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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.

02/01/2013 - New and Improved Scribbleband
Dave Bullock, a middle school teacher, noticed that students have a few common characteristics. "They love to wear stuff on their wrists, they love to write on their hands and arms, and they love colorful things," he says. When Bullock pieced this all together, he created the Scribbleband, a soft silicone bracelet that is made to write on. It has become a skin friendly way to take notes, jot down homework assignments and doodle.

12/01/2012 - Mungi Bands are KID Magnets
Children love silicone bracelets, and Chad Anger's three daughters are no exception. The problem with bracelets on the market, however, came into view when Anger found them discarded in a drawer after hardly being worn. When Anger, now Mungi Bands president, developed his bracelets, his children were instantly drawn to the silicone designs with magnetic closures, and were pleading for more.

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 - Ecommerce Holiday Checklist
The holidays are quickly approaching and your business promos should have already begun. Keeping everything in check and making sure you leave no stone unturned can be a difficult task. To help you in that effort, here is a checklist of items you should consider while preparing for the holidays.

09/01/2012 - Wrap the Holidays in Fun, Flirty Accessories
Colorful, unique accessories make great holiday gifts, especially when they offer retailers outstanding profit margins. Some of the hottest new merchandise this season includes versatile hand cut scarves, shiny hair products and twinkling rhinestone jewelry, and jingle jangle hip scarves, all of which dress up anyone's bottom line.

07/01/2012 - Marketers React to Google Changes
Google recently upended the ecommerce marketing world with the announcement of upcoming changes to what will now be called Google Shopping. Many retailers and marketers we spoke with are positive about the switch. One might think taking a product from free to paid would cause an outcry, but for many it is an answer to long time concerns about control.

06/01/2012 - Robert Greenspan: Wholesale Legend
Robert E. Greenspan is one of the great American wholesale success stories of the last 40 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - 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.

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 - Pampered Princess Booms Online
Sharee Kowalski was a mom selling wholesale jewelry out of the trunk of her car 20 years ago.

08/01/2010 - The Party Animal Inc. Unveils Lil' Teammates
Party Animal Inc. has become the talk of the sports toy industry this year, thanks to a new line called Lil' Teammates.

07/01/2010 - A Walk Through the Footwear Industry
Some 18 months ago, the footwear industry was very much feeling the effects of the global economic crisis.

07/01/2010 - The Party Animal Unveils Lil' Teammates
The Party Animal Inc. is the talk of the sports toy industry this year,

06/01/2010 - Hot Bandz Bandwagon
A new KIDS' jewelry product has twanged and snapped its way into a genuine youth fad. Rubber band bracelets, known collectively as, "bandz," are the latest hot craze to pique the interest of the 12 and under set

05/01/2010 - Successful Email Marketing
Many people hearing the term, "email marketing," think of spam cluttering up their inboxes from unwanted (and, unknown) companies, or occasional notes about upcoming sales or coupons that may or may not be relevant to their lives and lifestyles.

11/01/2009 - Sweats & Thermals from K & C
K & C HOSIERY has added a line of hooded sweatshirts, cargo sweat pants, heavyweight thermal shirts and thermal suits for men and women.

11/01/2009 - Lifestage Predicts Web Shoppers
Income and age, often seen as predictors of how people utilize the Internet for shopping, may not be the best indicators of online shopping behavior.

11/01/2009 - Kiosks Spread Fun
Fun always attracts attention, especially if the source is something novel.

11/01/2009 - Global Linen
Truly global, this company supplies the full range of household linens, imported from China, India, Pakistan and Turkey.

10/01/2009 - PayPal for Teens
In time for the holidays and as KIDS go back to school, PayPal focuses on teen buying with a new student account.

09/01/2009 - OfficeMax Partners with Payless
Two heavyweight retailers in very different fields have partnered in a cross merchandising, back to school promotion.

09/01/2009 - Eco Friendly KIDS Line
HARR D. KOENIG & COMPANY INC. has become the exclusive U.S. distributor of, "eco-KID organics for KIDS," a line of 11 bath and body products especially formulated for children between the ages of three and 12.

08/01/2009 - Top Housewares Trends
Respecting Generational Divides, Living Within Our Means, the Live In Kitchen, the Green Kitchen, the Wellness Kitchen and Cooking for Fun are the most important trends at work in the consumer marketplace of the future.

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 - 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.

05/01/2009 - Versatile Lemonade Stand
CARDBOARDESIGN offers approximately 50 different products, including nine for KIDS, all made of recycled, recyclable cardboard.

05/01/2009 - Totem City & Totem Nature
HIP FROM HOLLAND introduces two different versions of Totem, which are a combination of jigsaw puzzles and building parts, from its KIDS on Roof brand of games and toys designed in Amsterdam.

05/01/2009 - Yackle Balls
TTALF TOYS has extended its line of Yackle Ball, the X shape aerodynamic toy that makes playing catch easy and fun, for people of all ages.

05/01/2009 - Animal Card Game
MATTER GROUP offers the Xeko series of trading card games that are designed to educate KIDS about animals and biodiversity.

04/01/2009 - Website Pays Shoppers
A new social product networking website allows shoppers to earn cash by recommending top products.

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.

03/01/2009 - Diverse Products Push Sales
Diverse products and categories can fill the bill for kiosk and cart vendors, as long as the items grab shoppers' attention. Two companies with products that could hardly be farther apart highlight the diverse possibilities.

02/01/2009 - Skechers Plans KIDS Clothes
Skechers USA, a maker of popular lifestyle footwear, has struck a licensing deal with the Adjmi Apparel Group for a line of children's clothing.

02/01/2009 - GPS Tracking from Valor System
The Valor System is a complete personal safety system that uses the latest in GPS, wireless communication technology and the Internet.

01/01/2009 - Top Line Fragrances
When FragranceNet.com began selling fragrances in 1997, it carried name brand and designer lines, not knock offs or look-alikes.

01/01/2009 - Color Me Flip Flops
FAP FOOTWEAR introduces Crayola Color Me Flip Flops, flip flops for children that come with three Crayola brand markers and have whimsical outlines that KIDS can color.

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.

10/01/2008 - Personalization Moves To Video
Personalization is a hot trend in all of retailing, and particularly successful in cart and kiosk programs. Consumers like to have things that are made just for them.

10/01/2008 - Excellent Costumes
DRESS UP AMERICA supplies costumes that are of superior quality in comparison with those generally sold just for the Halloween holiday.

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