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04/01/2013 - Start a Business with Drop Shipping
The idea of selling products without having to first buy them and then hold the inventory in a warehouse is attractive to some business owners because it can be a cost-effective way to start selling online. Business logic tells us that the easier it is to start a small business, the more competitors will be in the industry. Drop shipping is no exception, and COMPETITION will only grow with the rapid expansion in ecommerce overall.

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.

02/01/2013 - Video For Your Website - Tactics to Build Online Sales
Ten years ago, it was rare for online wholesalers and retailers to have video on their websites, and those that did incorporate it into their online marketing plans were considered innovative. Now, if you ask a room full of business owners if they have video on their websites, at least half will say yes, as it is quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception. Today, it is how, not if, you use video that makes you stand out from the COMPETITION.

11/01/2012 - Engage Customers with Email
Chances are good that you have wondered about your communications strategy as an online wholesaler or retailer, and you may question whether you are communicating enough or too much. Think about how many times during the year, quarter or month a customer needs you, or your products or services, and let that be your guide to how often to reach out and touch your audience.

09/01/2012 - The Sky's the Limit with Cloud Computing
Instagram, Groupon and LinkedIn are amazing success stories that serve different markets yet share a common link. Each was born in "The Cloud," a complex infrastructure that, in real time over the Internet, extends an online business's IT capabilities without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software.

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.

05/01/2012 - Western Express For Western Success
The story behind Western Express, the leading wholesale company for cowboy hats, western shirts, belt buckles, and other buckaroo-styled clothing items, starts with a touch of show business.

03/01/2012 - Conklin Fashions
Conklin Fashions offers 10,000 different products, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, novelty items, body jewelry, sunglasses, and reading accessories available at heavily discounted wholesale prices.

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.

01/01/2012 - Mobile Marketing Trends
On a planet with about seven billion people, 2011 saw an astonishing 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions, about 77 percent of the total population.

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.

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 - 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 - Web Tax Issues
Strapped state legislatures, hungry for new revenue, are looking to tax ecommerce sites such as Amazon.

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 - Google + Ecommerce
Google+, the new social media and networking offer from search engine goliath Google, is offering Facebook its first real COMPETITION.

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.

06/01/2011 - Building Ecommerce Business With Blogs Means Both Challenges And Rewards
Many ecommerce merchants depend on search result traffic to bring new customers to their Internet storefronts.

06/01/2011 - CoolJewels.com Delivers Top Of The Trend Fashion Just In Time
With the experience that comes from 35 years in business, Phillips International, Inc. is a master of the art of timing.

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 - NationalGift.com Offers Complete Ecommerce Solutions
Many distributors start off as traditional wholesalers, stocking goods in warehouses and relying on field reps and faxes for orders.

01/01/2011 - Stay Connected For Success
In the increasingly fragmented market space of 2011, how can retailers, especially those who source products online, best reach their increasingly tech-savvy customer base?

12/01/2010 - Hot Sauce Claws Out COMPETITION
The gourmet hot sauce market is a competitive one, says Robert McDade, president of New Orleans based Natural Selections. Brands compete as much on the basis of how the product looks on the shelf as on the way the sauce tingles the tongue.

10/01/2010 - Quality Italian Air Fresheners
Car wash magnate Ira Feinberg has been an entrepreneur, inventor, and industry expert for close to 50 years.

10/01/2010 - Pampered Princess Booms Online
Sharee Kowalski was a mom selling wholesale jewelry out of the trunk of her car 20 years ago.

08/01/2010 - Creating a Sale Capturing Checkout Process
The checkout process is one of the most important parts of a successful ecommerce site.

08/01/2010 - In Mixed Retail Forecast
In mixed retail forecast, look for cost-cutting, new products through 2012

06/01/2010 - Tattoo Program Triples Your Profits
TAT International founder and owner, Kirk Knapp, has not had it easy in business. "Nine years ago I was broke," he says.

06/01/2010 - Reaping the Benefits of eBay
eBay has emerged as one of the greatest sources for wholesale providers on the globe. There are a number of methods one may adopt to find the lowest priced and most dependable eBay wholesale providers.

05/01/2010 - Shopforbags.com Empowers Entrepreneurs
Buying from Shopforbags.com is an excellent way for store owners to stay ahead of their COMPETITION, because the company carries sought-after, trendy items not found anywhere else.

03/01/2010 - Gift Dropship.com Offers Preloaded Sites
After a retailer, eBay store, flea marketer or anyone else who sells product sets up an account at Gift Dropship.com, they can simply visit that website, order the product and have it shipped in their store's name to their customer

01/01/2010 - SerTop Is On Top
Adam Topping, co-owner of Ser Top, knows three reasons why his customers appreciate ordering customized sweatbands, silicone wristbands and patches from his company.

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 - Fragrances Forecast
Few consumer categories seem to be following the patterns of the national economy quite like that of fragrances.

12/01/2009 - The Future of Web Video
Video may have killed the radio star, as the old song by the Buggles claims, but today there's growing evidence that video may have static, text-heavy websites in its crosshairs as well.

11/01/2009 - What Makes Web Retail Tick
Calling ecommerce, "The bright side of retail," during her keynote address at the 2009 Shop.org Annual Summit, Sucharita Mulpuru of Forrester Research spelled out six things online retailers have done right.

11/01/2009 - Souvenirs Update & Forecast
Souvenir companies have understandably been buffeted by the economic downturn in ways that many other businesses have not.

10/01/2009 - Broadband Widens Reach
Broadband Internet access is now nearly universal, with rural areas closing the gap with metropolitan areas, according to a new report from comScore Inc.

09/01/2009 - Checkout Options Flourish
Most anyone who has made a purchase on eBay is familiar with PayPal, an ecommerce checkout option, which since 2002 has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the online auction site.

09/01/2009 - 9 Ways to Improve Marketing
Marketing is like a personal exercise regimen. In the day to day bustle, it often gets pushed off the front burner or even falls between the cracks altogether

08/01/2009 - Online Retailers Shift Tactics
The economy is forcing web retailers to change their marketing tactics, in order to acquire and retain customers.

06/01/2009 - Push to Repeal Shoe Tax
The National Retail Federation is pressing Congress to pass legislation that would eliminate tariffs on a wide range of low cost imported shoes.

06/01/2009 - Is Live Chat Right for You?
For those internet retailers who may feel they have their hands full dealing with their customers...

06/01/2009 - Grab and Go Green
In these uncertain times, when retailers are not always sure what the latest trend or fad is for consumers to get excited about, one thing is certain; people need to eat and they love to snack.

06/01/2009 - 4 Ways to Increase ROI of Your PPC Campaigns
Many see running a profitable paid search campaign as an art.

04/01/2009 - Three Big eCommerce Tips
With the economic crisis forcing small business owners to slash costs, while trying to build up sales and revenue, ecommerce is increasingly seen as an attractive market environment.

04/01/2009 - Build Loyalty Inside and Out
Building loyalty among customers, prospects and employees doesn't have to cost a dime.

03/01/2009 - U.S. Ecommerce Comeback Seen by 2010
Ecommerce in the United States is expected to climb back to last year's levels by 2010 after experiencing slowing growth in 2009 due to the recession, a research group said recently.

03/01/2009 - Renewable Stationery
There are many types of natural, earth friendly stationery: recycled wrapping paper, plantable seed papers, hemp and other renewable products.

02/01/2009 - Due for a Makeover?
Makeovers have taken to television with great success. But the makeover business is not only booming on TV, it's permeating our image conscious society.

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