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06/16/2016 - WholesaleCentral.com Debuts Interactive Trade Show Calendar
WholesaleCentral.com, the leading wholesale directory web site on the Internet, announces the launch of a fully interactive wholesale trade show calendar.
01/06/2015 - Independent Retailer Magazine Celebrates 25th Anniversary with 2015 Retail Forecast
Independent Retailer magazine, the leading trade publication for independent retail store owners, celebrates their 25th anniversary with a forward-looking 2015 Retail Outlook special issue.
10/01/2012 - A Whole Lot of Love
While romance is in the air year round, there is one special day set aside that celebrates lovers. That day is Valentine's Day, and nothing is more popular for amorous gift giving than greeting cards and merchandise that say "Love." This year, wholesalers are offering retailers merchandise that is both traditional and trendy, giving customers the opportunity to say the age-old "I love you" with a contemporary twist.
08/01/2012 - Impulse Gifts Grab Sales
It is easier than ever for retailers to stock up on gift and novelty merchandise in preparation for successful holiday sales. This is because online wholesalers not only stay on top of hot trends and have plenty of popular merchandise available, they also continue to invest in website functionality that enables buyers to quickly see what is new, peruse colorful catalogs, avail themselves of web specials, and place and track orders online.
08/01/2012 - Consumers Demand Simple Site Navigation and Reviews
A report from A.T. Kearney suggests that ecommerce vendors are seeing increased interest from consumers with the web becoming an avenue for
06/01/2012 - Wholesalers See Big Holiday Season
It's that important time of year again, when independent retailers begin buying holiday season products for their ecommerce warehouses and store shelves. What is going to be hot among Christmas and Hanukkah shoppers in 2012?
04/01/2012 - Back-to-School Online
While kids are currently counting down to the first day of summer vacation, retailers are already merchandising for the new school year, filling their stockrooms with the essentials and the forecasted must-haves.
03/01/2012 - Analyzing Google Analytics
When selling merchandise online, it is not enough to simply track sales.
03/01/2012 - Fear, Fun & Profits This Halloween
For most holidays, consumers purchase decorations and merchandise that promote cheer or comfort such as bunnies for Easter, snowmen for Christmas, or a Thanksgiving cornucopia.
01/01/2012 - Mother's Day Gifts
Every mother is different. Some moms love cute, sentimental gifts, while others prefer more practical items.
12/01/2011 - Fragrant Smell of Success
Some products are always in demand, especially items used for setting a mood and holiday gift giving.
09/01/2011 - Historical Parchment Replicas
People interested in the culture and events of the past, frequently visit battle sites, interactive exhibits and museum IMAX movies
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."
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.
09/01/2010 - E-BOOK Marketplace
The news on electronic BOOK wholesaling is a real page turner these days, and like any good mystery, there's no way to know how it's all going to turn out.
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 - Blogging for Business Success
Over the past several years, "blog" has become one of those commonplace terms with which everyone is familiar
06/01/2010 - Dropshipping 101
Simply put, dropshipping is selling something you don't own. While it may sound illegal, it's not.
05/01/2010 - A Warming Trend in Apparel
"The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but of course society demands something more than this."
05/01/2010 - Shopforbags.com Empowers Entrepreneurs
Buying from Shopforbags.com is an excellent way for store owners to stay ahead of their competition, because the company carries sought-after, trendy items not found anywhere else.
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 - Dealing with eBay Sellers
With many sellers these days doing business via eBay, manufacturers and wholesalers looking to establish business relationships are wary.
01/01/2010 - Higher Ranking For Fast Sites?
Businesses seeking that all important high Google ranking may soon find themselves having to streamline their websites in a big way, if they want to keep up with the changes Google may soon be putting in place.
01/01/2010 - Asia's Global Empire
"Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
11/01/2009 - Effective Email Marketing
A staple in any customer retention program is the ability to write emails that strengthen relationships, receive responses and prompt action.
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 - Comparing Comparison Sites
The use of price comparison services (also known as shopping comparison services or price engines) has exploded over the past few years, and even with overall sales down, research shows they're growing ever stronger.
09/01/2009 - SBA to Buy Loans
The Treasury Department has announced a $15 billion initiative designed to stimulate lending by the Small Business Administration by using funds from the federal bailout program to buy up SBA loans.
08/01/2009 - New BOOK By Jonah White
The Billy-Bob Secret To Life, a motivational, inspirational, How-To-Achieve-It autobiography is hot off the press, written by the owner of the famous, Billy-Bob Teeth company.
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 - Exploring Free Shipping Options
Since shoppers are interested in buying from retailers who offer free shipping, that service will only increase a merchant's online sales.
06/01/2009 - Western Style Expands
As the public's taste for western themed products increases, Western Express, a premier supplier of all things western, has added new designs to its existing inventory and also expanded to additional types of products.
06/01/2009 - Website Discounts Lux Home Goods
One Kings Lane makes its web debut as an invitation required, membership online shopping destination that offers deep discounts on designer home goods.
05/01/2009 - Tear Bottles
TIMELESS TRADITIONS revitalizes the Tear Bottle, a decorative glass bottle that dates back to Egypt and also appears in the bible.
05/01/2009 - Profit From Anchor Closings
Traffic and business in small shops can suffer if they're located near a large retailer that has closed its doors. There are strategies, however, that give smaller retailers opportunities.
05/01/2009 - Meet the GreeNees
A SHY DREAM introduces a family of six dolls, each patterned after an actual child's drawing.
04/01/2009 - Innovative Products at Silver Streak
Mike Mallon, CEO of Silver Streak Ind., knows how to help his customers move product.
03/01/2009 - Web Club Touts Deals
DealBundle.com, a worldwide online social shopping club, has been established by YippeeO LLC.
03/01/2009 - Store Survival Solutions
"This year, more than ever, retailers need to be at the top of their game," noted Pam Danziger, who is president of Unity Marketing, a retail consulting firm in Stevens, PA.
03/01/2009 - Icons for Easter
ICONEUM LLC is the source for more than 500 different religious items, and carries the full range of Catholic related products, except BOOKS and printed matter.
02/01/2009 - Words That Make Or Lose Money
During the recent holiday shopping season, I noticed many stores using terms that seemed to contradict their intended purpose (to generate sales).
02/01/2009 - Twisteez Crafts Profits
Twisteez is a product that invites creativity.
02/01/2009 - Survey: Independent retailers best at Christmas
According to a Christmas retailing survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, independent retailers fared better-relatively speaking-than chain stores during the 2008 holidays.
02/01/2009 - Due for a Makeover?
Makeovers have taken to television with great success. But the makeover business is not only booming on TV, it's permeating our image conscious society.
02/01/2009 - Cash Flow: Key to Survival
Insufficient cash flow jeopardizes any business any time.
01/01/2009 - Online Buyers Expand Spending
Big ticket items, such as home appliances, have been among the products to be least purchased online.
01/01/2009 - New Products or Tried and True?
Successful carts and kiosks stop traffic. That can be accomplished with unique products that passersby haven't seen anywhere else, or with items that add a new twist to enduring best selling concepts.