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03/01/2009 - Web Sales Rising
Despite the recession, online retail sales will likely keep climbing in 2009.
03/01/2009 - U.S. Ecommerce Comeback Seen by 2010
Ecommerce in the United States is expected to climb back to last year's levels by 2010 after experiencing slowing growth in 2009 due to the recession, a research group said recently.
03/01/2009 - Belkin Gets Caught Buying 5-Star Reviews
Just last Wednesday, I spent an entire session of my online reputation management workshop explaining how to manage negative product reviews, and increase the positive ones.
01/01/2009 - Retailing to Etailing
Independent retail businesses still without a website are not alone. According to a recent study by research firm, Warrillow & Co., a whopping 59 percent of small businesses do not have a site yet.
12/01/2008 - Retailers Smell Success with Scented Products
Relatively inexpensive and enjoyable gift products sell all year. Birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, bar mitzvahs and other occasions prompt consumers to constantly be gifting.
12/01/2008 - High-Flying Sales at HobbyTron.com
HobbyTron.com was founded more than eight years ago as a niche retail provider for enthusiasts of electronic kits.
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 - CSB Offers Sizzling Housewares
Over three decades, Bob Schmeizer, joined later by his son, Scott, built CSB Commodities Inc. into a prosperous wholesaler of housewares.
09/01/2008 - The Facebook Edge
Many leading web retailers are losing ground to competitors in marketing to young adults by not maintaining a fan page on the social networking site Facebook.com.
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 - Online Fraud Rises
More consumers are being victimized by fraudulent use of their credit and debit cards to make online purchases, according to research firm Javelin Strategy & Research.
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.
07/01/2008 - AMAZON Sues New York
AMAZON.com has filed a suit in New York State Supreme Court, charging that New York State's recently amended sales tax law is, "invalid, illegal and unconstitutional," and that it unfairly targets AMAZON.com.
12/01/2007 - AMAZON.com Ranked #1
Though customers have infinite options for shopping online, a few companies stand out as favorites, according to an inaugural Favorite 50 survey, conducted by BIGresearch.
09/01/2007 - Web Profits: Proven How-To Strategies to Skyrocket Web Sales
Last month I presented the importance of knowing your website performance numbers. Knowing these numbers enables you to decide where to focus your efforts, including time and money to increase your website sales.
09/01/2007 - Social Shopping Sites
People who love to shop, also love to talk about shopping.
08/01/2007 - Stores Catching Up Online
Retailers that only sell online are rated higher in customer satisfaction than websites operated by brick and mortar retailers. But the latter group is catching up.
08/01/2007 - PayPal's Mobile Checkout
To reach small retailers that want to sell goods through mobile phones, PayPal has expanded its Mobile Checkout capability. The new service is also designed to be easy for consumers to use.
07/01/2007 - Merchants Set Up Shop at Facebook
Facebook Inc., the online social network with 24 million active users, now allows merchandisers to develop applications that its users can add to their personal pages. Various name brands have already jumped into the fray.
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 - Long Tail SEO
Most retailers with an online presence are keenly aware of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), a series of tools and techniques designed to drive up your rankings on popular search engines like Google and Yahoo.
02/01/2007 - Solid Year For Online Toy Sales
A survey of online toy wholesalers and retailers reveals a good but not great year in 2006, and promising prospects for '07.
01/01/2007 - How the Small Survive Online
While the AMAZONs, Dells and Sears of the Internet landscape dominate online commerce, it is the small wholesalers and retailers who make the web hum. Statistics on the exact number of mom and pop websites are tough to come by, but needless to say that without the millions of small online storefronts dotting the web, ecommerce would not be the bustling, diverse selling alternative that it is.