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04/01/2013 - Keep Bugs at Bay
No one likes to have their personal space invaded by mosquitos, gnats, flies and no-see-ums, and consumers are looking for ways to safely protect themselves and their families from these annoying pests without the use of messy, and often toxic, bug sprays. Retailers who incorporate Bandz and Spotz, DEET-free, citronella-infused insect repellent products from Mosquitno, LLC, into their product offerings, can help consumers keep bugs away as well as enjoy the profits these impulse buys bring to their bottom lines.

03/01/2013 - Increasing Sales with CRM
Customer relationship management (CRM) is a top priority for many e-tailers this year, as customer expectations regarding the online experience are at an all time high. In order to contend in the ecommerce arena, some e-tailers are turning to service providers to gain an edge on the competition. Below is an overview of four providers and the products and services they offer to support online sellers.

01/01/2013 - Ecommerce in 2015
yStats.com and MarketLine, two data collection firms, have released their preliminary predictions, based on figures gathered from studies conducted from 2010 to the present, for ecommerce earnings through 2015. The world business-to-consumer ecommerce industry generated between $400 and $600 billion in 2010, according to the report. Based on the growth involved in reaching those numbers, the market is expected to generate between $700 and $950 billion in 2015.

01/01/2013 - Cyber Monday Shatters Mobile Records
Mobile commerce shopping increased more than 400 percent on Cyber Monday 2012, reports Unbound Commerce, a mobile experience architecture firm. The firm conducted a study which showed that the vast majority of visits made to ecommerce sites were from first time customers who had not previously opened an online account with the STORES where they shopped. Unbound Commerce's customers reported a 410 percent spike in revenue on Cyber Monday, as shoppers turned to tablets and phones for streamlined shopping trips.

10/01/2012 - The Best Apps for Your Business
The slew of promises that comes with many mobile apps approaches productivity from every angle. As business owners find themselves becoming more and more mobile, the curiosity surrounding these collectible tools makes a visit to an iTunes or Android STORE feel like the grown up version of a trip to the candy shop. Hundreds of thousands of apps are available for iPhone, iPad and Android, with more being added by the minute.

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.

10/01/2012 - New GENCO Website Brings Greater CONVENIENCE
GENCO Marketplace, one of America's largest merchandise liquidators, has launched a newly designed website to bring speed and CONVENIENCE to online wholesalers and retailers, enabling them to spend less time sourcing liquidation inventory and more time selling, GENCO announced.

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.

07/01/2012 - There's an App for That
Mobility changed communication. Freedom from wires and landlines, freedom from cables, cords and tangles has spread like wildfire in a culture that prizes speed and efficiency. The demand for mobility has affected the way we live and, in turn, the way customers shop. Text-ready thumbs are now interested in making purchases, placing orders online via cell phones and tablets.

05/01/2012 - Western Express For Western Success
The story behind Western Express, the leading wholesale company for cowboy hats, western shirts, belt buckles, and other buckaroo-styled clothing items, starts with a touch of show business.

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.

02/01/2012 - Pride Products
Pride Products has grown from modest beginnings into one of the largest distributors of general merchandise in the United States.

01/01/2012 - Air Play Fragrances
Air Play Fragrances launched in September of 2011, a line of four oil-based, all-purpose air fresheners, backed by hip-hop stars, Nelly and the St. Lunatics.

12/01/2011 - ThermoServ Beverageware
If you are currently drinking out of an insulated thermos, mug, or tumbler with your college or favorite brand's insignia on it, there is a really good chance ThermoServ made it.

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 - 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 - Dollar General Sells Online
In an attempt to be more competitive, discount retailer Dollar General has redesigned its website, www.dollargeneral.com, as a functional online STORE.

08/01/2011 - Ruby Imports Costume Jewelry Trends
When no one else was selling jewelry online, Ruby Imports' Sun Jung saw the potential for a growing market.

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.

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 - ASD Show July 31 - Aug 3
Celebrating a milestone of 50 years, ASD continues to bring national wholesale buyers and sellers together to create the most dynamic B2B merchandise marketplace in the industry.

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.

02/01/2011 - Summit Road Launches New Site
A premiere wholesale distribution company is moving even more of its business online. Summit Road Distributing, selling a large assortment of products, dipped its toes in the ecommerce waters years ago with a site on WholesaleCentral.com.

02/01/2011 - Puttin' on the Blitz at Mr. Checkout
Mr. Checkout Distributors, a large network of independent jobbers and wholesalers that sells products into 25,000 small retail STORES.

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 - 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.

12/01/2010 - Fragrance Sales Not Wafting Away
From perfume to incense to air fresheners, scented products continue to draw customers to retail checkouts, even in a stinky economy.

10/01/2010 - Quality Italian Air Fresheners
Car wash magnate Ira Feinberg has been an entrepreneur, inventor, and industry expert for close to 50 years.

08/01/2010 - Edible Puff Pop Pipe
In the case of the Puff Pop, a new edible candy that's also a functional smoking pipe, Smokeclear Inc. of Newark, New Jersey was able to take an already existing product, make some needed improvements, and turn it into something better.

05/01/2010 - Sweet Success With Candy Concepts
CandyConceptsInc.com is not just about candy. In fact, candy now accounts for a mere ten to 15 percent of the company's sales.

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

03/01/2010 - J & L Wholesale Tobacco Accessories & More
STORES that serve the smoker will not only find a rich array of tobacco and smoking accessories at Allentown, PA based J & L Wholesale Distributors, but also a potpourri of other products to boost sales and profits.

12/01/2009 - Shared SSL Certificates vs. Private
A big part of increasing conversion on an ecommerce site involves building trust and credibility with your customers.

10/01/2009 - Recession Proof Pet Products
In a downturn economy, people may not feel comfortable spending money on themselves, but at My Shopping Tree, they are finding that possibly for that very reason, sales of personalized pet products are way up.

10/01/2009 - Opinions Sway Youth
Younger shoppers are most influenced by online opinions, according to a study by Hill & Knowlton.

09/01/2009 - Small Biz Bullish
Significant numbers of U.S. small business owners exude optimism about the American economy, even amid today's many corporate bailouts and industry wide rescue plans, according to a new national study.

08/01/2009 - 2moda For Great Value and Low Prices
The clearest example of 2moda's ability to pair quality materials with very low price points is that in the before-school season, their largest segment of customers is charitable organizations.

07/01/2009 - Toys R Us Expands
Toys "R" Us Inc. has introduced "R" Market, a new dedicated shop in select Toys "R" Us STORES, that features an expanded assortment of consumables and commodities.

06/01/2009 - Simple Products: Simply Success
Six years ago, Simple Products exchanged complex product lines for a simpler philosophy.

06/01/2009 - Grab and Go Green
In these uncertain times, when retailers are not always sure what the latest trend or fad is for consumers to get excited about, one thing is certain; people need to eat and they love to snack.

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.

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 - SalesOne: Sharing Success With Retailers
One way to describe Mark Hollis, President of SalesOne International, LLC, is a visionary with an excellent sense of timing, who makes many decisions by instinct.

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).

01/01/2009 - Hot Liquidation Deals on Electric Scooters
Sasser Distributing, the only U.S. distributor for the electric HCF scooter, has announced a fantastic buying opportunity in these eco-conscious times.

01/01/2009 - Excess Holiday Inventory
With the holidays receding in the rearview mirror, retailers from all niches will need to send back pallets of excess merchandise inventory.

12/01/2008 - Shoptopia Merges Bricks and Clicks
Malls in Virginia and Nevada have launched a social shopping site to drive online shoppers to their local retailers.

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 - Ranking Buyer Satisfaction
Brick-and-mortar units outranked shopping websites when it comes to finding product information, according to the E-tailing Group's fourth annual crosschannel shopping study.

10/01/2008 - Safe, Cheap Batteries
EVERGREEN (C.P.) USA, INC. now offers the Player brand of extra heavy duty "green" batteries.

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