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10/14/2016 - WINDY CITY GIFT SHOW: Winter 2017 Edition
The Winter 2017 Windy City Gift Show in January 2017 will be a one-stop shop for retailers looking for unique designs, breaking trends and new resources.
03/01/2013 - A Message from the CEO
This year marks our 25th anniversary serving the wholesale and retail merchandise industry, and I want to thank you for choosing us to help you grow your business. It is an honor to bring you the news, business insights and, most importantly, new product information you need to succeed. Throughout the years, our motto has been to under promise and over deliver, and we are dedicated to connecting reputable wholesalers with the most active buying audience across all venues.
02/01/2013 - Master Cutlery with Top Notch Knives
Master Cutlery was founded 30 years ago when Jackie Lee's parents established one of the first American companies to source knives from their native China. "My father saw a great opportunity, and he forged relationships with manufacturers who were able to get him these products," she explains. "The company has grown every year since its launch." The firm currently operates out of a 100,000 square foot facility in Secaucus, NJ, where Lee is VP of operations.
01/16/2013 - GoliathFalls.com Launches, Supercharges the Buy Local Movement
New site is dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses nationwide.
11/01/2012 - Inside Quick Response - QR Codes
Quick Response (QR) codes originated in Japan under Denso Corporation, a Toyota Motor Corporation subsidiary, and were intended to hasten the code reading process, while at the same time allowing for more data to be captured in a single scan. Their efficiency was harnessed to help track vehicle parts during the manufacturing process, but has now spread across every industry as a savvy square for sharp consumers.
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.
02/01/2011 - Treat Credit Data With Care
Retailers rely on credit cards like RESTAURANTS rely on plates, but the danger of broken plates is nothing compared to the danger of lost or stolen credit card information.
11/01/2010 - Alligator Heads For Smiles & Profits
You never know where a hobby like fossil collecting might lead you. Just ask Robert McDade, CEO and founder of Natural Selections Inc., who started collecting fossils and minerals as a hobby.
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.
07/01/2010 - Blogging for Business Success
Over the past several years, "blog" has become one of those commonplace terms with which everyone is familiar
05/01/2010 - Electronic Cigarettes
Thanks to Mike's Worldwide Imports, you are now free to smoke when you want.
04/01/2010 - MAD By Design's Vietnamese Handbags
Doug Stein operated RESTAURANTS and night clubs in Asia for many years, and anyone who has ever been involved in that business know that it is exhausting.
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
10/01/2009 - Renegotiating Leases
In the face of continuing economic conditions, powerful national retailers and RESTAURANT corporations are actively and aggressively renegotiating their leases with their landlords.
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 - Social Network Boosts Local Retail
The social networking site MySpace.com has joined forces with online guidebook Citysearch.com to launch MySpace Local.
04/01/2009 - New Show at Meadowlands
American Variety Merchandise Expo, a new, all wholesale general and variety merchandise trade show, debuts May 31 through June 2 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ.
03/01/2009 - Consumers Set Priorities
While the economy is forcing many consumers to make sacrifices in order to save a few bucks, a handful of must-have expenditures remain on the list.
02/01/2009 - NRF Seeks Tax Holidays
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has asked President Obama to incorporate a series of national sales tax holidays into the upcoming economic stimulus legislation.
12/01/2008 - eCards Add Gifts
Gifts.com, an online gift recommendation site, has partnered with AG Interactive, the online division of American Greetings.
11/01/2008 - Norton Show Nov. 15th
The Norton Shows' largest event of the year will take place November 15-17 at the Sevierville Events Center in Sevierville, TN.
09/01/2008 - Promiscuous Purchasers
People between the ages of 40 and 59 represent the prime adult demographic that is making the majority of household spending decisions, according to a recent study.
09/01/2008 - Inflation Dilutes Rebate Impact
While acknowledging that the government's rebate checks intended to stimulate the economy have helped significantly.
09/01/2008 - Gifts & Housewares Spell Holiday Sales
New product introductions provide impulse attention to gift and housewares categories. It is carefully selected price points, however, that make it easy for consumers to buy on impulse with accessible cash.
08/01/2008 - Broadband Ramps Up
Two separate studies show that broadband is having an increasingly positive impact on Internet sales.
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 - Rebates Reward Retailers
Businesses will be directly helped by the new economic stimulus legislation passed by Congress. But small businesses in general, and retailers in particular, may get the biggest lift from consumers spending their tax rebates.
02/01/2008 - Pain Eliminating Products
After 15 years of working in the RESTAURANT industry, Mandy Chun Wah Or developed foot pain, a common occupational hazard
02/01/2008 - Mobile Marketing Rises
Although just five percent of US mobile phone users have participated in mobile marketing programs, 25 percent show interest in participation.
12/01/2007 - What Do Buyers Want?
In a world crowded with counterfeits, shoppers are drawn to the authentic, a characteristic that retailers must learn to earn.
10/01/2007 - Retailers Facing Fines
Retailers who do not protect their customers' credit card data could face fines.
09/01/2007 - Orbitz Biz Site
Orbitz Worldwide, the online travel service, has expanded its Orbitz for Business managed booking tool for small business with a new self managed travel site.
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 - Union Bill Riles Retailers
As a bill that would significantly ease union member recruitment moves to the Senate, retail and business associations' opposition is growing.
05/01/2007 - Heavenly Body Offers Bulk For Big Savings
Sir Markadoo, the owner of Heavenly Body Products, is shifting a portion of his business to large bulk shipments that give resellers the opportunity for significant markups.
01/01/2007 - Mobile Hot Meals
UB2B. INC. introduces a revolutionary new way to provide hot, tasty meals anywhere any time. Each meal comes in a small, 10 by 4.5 by 3 inch cardboard box that contains a proprietary, advanced technology heating device, developed in Switzerland.