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04/01/2013 - Order Fulfillment
In a RETAIL environment where customer loyalty is increasingly rare and customer expectations are higher than ever, merchants should be constantly searching for ways to improve the way they do business. For a RETAILer or wholesaler who sells online, the struggle to provide excellent value and an ideal customer experience without a physical presence can be difficult. The key to a successful ECOMMERCE channel ultimately hinges on one important area-the warehouse.

04/01/2013 - U.S. ECOMMERCE Sales to Hit $370B by 2017
Driven by the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, ECOMMERCE sales in the U.S. are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of ten percent in the next five years, according to a new report, "U.S. Online RETAIL Forecast, 2012 To 2017," from Forrester Research. Forrester predicts U.S. online RETAIL sales will reach $262 billion in 2013

03/01/2013 - Increasing Sales with CRM
Customer relationship management (CRM) is a top priority for many e-tailers this year, as customer expectations regarding the online experience are at an all time high. In order to contend in the ECOMMERCE arena, some e-tailers are turning to service providers to gain an edge on the competition. Below is an overview of four providers and the products and services they offer to support online sellers.

01/01/2013 - ECOMMERCE in 2015
yStats.com and MarketLine, two data collection firms, have released their preliminary predictions, based on figures gathered from studies conducted from 2010 to the present, for ECOMMERCE earnings through 2015. The world business-to-consumer ECOMMERCE industry generated between $400 and $600 billion in 2010, according to the report. Based on the growth involved in reaching those numbers, the market is expected to generate between $700 and $950 billion in 2015.

01/01/2013 - Cyber Monday Shatters Mobile Records
Mobile commerce shopping increased more than 400 percent on Cyber Monday 2012, reports Unbound Commerce, a mobile experience architecture firm. The firm conducted a study which showed that the vast majority of visits made to ECOMMERCE sites were from first time customers who had not previously opened an online account with the stores where they shopped. Unbound Commerce's customers reported a 410 percent spike in revenue on Cyber Monday, as shoppers turned to tablets and phones for streamlined shopping trips.

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.

10/01/2012 - RETAIL ECOMMERCE to Grow Significantly
For RETAILers today, it is an exciting but challenging time. The ECOMMERCE revolution has created a newly empowered consumer, the "always-on" consumer, who has higher expectations for the RETAIL shopping experience than ever before. But how should RETAILers transform their business and their supply chains to support the omni channel delivery of products to these new consumers?

10/01/2012 - New GENCO Website Brings Greater Convenience
GENCO Marketplace, one of America's largest merchandise liquidators, has launched a newly designed website to bring speed and convenience to online wholesalers and RETAILers, enabling them to spend less time sourcing liquidation inventory and more time selling, GENCO announced.

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.

09/01/2012 - 9 Lessons For Running an ECOMMERCE Business
If I have learned anything over the years while running ECOMMERCE businesses, it is to plan for everything, and expect the unexpected. Growth requires adaptation, constant attention and change. "You reap what you sow," "garbage in, garbage out," and the list goes on.

09/01/2012 - Small Businesses Eye Big Sites
A study recently completed by Vendio, a multichannel ECOMMERCE solutions company, found that small and mid-sized online RETAILers are highly confident in the future of ECOMMERCE.

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 - Online Sales Continue to Climb
Since 2009 the average amount U.S. Internet users spent annually shopping online increased roughly $100 per year. This year, GroupM projects the average U.S. Internet user will spend $1,042 on ECOMMERCE, with Canada trailing slightly, at $1,009 on average.

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 - MoH Innovates Online
Andrew Kitzenberg of Memory on Hand proves there are also fascinating startup stories in more behind-the-scenes venues like wholesale.

05/01/2012 - Web-Only RETAILers See Growth
Digital shopping channels are undeniably a growing trend among bargain hunters, special occasion shoppers and even shoppers looking for everyday merchandise.

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.

04/01/2012 - Apple Rocks ECOMMERCE
ECOMMERCE providers have much to celebrate with the arrival of the iPad 3, demonstrated in early March.

04/01/2012 - Gas Fuels ECOMMERCE
AIT, web hosting company to over 210,000 customers predicts that the increase in gas prices in 2012 will have a direct impact on web shopping.

03/01/2012 - GENCO Marketplace Wins Exclusive Contract to Liquidate Returns for Home Depot
GENCO Marketplace, has won an exclusive contract to liquidate store returns from The Home Depot stores.

03/01/2012 - Staples Expands ECOMMERCE
Staples, the world's second largest ECOMMERCE company, has announced that it will open an ECOMMERCE Innovation Center in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA, near its Boston headquarters, in May.

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.

02/01/2012 - Mobile Cyber Monday
Online spending reached a record $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday 2011, with an estimated 22 percent growth year over year, according to ComScore.

01/01/2012 - China ECOMMERCE Explodes
China's online sales are projected to surpass those of the United States by 2015.

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.

12/01/2011 - Mobile App Sales Rising
According to IT market research group Gartner, companies will generate half of their web sales via social media and mobile applications by 2015.

11/01/2011 - Profits & Pitfalls of Global ECOMMERCE
The old adage, "Think global, act local," is increasingly obsolete.

11/01/2011 - Driving Conversion with Photography
From large photographs that anchor your home page to small product shots on the site?s pages, photography is a crucial element in the online success of a brand.

11/01/2011 - Novelties & Souvenirs Forecast
Although the economy continues to be sluggish, innovative gift and novelty dealers are finding ways to engage shoppers and bring some fun to a marketplace that desperately needs a few smiles.

11/01/2011 - Bethel International markets college products
Bethel International, a wholesaler with a proven track record in the handbag business, found the need to change with fashion trends and the market.

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 - Wholesalers Find Profits By Expanding Sales
In this continually slow economy, shoppers are not flocking to department stores or high-end shops like they once did.

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.

10/01/2011 - Dollar General Sells Online
In an attempt to be more competitive, discount RETAILer Dollar General has redesigned its website, www.dollargeneral.com, as a functional online store.

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.

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.

08/01/2011 - Good Videos Can Boost Web Business
Would you watch a video of two dull people talking in a studio for 30 minutes?

08/01/2011 - Ruby Imports Costume Jewelry Trends
When no one else was selling jewelry online, Ruby Imports' Sun Jung saw the potential for a growing market.

08/01/2011 - DPJ Wholesale's Global Perspective
Before John Dohm founded DPJ Wholesale, he spent a lot of time visiting the far-flung corners of the world.

08/01/2011 - Gift And Decor Wholesalers Adapt and Thrive
The gift and decor industry covers a wide range of merchandise, but some universal trends can be found when taking a closer look at the industry?s suppliers.

08/01/2011 - Clear Web Words Make Profits
For online wholesalers and RETAILers, creating a profitable B2B or B2C website isn't as simple as following the Field of Dreams instruction book, which suggests, "If you build it, they will come."

08/01/2011 - Facebook & ECOMMERCE
With 700 million users worldwide and 150 million in the U.S. alone, Facebook is a platform of potential shoppers to many ECOMMERCE innovators looking to make Facebook a part of online RETAIL.

08/01/2011 - Investing In Web Merchants
As the economy continues its slow recovery, venture capitalists, investors, and acquisition specialists are taking a new look at ECOMMERCE companies.

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.

07/01/2011 - Buy4Store Finds New Ways To Serve RETAILers
While some wholesalers may do a single thing well, Buy4Store.com is continually refining new and multiple ways to provide profitable opportunities to its RETAILer buyers.

07/01/2011 - Etailers And Facebook
Many ECOMMERCE merchants are using Facebook to promote brand awareness, offer deals, and provide customer support.

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.

06/01/2011 - Rising Gas Prices Thwart ECOMMERCE
Conventional wisdom holds that as gas prices rise, more consumers will shop from home rather than drive to brick and mortar stores.

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.

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.

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