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10/14/2016 - Seattle Gift Show Kicks Off Winter 2017 Buying SEASON
The Seattle Gift Show promises to bring a versatile selection of products built around the Pacific Northwest lifestyle January 6-9, 2017

10/13/2016 - Winter 2017 Philadelphia Gift Show Highlights
The first gift show of the SEASON for Northeast retailers.

10/13/2016 - The Big Kahuna: Off SEASON Show for Coastal Souvenir Retailers and Resorts
The Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show from Urban Expositions, coming to Myrtle Beach, SC December 4-7, 2016.

02/01/2013 - Offprice On Top
Each year, trade shows are recognized for overall attendance, exceptional exhibit spaces and outstanding product offerings. In 2012, the OFFPRICE Show received a nomination as one of the fastest growing trade shows in terms of exhibit space and won for its overall growth in 2011, for a combination of the February and August shows. With 17 years under its belt, the OFFPRICE Show and its team of organizers have the attendee and exhibitor experiences down to a science, starting with the timing of the February show. "OFFPRICE in February is held during Las Vegas Fashion Week, which is a key component in the planning of the show," explains Stephen Krogulski, CEO. This strategic timing enables buyers to purchase goods as close as possible to upcoming SEASONs, while affording them the advantage of viewing future fashion trends in advance. "It allows retailers to make very opportunistic buys," he continues.

01/01/2013 - New Year, New eCommerce System
Many online retailers just completed a "hair on fire" end to the 2012 holiday shopping SEASON. Now that you can rest and take a four-hour vacation, it is time to start planning for 2013, and ensure that you have built your store on an ecommerce system worthy of your business. To see if your ecommerce platform passes the test, ask yourself the following questions:

01/01/2013 - Strength in eCommerce Sector
Retail ecommerce spending for the first 32 days of the November-December 2012 holiday shopping SEASON reached $21.4 billion, marking a 14 percent increase versus the corresponding period last year, according to Internet analytics company comScore.

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.

10/01/2012 - The Spirit of St Louis Wholesale
St. Louis Wholesale's owner and founder, Craig Pinkerton, has come a long way since his first wholesale purchase. Had he not taken an initial risk, St. Louis Wholesale would never have been created.

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 - The TOPS of the Game
Plush cupcakes, skull shaped coin banks and metallic balls are more than just fun and games at Toy Network LLC. Those products are the latest stock fueling the company's success.

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.

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.

08/01/2012 - Google Search Goes Shopping
Starting this fall, just when the retail holiday shopping SEASON is in full swing, Google will do away with its free Product Search platform in a move to a paid format called Google Shopping.

07/01/2012 - Innovative Toys Create Sales
Toys are always big sellers for independent retailers, whether for stocking shelves for the holidays or for year-round gifting occasions like birthdays. Marketers tend to agree that the more innovative the product, the greater the sales.

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.

06/01/2012 - Wholesalers See Big Holiday SEASON
It's that important time of year again, when independent retailers begin buying holiday SEASON products for their ecommerce warehouses and store shelves. What is going to be hot among Christmas and Hanukkah shoppers in 2012?

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.

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.

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

03/01/2012 - Fear, Fun & Profits This Halloween
For most holidays, consumers purchase decorations and merchandise that promote cheer or comfort such as bunnies for Easter, snowmen for Christmas, or a Thanksgiving cornucopia.

03/01/2012 - Support Local Online
Over the past few years, there have been numerous campaigns, such as Small Business Saturday and Shift Your Shopping, which encourage shoppers to buy products from local brick and mortars.

02/01/2012 - Handbag Wholesalers Fashion Forecast
A lot of product lines are relatively static, and what was popular 15 years ago is still the standard today.

02/01/2012 - Big Spending Tablet Users
According to Mashable.com, 20 percent of all mobile ecommerce sales currently come from tablets, nearly two thirds of tablet owners have purchased goods via their device, and more than 56 percent have downloaded shopping related applications.

12/01/2011 - Fragrant Smell of Success
Some products are always in demand, especially items used for setting a mood and holiday gift giving.

12/01/2011 - World Trading 23 Expands
Online toy wholesaler World Trading 23 has used the success of its strong and varied product line to expand into more independent retail and chain stores across the country, as well as retail locations of its own.

10/01/2011 - Grill Topper Leaves a Searing Impression at Retail
Imagine you and your pals work at a foundry. After spending your shift pouring molten metal and hauling heavy loads, you hang out with your friends from the plant.

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 - Online Sales Maintain Double Digits
Three recent reports say that online retail sales are on the rise. According to MasterCard, ecommerce sales rose 15.2 percent annually in June, the eighth straight month of double-digit growth.

07/01/2011 - Footwear Suppliers Basic Styles And Tropical Sandals Are Hot
From sandals on the Fourth of July to toe socks at Christmas, footwear and hosiery are always in SEASON.

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 - 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.

05/01/2011 - Fashion Wholesaler Thrives With Great Prices And Variety
EMart Wholesale has a simple and solid philosophy that is serving the company well in these troubled economic times.

03/01/2011 - Online Retail Sales Rise 11 Percent
Ecommerce research firm comScore Inc. has released its fourth quarter 2010 U.S. retail ecommerce sales estimates.

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 - 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.

01/01/2011 - E-Shoppers Love Free Shipping
Online consumers are looking for free shipping more than any other perk or enticement, according to a new survey conducted by Stamps.com.

12/01/2010 - Fragrance Sales Not Wafting Away
From perfume to incense to air fresheners, scented products continue to draw customers to retail checkouts, even in a stinky economy.

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.

11/01/2010 - Sporting Goods
Is there such a thing as an industry that's truly recession-proof?

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

11/01/2010 - Holiday Web Sales Uptick?
Coming off a summer that saw significant online sales growth, several forecasters are dreaming about the upcoming holiday SEASON.

10/01/2010 - Jewelry & Watches Rebound
Time may indeed heal all wounds, as the old saying goes, if the recent performance of the jewelry and watches segment of the economy is any indicator.

09/01/2010 - Gifts, Candles and Incense Trends
When it comes to the aromatic arts, giftware sellers are generally well stocked, and contrary to national economic news, well satisfied.

09/01/2010 - Giftbliss Succeeds With Snow To Go
Giftbliss Sales started up in 1993 as a manufacturers' rep group.

08/01/2010 - Christmas & Holiday Preview
Might the nation's cash registers be set jing-jing-jingling again this upcoming holiday SEASON?

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

06/01/2010 - Cracking the Code for Profits
The toy market has always been difficult to gauge. Ever changing fads, not to mention the luxury item status of many toys during tougher economic times

05/01/2010 - A Warming Trend in Apparel
"The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but of course society demands something more than this."

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