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02/01/2011 - Five Reasons Why Shoppers Don't Buy
We know there are a number of factors that come into play when a consumer makes a buying decision, and we study them from head to toe in order to increase sales.
02/01/2011 - ASD Vegas Opens Feb. 27
The ASD Show returns to Las Vegas February 27 - March 2, attracting 40,000 to 50,000 attendees, with buyers from all over the U.S. and overseas.
02/01/2011 - Treat Credit Data With Care
Retailers rely on credit CARDS like restaurants rely on plates, but the danger of broken plates is nothing compared to the danger of lost or stolen credit CARD information.
01/01/2011 - Moving To Mobile Ecommerce
Converging trend lines show that the importance of mobile computing and smartphone shopping is beginning to be seen on the retail front.
01/01/2011 - Kalan's Keys to Success
With a successful history of 40 years selling key rings, novelties and more, you might think a wholesaler like Kalan Inc. would be content with a sure winning strategy.
01/01/2011 - Exit Sales Tackles Fishing Gear Online
Over the course of a long and busy professional life, Bobby Fowler has come full circle.
12/01/2010 - Online Fraud: Threat, Prevention, and Recovery
Anyone who buys or sells on the Internet may be vulnerable to online fraud.
11/01/2010 - Email Etiquette and Disclaimers
Observing the rules of email etiquette can be a quick and painless component of marketing your products or services to existing and prospective customers.
09/09/2010 - Wholesale Central's New Data Security Standards
WholesaleCentral.com, the top-ranked business-to-business directory for general merchandise buyers, distributors, importers and manufacturers, was recently certified PCI Compliant.
09/01/2010 - Gifts, Candles and Incense Trends
When it comes to the aromatic arts, giftware sellers are generally well stocked, and contrary to national economic news, well satisfied.
09/01/2010 - Giftbliss Succeeds With Snow To Go
Giftbliss Sales started up in 1993 as a manufacturers' rep group.
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.
08/01/2010 - Christmas & Holiday Preview
Might the nation's cash registers be set jing-jing-jingling again this upcoming holiday season?
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 - No Business Like Snow Business
After one of its products became a breakout best-seller, Gift Bliss had to grapple with the challenges of success. While most wholesalers carry a range of products, none would complain if just one of those items became a hot seller.
07/01/2010 - A Walk Through the Footwear Industry
Some 18 months ago, the footwear industry was very much feeling the effects of the global economic crisis.
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.
06/01/2010 - Hot Bandz Bandwagon
A new kids' jewelry product has twanged and snapped its way into a genuine youth fad. Rubber band bracelets, known collectively as, "bandz," are the latest hot craze to pique the interest of the 12 and under set
06/01/2010 - Cracking the Code for Profits
The toy market has always been difficult to gauge. Ever changing fads, not to mention the luxury item status of many toys during tougher economic times
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.
04/01/2010 - Women's and Men's Fashion Accessories
Fashion is showing signs of coming into fashion again, with indications in some quarters that the much debated economic recovery is having a positive effect on apparel and accessories.
03/01/2010 - Gift Dropship.com Offers Preloaded Sites
After a retailer, eBay store, flea marketer or anyone else who sells product sets up an account at Gift Dropship.com, they can simply visit that website, order the product and have it shipped in their store's name to their customer
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 - UPS Adds Web Printing Service
The UPS Store chain has launched an Internet service that lets customers design brochures, posters and other materials online, and then have them printed and prepared for pickup at a local UPS Store.
11/01/2009 - Inspirational Coins
CAMDEN STREET INC. has introduced a series of pocket coins designed to inspire, motivate and help a person reach a decision.
11/01/2009 - Accountant Offers Help
Dashboard Accountants, an outsourced bookkeeping firm based in Salt Lake City, is offering small and mid size businesses an opportunity to get their accounting records cleaned up for free.
10/01/2009 - Turn iPhone into POS Terminal
PHONETRANSACT.COM, an iPhone software developer, offers two retail related software programs that combine to give retailers a handy, portable credit CARD and point of sale terminal.
10/01/2009 - Trendy Wallets and Handbags
GOLDEN RESOURCE TRADING offers 1,000 different fashion handbag styles, and another 200 different styles of wallets.
10/01/2009 - Tips for Discounting
In addition to eroding profits, discounting can wreck a retailer's brand value.
10/01/2009 - Fed Extends Loan Program
The Federal Reserve has extended a program intended to spur lending to consumers and small businesses, at lower rates.
10/01/2009 - Banking on Nostalgia Again
WILD BILL'S POSTERS has added a line of buttons based on what the company's owner, Bill Ziegler, calls, "remakes of the 1960s," which have come back to popularity.
10/01/2009 - Abandoned Cart Email
In a study of 500 online retail shopping websites, just 11 percent of Internet merchants sent email responses to shoppers who abandoned carts.
09/01/2009 - Vanguard Sunglasses Inc.
This company maintains an inventory of about 600 different styles of sunglasses for men, women and children, along with 300 styles of readers.
09/01/2009 - Hurry Up Dice Game
RANDOMLINE INC. has introduced Hurry Up, a fast paced dice game that also includes mental and mathematical challenges.
09/01/2009 - D.C. Jaymes & Company
This is a supplier of virtually all the pricing and tagging supplies and equipment needed in a retail store.
09/01/2009 - 9 Ways to Improve Marketing
Marketing is like a personal exercise regimen. In the day to day bustle, it often gets pushed off the front burner or even falls between the cracks altogether
08/01/2009 - Retail Crime Jumps
Organized retail crime activity rose eight percent in the past year, according to the National Retail Federation's fifth annual Organized Retail Crime Survey.
08/01/2009 - Phone CARDS Are Winners
About two years ago, Pre-Paid Promotions Inc. began providing retailers with emergency phone CARDS with a sweepstakes attached.
08/01/2009 - Hottest Fall Handbags
Leading handbags designer and importer, Aliz International, Inc, is celebrating its 19th anniversary with their expanded Los Angeles location, Aliz California.
08/01/2009 - Dollar Store Items From JKE
JKE ENTERPRISES carries more than 10,000 different items encompassing 31 product categories.
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 - Using Color to Influence Shoppers
The one major psychological influence that all retailers can make use of is color.
07/01/2009 - Sentiment Sells Fresh Products
People are taking comfort in nostalgia and sentiment, which gives products that capitalize on these themes a winning edge at carts and kiosks.
07/01/2009 - LLD Gift of Knowledge
The Life Learning Device (LLD) is a revolutionary new tool which allows people to expand their wisdom with a touch of the button.
07/01/2009 - Key Ring Plus Pouch
RED BICYCLE BRANDS introduces The Keygaroo Key Ring, a key ring combined with a small pouch to hold essentials, such as lipstick, contact lenses, credit CARDS and earphones.
06/01/2009 - Accept European Payment Preferences
Many European consumers prefer to pay online with such methods as checks, eWallets, debit CARDS and electronic bank transfers, according to a study by CyberSource Corp.
05/01/2009 - Web Merchants Win in Court
Several federal court cases within the past year have ruled in favor of online retailers who had been charged with violating privacy laws that restrict the use of credit CARD information.
05/01/2009 - GiftCARDS.com Cuts Fee
GiftCARDS.com has eliminated the monthly maintenance fee on its NMF Visa gift CARDS until the gift CARD expires.
05/01/2009 - Fighting Payment Fraud
Online retailers of all sizes fight web payment fraud by manual review.