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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.
09/01/2012 - Smack Talking Tees
Wayne Curtis, a Seminoles fan and graduate of Florida State University, dutifully despised the University of Florida Gators coach Steve Spurrier as the leader of FSU's rival SCHOOL's football team. Curtis decided to make a shirt that poked fun at Spurrier with a quote from Will Rogers. "I never met a man I didn't like," the front read, the back continuing with, "Will Rogers never met Steve Spurrier."
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.
06/01/2012 - MoH Innovates Online
Andrew Kitzenberg of Memory on Hand proves there are also fascinating startup stories in more behind-the-scenes venues like wholesale.
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.
02/01/2011 - Summit Road Launches New Site
A premiere wholesale distribution company is moving even more of its business online. Summit Road Distributing, selling a large assortment of products, dipped its toes in the ecommerce waters years ago with a site on WholesaleCentral.com.
11/01/2010 - Email Etiquette and Disclaimers
Observing the rules of email etiquette can be a quick and painless component of marketing your products or services to existing and prospective customers.
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.
08/01/2010 - Bottle Docker
Bottle Docker is a personal bottle beverage carrier, and although it may not be the first, it is one of the most innovative.
08/01/2010 - Christmas & Holiday Preview
Might the nation's cash registers be set jing-jing-jingling again this upcoming holiday season?
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.
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 - 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.
02/01/2010 - Online Shopping Boom Expected
The Internet looks to be poised to become an even bigger force than ever in the world of retail in 2010.
12/01/2009 - Colorful Hair Twirlz
NEW LEAF TRADING introduces Hair Twirlz, a novel and fun way of accessorizing hair with twists of color.
11/01/2009 - Souvenirs Update & Forecast
Souvenir companies have understandably been buffeted by the economic downturn in ways that many other businesses have not.
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.
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.
10/01/2009 - Jewelry and Watches for Holiday Profits
It's not just retailers who need a bright holiday season. Consumers do, too! After holding back on spending and getting by on basics, they are ready to celebrate with gifts that add some sparkle to the season.
10/01/2009 - Dress for Less - the New Normal
"Clothes make the man," goes the old saying, to which Mark Twain once waggishly added, "Naked people have little or no influence on society."
10/01/2009 - Comparing Comparison Sites
The use of price comparison services (also known as shopping comparison services or price engines) has exploded over the past few years, and even with overall sales down, research shows they're growing ever stronger.
09/01/2009 - OfficeMax Partners with Payless
Two heavyweight retailers in very different fields have partnered in a cross merchandising, back to SCHOOL promotion.
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.
08/01/2009 - New Book By Jonah White
The Billy-Bob Secret To Life, a motivational, inspirational, How-To-Achieve-It autobiography is hot off the press, written by the owner of the famous, Billy-Bob Teeth company.
08/01/2009 - 2moda For Great Value and Low Prices
The clearest example of 2moda's ability to pair quality materials with very low price points is that in the before-SCHOOL season, their largest segment of customers is charitable organizations.
07/01/2009 - Via Trading Live Auction Leader
In a business world full of buyouts, bailouts and bankruptcies, closeout wholesaler, Via Trading Corp., is a notable exception.
07/01/2009 - Rosetta Goes Retail
Rosetta Stone Inc., a language learning provider, has opened its first full scale retail outlet and is also expanding kiosks nationwide.
06/01/2009 - Opportunity Knocks For Home Furnishings and Housewares
The market for home furnishings and housewares has been affected just as deeply by the recession as any other sector
05/01/2009 - Web Merchants Win in Court
Several federal court cases within the past year have ruled in favor of online retailers who had been charged with violating privacy laws that restrict the use of credit card information.
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.
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 - Twisteez Wire
RABINOWITZ DESIGN WORKSHOP supplies Twisteez Wire, which was inspired by colorful telephone wire and modified by husband and wife art teachers in the 1960s.
03/01/2009 - Fashion Accessories Forecast
It's no secret that consumers are scrutinizing their purchases carefully. And while many may deny themselves whole new spring or summer wardrobes, the desire to spiff up for the seasons ahead is alive and well.
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 - Twisteez Crafts Profits
Twisteez is a product that invites creativity.
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.
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.
12/01/2008 - Tattoos Help Needy
TATTOOS WITH A PURPOSE are offered in seven different kits, each designed to provide help to people in need under different circumstances.
12/01/2008 - Bakugan Bandwagon
NOVELTY GIFT COMPANY is a source for Bakugan, the hit TV show that features battle brawler spheres that morph into monsters when rolled, and its accompanying trading card game.
11/01/2008 - Taking Kiosks Personally
Yes, personalized products are a hit with consumers, and putting a customer's name and message on an item on the spot helps draw crowds to a kiosk or cart and build sales.
11/01/2008 - Scrubs For Profits
As more and more people wear scrubs for work and play, Brymar Industries has helped retailers expand their business by adding this profitable category.
11/01/2008 - Internet Searching Soars
A new study highlights the importance of having a visible Internet presence.
11/01/2008 - 99¢ Only Stores Raise Prices
For the first time since its inception 26 years ago, 99¢ Only Stores is raising its top price to 99.99 cents, an increase of just under a penny. This keeps the chain of 277 stores in four states within the dollar store realm.
10/01/2008 - Fashion Accessories Galore
With the rise of eCommerce, there was much speculation that the segment of online clothing sales was doomed.
09/01/2008 - Web Shoppers Cut Store Buys
An increasing number of online buyers have reported that their web purchases have reduced their buying of similar items in retail stores, according to the 2008 Digital Future Project from the Center for the Digital Future.
09/01/2008 - Product Preview: Small Electronics & E-Games
Welcome to September, the time when the hunt for the hottest holiday electronics gifts starts to rev up.
09/01/2008 - JCPenney Adds Private Brand
JCPenney Company Inc. has launched a new private label furnishings brand, Dorm Life, aimed to strengthen its back to SCHOOL offerings, as well as its home categories.
09/01/2008 - Inflation Dilutes Rebate Impact
While acknowledging that the government's rebate checks intended to stimulate the economy have helped significantly.