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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.
03/01/2012 - Drop Shipping by Kole Imports, Part One
Kole Imports has been a successful wholesaler of general merchandise for the past 26 years, growing a solid customer base and building itself into a brand name in the industry.
03/01/2012 - Your Guide to the New Google Analytics
In March 2011 Google released its new and improved version of Google Analytics.
05/01/2011 - Add Video to Your Marketing To-do List
If you are looking to tackle a few projects on your marketing to-do list, participating in a video sharing site may help you with two scheduled items: social media and search engine optimization (SEO).
04/01/2011 - Product Comparison Sites Let Retailers Reach Shoppers
As more and more shoppers go online, the chances are slim that any one potential customer even knows your web address, much less wants to shop specifically at your site.
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.
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
03/01/2010 - Tracking MSN and Yahoo! PPC in Google Analytics
When fed the right data, Google Analytics can extract query string variables that may offer better reporting capabilities.
01/01/2010 - Asia's Global Empire
"Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."
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.
07/01/2009 - Sentiment Sells Fresh Products
People are taking comfort in nostalgia and sentiment, which gives products that capitalize on these themes a winning edge at carts and kiosks.
07/01/2009 - Footwear Fashion Forecast
Thanks in no small part to Sex and the City, upscale shoe brands like Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo became even more sought after, as a legion of Carrie Bradshaw wannabes set out to shod themselves just like their dashing demigoddess.
05/01/2009 - Pony Tire Swing
PONY PAL SWINGS supplies the Pony Pal Tire Swing, which is based on its copyrighted design of a swing made from bias tires and fashioned into the shape of a pony.
04/01/2009 - Sites Wield Influence
User reviews and recommendations on online retail sites are more useful for typical web shoppers who plan to reduce the amount of money they spend on a variety of products, according to a recent study.
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 - 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.
01/01/2009 - Online Buyers Expand Spending
Big ticket items, such as home appliances, have been among the products to be least purchased online.
01/01/2009 - Hot Liquidation Deals on Electric Scooters
Sasser Distributing, the only U.S. distributor for the electric HCF scooter, has announced a fantastic buying opportunity in these eco-conscious times.
12/01/2008 - No Rain on Windshields
RAY SANDS GLASS has introduced Aquapel, a hydrophobic formula that actually bonds to windshields and prevents rain and snow from sticking.
10/01/2008 - Tiffany Fights eBay Verdict
Luxury retailer, Tiffany & Co., is appealing the U.S. court's counterfeiting decision.
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.
07/01/2008 - ClassifiedFlyerAds Makes 'Bid' to Help eBay Sellers
eBay store owners can now advertise their items for sale to thousands of users outside of the eBay site thanks to ClassifiedFlyerAds.com.
06/01/2008 - Blockbuster Expands Games
Blockbuster Inc., the troubled provider of in-home movies and game entertainment, is expanding its game business significantly.
05/01/2008 - Unique Scale Cars
CASTLINE INC., a new model car company, has introduced the M2 Machines brand of 1/64th scale die cast model cars, with a slew of unique features and extensive detail rarely seen in cars of this size.
07/01/2007 - Clothing Trumps Computers Online
As total web sales are projected to hit $259 billion this year, some shifts are taking place among the top selling online product categories.
05/01/2007 - Mobile Solar Power
SOLAR STYLE utilizes a patented design in its series of mobile, solar powered units that can be used to charge portable electronic devices.
05/01/2007 - Coping With The Housing Market
A study by Deloitte Touch, based on concerns that consumer spending may slowdown due to continued weakness in the housing market.
03/01/2007 - PPA Helps Small Biz
A new law that makes big changes in employee retirement plans can benefit small business owners. While some aspects of it won't kick in for a year or two, others went into effect in January, so now is a good time to understand its ramifications.
02/01/2007 - Vanity Plates Boost Sales
HOT PLATES COMPANY offers retailers the opportunity to build sales by providing custom vanity plates for clients' cars and other vehicles.