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02/01/2013 - Pain Relieving Massagers Provide Soothing Profits
Healthmate International recently introduced updated models of its Plus-6IS, Plus-6AB, Pro-8IS and Pro-8AB HealthmateForever portable, hands-free massagers. The HealthmateForever units combine Chinese acupuncture with deep tissue massage sensations to effectively relieve tension and severe discomfort without DRUGS or side effects.
11/01/2012 - Marketplace Fairness Flack
Internet retailers have enjoyed exemption from the requirement to collect sales taxes since 1992, when the U.S. Supreme Court passed a ruling closing the case of Quill Corporation v. North Dakota, at which point it was decided that, in states where online retailers have no brick and mortar presence, or nexus, they were not required to collect sales tax.
02/01/2011 - Toy and Game Forecast
From radio band helicopters to rubber band bracelets, it is not easy to figure out the next hot toy.
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 - Big Lots For Small Retailers
Justin Starnes, general manager of Eagle Eye Wholesalers, is still young but possesses more experience than many retail veterans.
08/01/2010 - Latest wholesale data show big year-over-year boost
Sales of goods at the wholesale level held steady over the last month but rose substantially over the year, according to the most recent data from the Census Bureau.
10/01/2009 - Tips for Discounting
In addition to eroding profits, discounting can wreck a retailer's brand value.
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.
06/01/2009 - Winning Sports Souvenirs
Thanks to Prizes!, sports fans throughout the U.S. have a means of showing their undying devotion to their favorite teams.
06/01/2009 - Wholesalers Expand Online Offerings
Internet wholesale suppliers large and small are enhancing their online marketing and sales strategies to help their retailer customers get more bang for the buck.
04/01/2009 - Fun For Kids From Peabodys
The card kits sold by Peabody's Toys That Teach Inc., are a product waiting to explode.
10/01/2008 - Soothes Sore Spots
HI-DOW INTERNATIONAL introduces two series of massage products: Massage Mouse; Massage Mouse II, which is an upgraded model, and Massage XP, which was designed as a model for professionals, but can also be used by consumers.
09/01/2008 - Wal-Mart Updates Logo
Already one of the more straightforward logos in the retail world, and certainly one of the best recognized worldwide, the Wal-Mart Stores' logo is getting a makeover.
09/01/2008 - Back to School Trends
One fifth of parents nationwide have set aside a portion of their stimulus check for back to school purchases
08/01/2008 - Long Waits Harm Retailers
One in ten shoppers will leave a checkout line if the wait is too long.
08/01/2008 - Footwear & Apparel Forecast
Few categories can match the Footwear & Apparel niches when it comes to cultivating revenue from August through December. From Back-to-School to Christmas, consumers are buying shoes and clothes for school, work and gifting occasions.
04/01/2008 - Shine With Bright Products
Good times or bad, people respond to products and services that give them a personal and psychological boost.
04/01/2008 - Redbox Expands In Walgreen's
Redbox, a DVD rental kiosk company based in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, has struck a deal to expand to approximately 2,000 Walgreen's DRUG stores
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 - Style & Service Drive Sales At Pacific Link
Years ago, Ron Bryan was managing a mall cart kiosk business in the Atlanta, GA area, when Pacific Link Sunglasses General Manager, David Rice, approached him about joining his company.
03/01/2008 - Customer Is King At Amglo
Amglo Inc., located on the web at www.amgloinc.net, is a direct importer and wholesaler of an all encompassing selection of seasonal merchandise.
02/01/2008 - Toy Wonders: Titans of Toys
Toy Wonders, the family owned and operated company, began in Taiwan four generations ago as a toy exporting business.
01/01/2008 - Time for Updated Fixtures?
As a storeowner, how do you know when it is time to invest in updated fixtures?
11/01/2007 - Novelties & Souvenirs On Hot Streak
Sales for novelties and souvenirs never seem to go out of style, especially as we head down the homestretch to the holiday season.
11/01/2007 - Master of More Than Price
Twenty years ago, PriceMaster, a wholesale distributor in Woodside, NY, wholesaled about 1,000 different products throughout the tri-state area from a warehouse of a few thousand square feet.
10/01/2007 - Stores Within Stores
Whether multiple retailers join forces in one location, or one retailer segregates a department into a boutique, the store within a store concept proliferates.
09/01/2007 - Back to School Update
Spending on back to school merchandise this fall is expected to average $563.49, up 6.9 percent from last year's average of $527.08.
07/01/2007 - Savvy Retailers Seek Hot Holiday Products
It is coming up fast: that time of year when the jingle of sleigh bells equals the jingle of change in the registers of savvy retailers.
06/01/2007 - AmEx Expands Gift Cards
Targeting the increasing consumer demand for gift cards throughout the year, American Express announced the launch of three new special occasion gift cards.
05/01/2007 - Fashionable Storage
YAZZII INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD. brings its extensive line of multifunctional fabric organizer and storage systems to the U.S.
04/01/2007 - Skin Care Market Booms
Promises of diminished lines, a smoother, younger looking healthful glow and a clearer complexion are paying off big for the skin care market.
04/01/2007 - Google Premieres Checkout
Google unveiled a series of aggressive money saving promotions over the past few months, intended to hasten the adoption of its new Google Checkout feature among online retailers and consumers.
04/01/2007 - Buyers Happy As Spending Grows
American consumers are a happy lot, and that bodes well for retailers this year. The University of Michigan's latest customer satisfaction index suggests spending will grow as much a 4.1 percent this quarter.
03/01/2007 - Cosmetics Sales Up
The cosmetics and toiletries market climbed four percent in 2006. Consumers are not only buying more of these products, they are also going for more upscale units.
02/01/2007 - Walgreens Adds Jewelry & More
Walgreens, the nation's largest DRUGStore chain, is reaching well beyond traditional DRUG store products with the addition of fashion jewelry, apparel and other lifestyle products.
02/01/2007 - Nostalgic Art Signs
FAB VALS INC. carries more than 100 different designs of old advertising posters, offered in heavy gauge steel signs.