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01/01/2013 - Mobile Sales Drive Profits
Mobile payment apps are fast becoming a popular mode for web wholesalers and online retailers to generate more sales at offline venues, such as tradeshows and conventions. Various mobile payment platforms enable merchants to accept PayPal, cash, credit cards, invoice or checks, wherever they are, on the phone they already carry.
01/01/2013 - Fight Online Fraud
Nine out of ten online merchants may be vulnerable to credit card fraud, according to a survey by SignatureLink, an online SECURITY firm, and payment industry communicator CardNotPresent.com. The survey found that only ten percent of websites surveyed require shoppers to accept the terms and conditions of payment to the site via e-signature, vocal consent or a physical signature. Agreement to site terms and conditions along with data breaches are areas of focus for ecommerce businesses that process payments online.
12/01/2012 - eCommerce Musts for SEO Success
Online merchants who are serious about success must have a search engine optimization (SEO) strategy. In order for any ecommerce strategy to have SEO legs, there are important points to consider when picking your shopping cart platform. Optimizing your ecommerce site will help improve your search rankings on Google, Yahoo and Bing. Below are some features that your ecommerce software must provide for you to effectively sell your products online.
10/01/2012 - The Best Apps for Your Business
The slew of promises that comes with many mobile apps approaches productivity from every angle. As business owners find themselves becoming more and more mobile, the curiosity surrounding these collectible tools makes a visit to an iTunes or Android store feel like the grown up version of a trip to the candy shop. Hundreds of thousands of apps are available for iPhone, iPad and Android, with more being added by the minute.
09/01/2012 - Ecommerce Essentials to Grow Your Business
Efficient ecommerce platforms are a vital part of Internet wholesalers' and retailers' businesses. They provide a variety of tools that automate web based sales, such as creation and maintenance of product catalogs, shopping cart services, payment processing and order tracking.
06/01/2012 - Robert Greenspan: Wholesale Legend
Robert E. Greenspan is one of the great American wholesale success stories of the last 40 years.
05/01/2012 - Drop Shipping For Retail ROI
E-retail companies and mom and pop shops that want to make more money without the potential of overstock headaches need not look further than drop shipping.
04/01/2012 - Online Payment Trends
Online Payment Processing is an ever-changing industry.
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.
10/01/2011 - Google Universe: Tools To Build Your Business
For any retailer seeking low cost tools to boost the bottom line, the first place to look is Google.
10/01/2011 - Erply's New POS System Offers Six Compelling Strengths
Erply, an Estonian company, has created an innovative ecommerce solution for big box retailers as well as medium and small retailers.
09/01/2011 - The Perfect Cart Experience
Ask any number of shoppers what elements would need to be present to create the perfect cart experience and likely there will be a variety of different answers.
07/01/2011 - New Payment Frontiers: Smart Phones
With smartphone use growing in America, the technology exists for anyone to process a credit card when it comes time to check out a customer.
06/01/2011 - Responding To Customer Needs, Toy Network Continues To Evolve
Responding to a changing marketplace, Toy Network LLC enjoys success as a nimble toy importer.
06/01/2011 - Five Ways to Stop Cart Abandonment
Too often, ecommerce transactions are spoiled by abandoned shopping carts.
05/01/2011 - Online Merchants Go Wild
As the economy begins to turn a corner, a growing number of ecommerce fashion wholesalers are leaping to launch new companies, while established dealers report that business is picking up.
05/01/2011 - Web Expert Offers Selling Tips
Making ecommerce difficult for customers is a huge blunder for many online merchants.
04/01/2011 - Dropship Business Pushed To The Foreground
The Internet may have allowed a thousand ecommerce flowers to bloom, but wholesale dropshippers are the fertile soil from which many of those merchants have sprouted.
04/01/2011 - Using trust symbols on your website to drive more sales
There are many features your website must have in order to be successful online. Having a well-designed and attractive website is important, but it is not enough.
02/01/2011 - Five Reasons Why Shoppers Don't Buy
We know there are a number of factors that come into play when a consumer makes a buying decision, and we study them from head to toe in order to increase sales.
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.
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.
12/01/2010 - Online Fraud: Threat, Prevention, and Recovery
Anyone who buys or sells on the Internet may be vulnerable to online fraud.
09/09/2010 - Wholesale Central's New Data SECURITY Standards
WholesaleCentral.com, the top-ranked business-to-business directory for general merchandise buyers, distributors, importers and manufacturers, was recently certified PCI Compliant.
08/01/2010 - Creating a Sale Capturing Checkout Process
The checkout process is one of the most important parts of a successful ecommerce site.
06/01/2010 - Unlocking Ecommerce Software to Grow Your Business
It's one of the age-old dilemmas faced by business owners: You've got a terrific product or service to sell, but not a good means of selling it.
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
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.
01/01/2010 - Building Trust Online
Although a number of factors come into play when a customer makes a buying decision on the Internet, none is more important than trust.
12/01/2009 - Shared SSL Certificates vs. Private
A big part of increasing conversion on an ecommerce site involves building trust and credibility with your customers.
11/01/2009 - Optimizing Conversion
A majority of Internet retailers and other online businesses are failing to take advantage of analytics technology, in order to optimize website content to better convert online browsers to buyers, according to a recent study by Omniture Inc
11/01/2009 - Effective Email Marketing
A staple in any customer retention program is the ability to write emails that strengthen relationships, receive responses and prompt action.
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.
10/01/2009 - Fed Extends Loan Program
The Federal Reserve has extended a program intended to spur lending to consumers and small businesses, at lower rates.
09/01/2009 - No To Health Mandates & VAT
The National Retail Federation has urged Congressional committees working on healthcare reform to reject any form of employer mandate.
07/01/2009 - Hand Held Protection
PHAZZER.COM introduces The Phazzer, an electronic control self defense device that immobilizes an attacker.
05/01/2009 - Safe Kiosks and Profits From SECURITY
Securing a kiosk or cart against theft, especially during off hours, is an important consideration that can be addressed with an affordable closed circuit television system.
05/01/2009 - Postage From Your PC
Take three mechanical engineers from Stanford providing consulting services to the USPS Facilities department, expand their contributions to other areas, including mail operations...
04/01/2009 - Store Pickup Gains
Web shoppers and retailers alike are increasingly favoring in-store pickups, according to a recent study by Forrester Research Inc.
04/01/2009 - Stimulus Bill Falls Short
The government's economic stimulus plan doesn't include many provisions that directly benefit small businesses, according to economists.
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.
03/01/2009 - Decreasing Cart Abandonment
Moving customers through the checkout process effectively is a critical element toward closing any sale online.
02/01/2009 - Payroll Tax Holiday
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has called on Congress to pass a six month payroll tax holiday as part of any economic stimulus package.
02/01/2009 - Hackers Attack Retail Sites
Hacker attacks against retail sites soared in the last half of 2008, rising by 161 percent during the July to November period.
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.
02/01/2009 - Asias Got the Goods
"Made in China" is a tag that most American consumers are familiar with. Asia has long been a great source of merchandise, ranging from toys to electronics to jewelry, apparel and accessories.
12/01/2008 - E-Tail Marketplaces
Small and mid-sized online merchants who have not experimented with e-tail marketplaces are leaving money on the table.
11/01/2008 - Stop Shoplifting & Protect Your Store
Are shoplifters stealing your profits? According to The National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, "More than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year.
11/01/2008 - Global Supply Chain Safety
The Internet's positive impact on global supply chain management is undeniable.
10/01/2008 - Congress Eyes Hot Web Goods
A bill submitted in Congress would require operators of web auction sites to identify and review the operations of those suspected of selling high volumes of merchandise stolen from retail stores.