. Salespeople often dismiss phone calls, email queries, web page click throughs and web impressions as, "window shoppers."

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