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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.
04/01/2012 - Flipo Group - Twenty Years of Innovation
Many people start a wholesale business for extra cash, or to try something new. For Jerry Phlippeau, it was a means for survival.
11/01/2011 - Flipping Over Burger Flippers
The Wildman Business Group, a third generation family owned business based in Warsaw, IN, knows how to adapt to an evolving business environment.
02/01/2011 - ASD Vegas Opens Feb. 27
The ASD Show returns to Las Vegas February 27 - March 2, attracting 40,000 to 50,000 attendees, with buyers from all over the U.S. and overseas.
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
01/01/2010 - Touch Lamps Honor MILITARY
LIFESTYLE LIGHTING includes ten different MILITARY and armed forces designs among its more than 200 styles of touch sensor table lamps.
07/01/2009 - Handy Clam Pack Opener
CSB COMMODITIES INC. is the exclusive licensed supplier of The ZipIt, a device designed to quickly and easily open hard plastic clam shell packages.
06/01/2009 - Picking Kiosk Product Winners
While good salesmanship and dedication are essential ingredients to success with kiosks and carts, selecting the right product is critical to attracting attention and making sales.
06/01/2009 - A Storied Lincoln Commemorative
THE AMERICANA COMMEMORATIVE COMPANY has introduced The Lincoln Penny Tin, containing, "MonuMints," along with a printed insert that recounts the little known story of the original Lincoln Penny's history.
04/01/2009 - Framing Kiosks for Success
Two suppliers of products for kiosks and carts frame their programs (literally) for attracting attention and generating sales. They are Roseys Unique Products in Monroe, NC and Specialty Retail Sales, based in Rio Rancho, NM.
03/01/2009 - Small Sizes Equal Big Profits
The definition of Minimus is: a) a company that has increased in size very quickly and efficiently, b) an item of the smallest size, c) a large selection of individually sized items, d) all of the above.
02/01/2009 - CSB and the Ex Factor
As CSB Commodities celebrates its 35th anniversary, it is also applauding a whole new line of unique products based on its groundbreaking, "The Ex," a knife holder in the shape of a human form.
11/01/2008 - CSB Offers Sizzling Housewares
Over three decades, Bob Schmeizer, joined later by his son, Scott, built CSB Commodities Inc. into a prosperous wholesaler of housewares.
09/01/2008 - Sticker Empire
Abe and Beverly Glaser started Sticker Shok about 18 years ago in order to create and supply humorous bumper stickers, and it has grown into something of a sticker empire.
08/01/2008 - Pens Carry Messages
RIGHT THOUGHT PENS from The Greeting Pen Company don't just write messages, they carry messages on their sides.
07/01/2008 - Growing Creatures
SAY WHAT ENTERPRISES INC. offers Grow-ems, animated characters and creatures that are about two inches tall and grow to six times that size after soaking in water for a couple of days.
06/01/2008 - Year Round Kiosk Sales
While kiosk and cart vendors, like all retailers, rank the fourth quarter holiday season as their best time of year, certain kiosk programs can offer exceptions
05/01/2008 - Patches of Honor
IRWIN SALES has added the, "Defenders of Freedom," iron-on patch to the company's line of about 2,500 different designs.
05/01/2008 - Jewelry Honors Heroes
NINA CUSAMELLI LLC has introduced the Heroes Cross collection of sterling silver necklaces and pins that depict heroes, which on most of the designs, emanate from a central circle to form a cross.
02/01/2008 - Largest ASD Vegas Show
More than 3,100 top exhibitors from around the world will gather in Las Vegas March 2 through 5 for the 2008 ASD/AMD Trade Shows
11/01/2007 - Sticker Shoppe
The Line: Sticker Shoppe offers a wide range of stickers, bumper stickers, magnets, buttons and lapel pins, all with a huge and expanding number of sayings and images.
10/01/2007 - Sports Watches From Game Time
GAME TIME offers a comprehensive collection of watches, carrying a nearly inexhaustible selection of sports team logos, along with models depicting MILITARY mascots.
10/01/2007 - Fashion Accessories: Never Out Of Season
The leading sales category for the past two holiday seasons has been Apparel & Clothing, which saw double digit growth, year over year.
08/01/2007 - Dress Up America Expands Costume Line
Dress Up America, Inc. has extended its line of high quality, affordable costumes, from an initial 35 designs to more than 100.
08/01/2007 - Army Navy Expo
A brand new show, the Army Navy MILITARY Expo, will make its debut at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, August 12-14.
07/01/2007 - Free Seminars at August Merchandise
ASD/AMD is offering Complimentary Seminars with registration for the August 12-16, 2007 ASD/AMD Trade Shows in Las Vegas.
05/01/2007 - Dollar Signs on Ice
ICE CUBES INC. adds dollar sign ice cube trays to its existing line of trays carrying each of the U.S. MILITARY service emblems. Each tray measures approximately five by 11 inches and contains 12 "cube" indentations.
04/01/2007 - Small Wholesalers' Marketing Tips
The inventory is all set and the website is complete, so all that is left is to flip the switch and go live.
03/01/2007 - Avoiding Global Fraud
When Matt Alper launched Copshoes.com from his living room in San Antonio, Texas, he had no idea that his line of shoes and boots for police, firemen and security personnel would have such a huge market appeal.