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04/01/2013 - Order Fulfillment
In a retail environment where customer loyalty is increasingly rare and customer expectations are higher than ever, merchants should be constantly searching for ways to improve the way they do business. For a retailer or wholesaler who sells online, the struggle to provide excellent value and an ideal customer experience without a physical presence can be difficult. The key to a successful ecommerce channel ultimately hinges on one important area-the warehouse.

04/01/2013 - Guide to Product Listing Ads
Google Product Listing Ads are a type of advertising that follows the pay-per-click (PPC) model. This kind of promotion, however, presents a greater opportunity than a typical text-only ad, which was long the cornerstone of PPC advertising. With Product Listing Ads, businesses can include rich product details, including merchant name, product images, product name, price and message

03/01/2013 - SEO: Make Your Website Work
Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most important, and elusive, elements of an ecommerce website. It is important because of the impact organic search traffic can have on ROI, and it is elusive because search engines are always changing the rules. Still, there are a few core SEO principles that Google and other search engines recommend which should play an integral part in your online strategy.

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.

12/01/2012 - DVA Wholesales Diverse Goods
DVA, Inc. formed in 1987 as a seller of store-opening inventories working with Blockbuster franchises. By 1998, the company began moving large quantities of DVDs on eBay, and from that point on the firm was sold on buying and selling inventory online. Four years ago, DVA adapted to the ever-changing media industry by diversifying its inventory to include electronics, housewares and automotive products. The company has made a number of upgrades recently, as it works to maintain a top position in the media industry.

12/01/2012 - Gifts with Presence
Kheops International is a business propelled by genuine passion for the company's products. Nestled in the rural North Country of New Hampshire, the company dedicates itself to meaningful items that are off the beaten path in terms of design and function, and are intended to inspire end customers with their high quality and unusual characteristics.

12/01/2012 - Free Shipping Builds Profits
With 2012 winding down it is time to finalize plans for next year, and online sellers must not overlook the vital role that shipping plays in driving sales online. At some point during the buying cycle all shoppers ask, "How much does shipping cost?" and "How fast is the item shipped?" The answers to these questions play an important role in buying decisions, especially when all other comparison FACTORS are consistent.

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.

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.

09/01/2012 - Shipping is Key to Shopping Carts
UPS recently commissioned a study to pinpoint key details regarding shipping and online purchases useful in preventing online shopping cart abandonment. With cart abandonment rates soaring around 70 percent, businesses with online stores can benefit from the information uncovered by comScore, Inc., the company commissioned to perform the study.

08/01/2012 - Broadcast Your Brand with Video Marketing
Video marketing is a way to promote your products and services through the use of video, either online, on DVD, at tradeshows or via other systems. It is an opportunity for you to put your face and voice out there with the rest of your marketing messages.

07/01/2012 - Using Social Media to Grow Business
Most small business owners know that social media is an important part of their online strategy, but may not know where to start or have the time to learn. Others may not believe that social media is important at all. The truth is that social media is critical to the success of any business.

07/01/2012 - Peer-to-Peer Reviews
When it comes to making a buying decision, nothing can be more important in closing the sale than customer reviews. A form of social proof, non-biased peer-to-peer reviews are just as good as getting a referral for a product from a friend. "What online tool most influenced your purchase decision?" The number one answer was product ratings and reviews.

06/01/2012 - Email Marketing: 4 Success FACTORS
Email marketing is a critical component to building any business. Being at the forefront of your customers?, and potential customers? minds, and those of your potential customers, plays a vital role in generating sales.

05/01/2012 - Kole's Wholesale Buying Tips
With over 25 years' experience, Kole Imports knows the preferences of today's frugal retailers, and their equally cost-conscious customers.

04/01/2012 - Online Payment Trends
Online Payment Processing is an ever-changing industry.

03/01/2012 - Analyzing Google Analytics
When selling merchandise online, it is not enough to simply track sales.

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.

12/01/2011 - The Truth About Traffic
In the last issue, I outlined some important thinking that makes up basic foundational elements of a successful ecommerce business.

11/01/2011 - Profits & Pitfalls of Global eCommerce
The old adage, "Think global, act local," is increasingly obsolete.

11/01/2011 - Best Approach for Online Sales
One of my primary jobs as an ecommerce consultant is to help businesses increase conversion and website sales.

11/01/2011 - Cart Abandonment?
A study revealed, shoppers frustration with the amount of shipping costs and a desire to comparison shop for a lower price.

11/01/2011 - More Buying at Lower Price Points
While more shoppers are buying online and total U.S. sales are up, the average sale per transaction continues to decrease.

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.

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 - Made In America
Tommy Evans, president and CEO of Alabama Wholesale Socks, has a vision for the future that includes American products in American homes.

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 - Rising Gas Prices Thwart eCommerce
Conventional wisdom holds that as gas prices rise, more consumers will shop from home rather than drive to brick and mortar stores.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

11/01/2010 - Ecommerce Holiday Checklist
The holidays are quickly approaching, and retailers should already be pushing promos geared to these dates.

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.

10/01/2010 - Turning Web Shoppers into Buyers
Many online store owners have the impression that all they have to do is attract more traffic and sales rise.

09/01/2010 - Improving Quality Scores
If you are managing any form of advertising, getting the biggest bang for your buck should be at the top of your mind.

09/01/2010 - Free Shipping Crucial For Web Orders
An overwhelming 99 percent of small companies surveyed say that free shipping is an important FACTOR in deciding on an online supplier, according to a recent poll commissioned by Staples.

07/01/2010 - Profits From Abandoned Carts
Every ecommerce shopping cart that does not get pushed to checkout is a lost sale.

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 - Home Furnishings & Housewares On Roll
The home furnishings and housewares segment of consumer goods has come through the economic downturn with mostly flying colors, according to both U.S. government statistics and purveyors of goods in the category

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.

04/01/2010 - Trendy Fashion Fun at Doki Geki
For stores that cater to the junior market and rely on suppliers of hot, trendy, and cost effective items, DokiGeki.com is the place to buy.

04/01/2010 - Ten Best Shipping Practices
It's no secret: Shipping is one of the most essential FACTORS in closing ecommerce sales.

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

01/01/2010 - MK Brings Good Life to Water
The Good Life Gear product line from MK Distributors Inc. includes stainless steel water bottles with clever twists that make using them much more fun and functional than similar products.

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.

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