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11/01/2011 - Bethel International markets college products
Bethel International, a wholesaler with a proven track record in the handbag business, found the need to change with fashion trends and the market.
11/01/2011 - Going Global
Recent news reports indicate that the international ecommerce marketplace is not only growing, but playing a larger role in the U.S. market.
10/01/2011 - Google Universe: Tools To Build Your Business
For any retailer seeking low cost tools to boost the bottom line, the first place to look is Google.
10/01/2011 - Wholesalers Find Profits By Expanding Sales
In this continually slow economy, shoppers are not flocking to department stores or high-end shops like they once did.
10/01/2011 - Erply's New POS System Offers Six Compelling Strengths
Erply, an Estonian company, has created an innovative ecommerce solution for big box retailers as well as medium and small retailers.
10/01/2011 - Grill Topper Leaves a Searing Impression at Retail
Imagine you and your pals work at a foundry. After spending your shift pouring molten metal and hauling heavy loads, you hang out with your friends from the plant.
10/01/2011 - Web Tax Issues
Strapped state legislatures, hungry for new revenue, are looking to tax ecommerce sites such as Amazon.
10/01/2011 - International Ecommerce
Beyond America's borders, ecommerce continues to grow in terms of dollar revenue and online shoppers.
09/01/2011 - Optimizing Search Results for Ecommerce
For many ecommerce merchants, customer traffic arrives primarily through search engines, including Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
09/01/2011 - Spring Trends Focus on Value
As the economy is still in a state of recovery, suppliers are working hard to offer deals that will help store owners survive.
09/01/2011 - Mountain View Movies Specializes In DVDs And Games
When Tiffany Wilkie and her husband launched their wholesale closeout DVD business six years ago, they didn't know that they had a blockbuster on their hands.
09/01/2011 - Great L&H Trading Is Making Business Bright
Great L&H Trading, a discount sunglass and fashion eyewear manufacturer and wholesaler, began its business in China, but quickly expanded to the United States.
09/01/2011 - The Perfect Cart Experience
Ask any number of shoppers what elements would need to be present to create the perfect cart experience and likely there will be a variety of different answers.
09/01/2011 - Online Sales Maintain Double Digits
Three recent reports say that online retail sales are on the rise. According to MasterCard, ecommerce sales rose 15.2 percent annually in June, the eighth straight month of double-digit growth.
08/01/2011 - Good Videos Can Boost Web Business
Would you watch a video of two dull people talking in a studio for 30 minutes?
08/01/2011 - DPJ Wholesale's Global Perspective
Before John Dohm founded DPJ Wholesale, he spent a lot of time visiting the far-flung corners of the world.
08/01/2011 - Gift And Decor Wholesalers Adapt and Thrive
The gift and decor industry covers a wide range of merchandise, but some universal trends can be found when taking a closer look at the industry?s suppliers.
08/01/2011 - Clear Web Words Make Profits
For online wholesalers and retailers, creating a profitable B2B or B2C website isn't as simple as following the Field of Dreams instruction book, which suggests, "If you build it, they will come."
08/01/2011 - Web Sales Tax Fight Looms
For many years, online retailers have enjoyed the competitive advantage of avoiding state sales tax.
08/01/2011 - Banner Ad Boom
Online advertising is enjoying a banner year, and that presents opportunities for ecommerce merchants, say tech writers and pundits.
07/01/2011 - New Payment Frontiers: Smart Phones
With smartphone use growing in America, the technology exists for anyone to process a credit card when it comes time to check out a customer.
07/01/2011 - Footwear Suppliers Basic Styles And Tropical Sandals Are Hot
From sandals on the Fourth of July to toe socks at Christmas, footwear and hosiery are always in season.
07/01/2011 - Buy4Store Finds New Ways To Serve Retailers
While some wholesalers may do a single thing well, Buy4Store.com is continually refining new and multiple ways to provide profitable opportunities to its retailer buyers.
07/01/2011 - Steal Deal Inc. Fully Optimized For Search Engines
Mix a successful wholesale clothing business with a savvy INTERNET strategy, and expect explosive growth.
06/01/2011 - Building Ecommerce Business With Blogs Means Both Challenges And Rewards
Many ecommerce merchants depend on search result traffic to bring new customers to their INTERNET storefronts.
06/01/2011 - Leading Holiday Suppliers Offer Trend Advice For Seasonal Success
Just about every retail business gets a vital boost in the final months of the year, but for merchants who specialize in seasonal goods, there's no season like the holiday season.
06/01/2011 - Responding To Customer Needs, Toy Network Continues To Evolve
Responding to a changing marketplace, Toy Network LLC enjoys success as a nimble toy importer.
05/01/2011 - Add Video to Your Marketing To-do List
If you are looking to tackle a few projects on your marketing to-do list, participating in a video sharing site may help you with two scheduled items: social media and search engine optimization (SEO).
05/01/2011 - Fashion Wholesaler Thrives With Great Prices And Variety
EMart Wholesale has a simple and solid philosophy that is serving the company well in these troubled economic times.
05/01/2011 - eCommerce Social Media Marketing Done Right
Most people think of Facebook when they hear social media, and many retailers think Facebook is irrelevant to their business.
05/01/2011 - Online Merchants Go Wild
As the economy begins to turn a corner, a growing number of ecommerce fashion wholesalers are leaping to launch new companies, while established dealers report that business is picking up.
05/01/2011 - Killerbeads Offers Guaranteed Sales To Ecommerce Jewelers
With an 18-year-history of selling jewelry and incense, Killerbeads has a nose for what ecommerce merchants need.
04/27/2011 - WholesaleCentral.com Launches Wholesale Video Channel Featuring Wholesale Supplier Videos
Sumner Communications, a leading publisher of magazines, directories, and websites for the general merchandise trade, announces the launch of its wholesale videos channel.
04/07/2011 - WholesaleCentral.com Introduces First Ever Wholesale Product Directory
Today WholesaleCentral.com launched a first-of-its-kind digital wholesale product directory with the new Wholesale Product Marketplace. This innovative addition to thett INTERNET's leading wholesale website www.wholesalecentral.com.
04/01/2011 - Dropship Business Pushed To The Foreground
The INTERNET may have allowed a thousand ecommerce flowers to bloom, but wholesale dropshippers are the fertile soil from which many of those merchants have sprouted.
04/01/2011 - NationalGift.com Offers Complete Ecommerce Solutions
Many distributors start off as traditional wholesalers, stocking goods in warehouses and relying on field reps and faxes for orders.
04/01/2011 - Product Comparison Sites Let Retailers Reach Shoppers
As more and more shoppers go online, the chances are slim that any one potential customer even knows your web address, much less wants to shop specifically at your site.
03/01/2011 - Landing Pages Drive Conversion
Effective landing page design can drive ecommerce conversions, as every online retailer wants to convert browsing consumers into paying customers.
03/01/2011 - Hot-Selling History?
Even 150 years later, the Civil War has the power to move minds and hearts.
03/01/2011 - New Golf Game Pays Off
About six years ago, Nowicki was a sales rep with a love of golf. Now he's an entrepreneur, and owner of Horseshoe Golf Inc.
03/01/2011 - Fearless Halloween Forecast
For retailers looking to cash in on America's love of Halloween, there are no tricks, even in a down economy.
03/01/2011 - Planning Promotions
As important as it is to generating sales, I find that too many small- to medium-sized stores have not taken the time to plan out a promotional calendar for their businesses.
03/01/2011 - Online Retail Sales Rise 11 Percent
Ecommerce research firm comScore Inc. has released its fourth quarter 2010 U.S. retail ecommerce sales estimates.
02/01/2011 - Is Chat Dead or Live?
A big advantage that brick and mortar stores have over ecommerce sites boils down to a simple phrase, "May I help you?" When a customer looks confused in a brick and mortar store, a clerk can stop to offer personal assistance.
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.
01/01/2011 - Bright Future for Sunglasses
Discount sunglasses are a great item to source online, because the Web makes it easy to browse the thousands of styles out there.
01/01/2011 - SEO Sweet Sixteen
There are a number of ways to drive traffic to a website. Typically, a mix of various methods and channels works best to create a steady stream.
12/01/2010 - Online Fraud: Threat, Prevention, and Recovery
Anyone who buys or sells on the INTERNET may be vulnerable to online fraud.