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03/20/2015 - Annual Toy Fair Once Again a Success
Visitors from all over the world came together to network, buy and display the latest in toys, games and youth entertainment products.
06/01/2012 - WALMART Dives Into Social ECommerce
WALMART recently launched its first social gifting platform, Shopycat, a Facebook application that suggests gifts for friends based on their Facebook use.
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 - Clash of the Retail Titans
There was once a time when WALMART and Amazon grew simultaneously, serving different demographics and merchandising needs.
03/01/2012 - WALMARTs Online Innovations
WALMART named Neil Ashe, former CEO of CNET and president of CBS Interactive, as the new president and CEO of its global ecommerce business, effective immediately.
11/01/2011 - Going Global
Recent news reports indicate that the international ecommerce marketplace is not only growing, but playing a larger role in the U.S. market.
10/01/2011 - Online Sales Rise
There is currently a need for brick and mortar sales in this economy, but there is some good news for ecommerce merchants.
03/01/2011 - Fearless Halloween Forecast
For retailers looking to cash in on America's love of Halloween, there are no tricks, even in a down economy.
01/01/2011 - Exit Sales Tackles Fishing Gear Online
Over the course of a long and busy professional life, Bobby Fowler has come full circle.
12/01/2010 - World Trading 23 Upgrades For Growth
World Trading 23, an online specialty toy wholesaler, has embarked on an ambitious program of upgrades and enhancements.
12/01/2010 - Social Media Coupon Craze
The latest rage in online coupons is blending retail offers with social media.
02/01/2010 - Retail 2010: Strategy for Success
I believe that 2010 will be a landmark year for retail. The first quarter is definitely going to be tough, and I think it is probable that some retailers will run out of gas and close their doors.
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.
02/01/2010 - Knockout Adds Personality & Profits
Just a few short years ago, Pamela Slaughter of Knockout Decals had to educate potential buyers as to what exactly a hitch cover was.
11/01/2009 - Toys R Us Opens Pop Ups
Toys 'R' Us Inc. has announced it will set up 350 temporary stores and toy boutiques during the holiday season.
11/01/2009 - Knowing Your Market Share Will Set You Free
Do you know your market share? It isn't hard to figure out.
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."
09/01/2009 - Dollar Stores Thrive
At a time when many retailers are watching sales drop and closing stores or cutting back on expansion plans, the nation's largest dollar store chains are reporting sales gains.
07/01/2009 - Exploring Free Shipping Options
Since shoppers are interested in buying from retailers who offer free shipping, that service will only increase a merchant's online sales.
07/01/2009 - Barber and Company For the Love of T-shirts
In a T-shirt filled America, Barber & Company is not merely just another provider.
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.
02/01/2009 - Beating the Giant Chains
It is a challenging economic climate for retailers big and small.
12/01/2008 - Sales Tips for Indy Retailers
The retail environment is now especially challenging for the small, independent retailer who is not only faced with penny pinching consumers, but also with giant retailers slashing prices.
12/01/2008 - In-Store Pickup Improves
Shoppers who order online for in-store pickup are more likely to find the item ready and waiting when they arrive at the store this year.
12/01/2008 - High-Flying Sales at HobbyTron.com
HobbyTron.com was founded more than eight years ago as a niche retail provider for enthusiasts of electronic kits.
11/01/2008 - Designers Move from Class to Mass
Such high fashion designers as Vera Wang and Stella McCartney are among those shifting to lower priced lines, in order to gain wider recognition across a broader customer base.
11/01/2008 - Assessing a Store Location
Location is of critical importance to a retailer. Deciding where to place a new store or move a current one requires a lot of study and thought.
10/01/2008 - WALMART Goes Tailgating
WALMART has completely transformed more than 1,700 of its garden centers into, "Game Time Headquarters," areas that have been customized for supporters of local college or professional football teams.
10/01/2008 - Marketing on a Shoestring
When it comes to achieving a level of visibility and name recognition that's on par with their chain store rivals, most independent retailers face pretty stiff odds.
10/01/2008 - Custom Marketing From Buy Wise
BUY WISE has introduced a custom, personalized Relationship Marketing software program for everyone, including retailers, that enables them to stay in touch with customers, friends, and prospects frequently, easily, and personally.
10/01/2008 - Alliance Expands Prepaid Cards
A new relationship between Citi, which is the world's largest provider of credit cards, and Green Dot Corporation, which supplies retail based financial products and services, will expand the retail distribution of prepaid debit and gift cards.
09/01/2008 - Wal-Mart Updates Logo
Already one of the more straightforward logos in the retail world, and certainly one of the best recognized worldwide, the Wal-Mart Stores' logo is getting a makeover.
03/01/2008 - Wal-Mart Food Fight
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is making deeper inroads into the grocery arena with a particular aim at competing against newcomer, Tesco PLC.