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12/01/2010 - Top Holiday Trends Have eCommerce Implications
The National Retail Federation recently released a list of top holiday trends, based on its holiday retail forecast.
09/01/2010 - Rules of MOBILE Marketing
In today's four-screen marketing world, designing an ideal MOBILE site is becoming more important than ever for the e-retailer.
09/01/2010 - Free Shipping Crucial For Web Orders
An overwhelming 99 percent of small companies surveyed say that free shipping is an important factor in deciding on an online supplier, according to a recent poll commissioned by Staples.
08/01/2010 - Christmas & Holiday Preview
Might the nation's cash registers be set jing-jing-jingling again this upcoming holiday season?
07/01/2010 - The iPad and eComerce
The latest and greatest gadget from Apple has the potential to transform the online shopping experience, ecommerce experts say.
06/01/2010 - Facebook's Location Feature
Marketers are excited by the recent announcement by social networking giant Facebook of an upcoming location-based feature.
05/01/2010 - The Rise of MOBILE Apps
To date, the world of MOBILE retail has been confined largely to promotion and marketing. But that looks to be changing greatly in the coming years, with a move into outright sales and revenue production via MOBILE applications.
03/01/2010 - Ranking for Local Search
Most Internet users use search functions many times a day, whether they're looking for information on a general topic
03/01/2010 - ShopNBC & MOBILE eCommerce
A giant of electronic retailing, ShopNBC has officially launched its new MOBILE ecommerce capabilities, as well as the second version of its iPhone application.
02/01/2010 - Tech Feature: Google Analytics
How do you measure the success of your company's website? Receiving reports on how many users clicked on the site is a fairly basic way.
01/01/2010 - Small Electronics Review
Trying to recapture some "Ho-ho-ho," from this past holiday season, as opposed to the "No, no, no," that characterized most of 2009.
01/01/2010 - Building Trust Online
Although a number of factors come into play when a customer makes a buying decision on the Internet, none is more important than trust.
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 - Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters
NOVELTY GIFT COMPANY distributes Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters, toys that are gaining publicity as this year's Tickle Me Elmo and Cabbage Patch Dolls.
11/01/2009 - Going Global
Researchers say that new services are making it easier for web merchants to go global.
10/01/2009 - PayPal for Teens
In time for the holidays and as kids go back to school, PayPal focuses on teen buying with a new student account.
08/01/2009 - Making Emails Personal
If retailers' emails are to be effective, they must be relevant to each recipient and sent via their MOBILE phones and Facebook pages, said Mike Hilts, president and general manger of Yesmail, an email marketing service.
04/01/2009 - Small Electronics
While the economic slowdown has had obvious, far ranging effects on many wholesale and retail sectors, it's actually been a boon for many wholesalers specializing in small electronics.
04/01/2009 - Future Retail Formats
Not surprisingly, the economic downturn will be a big influence on which retail store formats will prosper and which will fade over the next few years.
02/01/2009 - Twisteez Crafts Profits
Twisteez is a product that invites creativity.
02/01/2009 - Beating the Giant Chains
It is a challenging economic climate for retailers big and small.
01/01/2009 - Online Buyers Expand Spending
Big ticket items, such as home appliances, have been among the products to be least purchased online.
10/01/2008 - Prep Websites for Holidays
More consumers are expected to shop online this holiday season. Now is the time to make sure your retail website is ready to maximize the potential.
10/01/2008 - Offline Advertising Drives Online Traffic
Regardless of the medium, offline advertising is driving consumers online, according to a recent survey by JupiterResearch.
08/01/2008 - Consumers Flock to the Web
Nearly half of all Internet users worldwide will make online purchases this year, according to IDC data.
08/01/2008 - Broadband Ramps Up
Two separate studies show that broadband is having an increasingly positive impact on Internet sales.
06/01/2008 - India Retailer Targets U.S.
India's largest retailer is targeting Indian consumers in America.
05/01/2008 - Coupons On Cell Phones
Consumers are interested in receiving coupons on their MOBILE phones, but the adoption of this practice by advertisers remains low.
04/01/2008 - Wireless Broadband Soars
Although MOBILE wireless broadband access is now utilized by a mere one percent of the population, it is growing by triple digits, according to a new study.
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.
03/01/2008 - Kiosks Tap Today's Trends
Product categories with enormous appeal to today's consumers tap into two key consumer trends: The need to keep up with technology and advanced communications and the desire to be more fit, youthful, healthy and attractive.
02/01/2008 - MOBILE Marketing Rises
Although just five percent of US MOBILE phone users have participated in MOBILE marketing programs, 25 percent show interest in participation.
02/01/2008 - Boomers' Web Use Rising
Older Americans, from baby boomers to those over 60, are becoming a more significant Internet target market, according to a new study by eMarketer.com.
10/01/2007 - Twirling Machine
Dakota Steel Art has developed a new concept in interior decorating and retail advertising.
09/01/2007 - Shopping By GPS
MOBILE phone providers Sprint, Nextel, and GPShopper have teamed up to launch a service that uses the web and global positioning technology to guide shoppers to products they want and the local stores that carry them.
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.
06/01/2007 - Sending Email Images
More and more web wholesalers and retailers are using photos in their email campaigns to show off their hottest product lines.
05/01/2007 - MOBILE Solar Power
SOLAR STYLE utilizes a patented design in its series of MOBILE, solar powered units that can be used to charge portable electronic devices.
04/01/2007 - Jewelry Sparkles on the Web
The jewelry business is much like a diamond: There are so many micro niches and interesting products, this industry appears at least slightly different, whenever you look at it from another angle.
03/01/2007 - Social Retailing
A new in-store shopping experience, called, "Social Retailing," is designed to target young consumers.
03/01/2007 - New Gadgets At CES
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is always one of the biggest trade events on the calendar. This year was certainly no different.
03/01/2007 - Jumping On The Kiosk Boom
Over the past five years, retail revenues and rents from kiosks and carts have doubled to reach $10 billion, according to Specialty Retail Report.
03/01/2007 - Email Personalization
Just 10 percent of email marketers individualize all aspects of their email campaigns.
02/01/2007 - Dawn of mCommerce
Multi-channel marketing adds another channel: mCommerce, which is shopping on MOBILE phones. While wildly popular overseas, mCommerce is only now beginning to pop up in the U.S.
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.