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01/06/2015 - Independent Retailer Magazine Celebrates 25th Anniversary with 2015 Retail Forecast
Independent Retailer magazine, the leading trade publication for independent retail store owners, celebrates their 25th anniversary with a forward-looking 2015 Retail Outlook special issue.
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 - 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.
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.
11/01/2012 - Conquer eCommerce with Drop Shipping
As online shopping figures continue to swell, ENTREPRENEURial opportunities follow suit, and with the help of reliable drop shippers, running a successful ecommerce or mcommerce business is more obtainable than ever.
10/01/2012 - Asia America Trade Show Booms
Dubbed "The Show of the Future," the Asia America Trade Show, held September 11-13 in Miami Beach, FL, was a huge success, with 240 exhibitors and more than 8,000 buyers from 34 countries in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Florida alone has more than 6,000 exporters who seek out new technology and general merchandise to offer to their clients.
08/01/2012 - Broadcast Your Brand with Video Marketing
Video marketing is a way to promote your products and services through the use of video, either online, on DVD, at tradeshows or via other systems. It is an opportunity for you to put your face and voice out there with the rest of your marketing messages.
07/01/2012 - The Right Renovations at Accessories Palace
Accessories Palace Inc. has offered many stellar fashion wholesale products for over a decade, enabling independent retailers to acquire stylish items and sell to customers hoping to reinvent their look.
07/01/2012 - Fortune Products Pioneers
Fortune Products has become a trustworthy name in wholesale during the last 27 years by offering numerous events décor items, including LED candles, blacklights, police beacons and signals, fantasia fairy lights, and more. These fun tech items and numerous others can be found at www.fortuneproducts.com, often coming in attractive variations. For instance, the 5" x 5" police beacons can be purchased in green, amber, red, blue and pink, and the blacklights come as light bulbs and fixtures.
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.
01/01/2012 - 2012 CES Preview
The Consumer Electronics Association?s (CEA) 2012 International CES will be held January 10th to 13th in Las Vegas, NV.
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.
08/01/2011 - Sales Tax 101
Sales tax can be the most complicated accounting challenge for ecommerce sellers.
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.
05/01/2011 - eCommerce Social Media Marketing Done Right
Most people think of Facebook when they hear social media, and many retailers think Facebook is irrelevant to their business.
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.
03/01/2011 - New Golf Game Pays Off
About six years ago, Nowicki was a sales rep with a love of golf. Now he's an ENTREPRENEUR, and owner of Horseshoe Golf Inc.
01/01/2011 - Moving To Mobile Ecommerce
Converging trend lines show that the importance of mobile computing and smartphone shopping is beginning to be seen on the retail front.
10/01/2010 - Landing Page Optimization
Many online ENTREPRENEURs are content with letting their websites' home pages sell their goods for them.
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.
07/01/2010 - Profits From Abandoned Carts
Every ecommerce shopping cart that does not get pushed to checkout is a lost sale.
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.
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
11/01/2009 - Accountant Offers Help
Dashboard Accountants, an outsourced bookkeeping firm based in Salt Lake City, is offering small and mid size businesses an opportunity to get their accounting records cleaned up for free.
09/01/2009 - Small Biz Bullish
Significant numbers of U.S. small business owners exude optimism about the American economy, even amid today's many corporate bailouts and industry wide rescue plans, according to a new national study.
09/01/2009 - Flea Marketers Spawning
The current economic slowdown and rising unemployment are spawning a new group of ENTREPRENEURs.
08/01/2009 - Website Aids Loans
America's Recovery Capital (ARC) loans are government mandated interest free loans designed to help small businesses.
08/01/2009 - New Book By Jonah White
The Billy-Bob Secret To Life, a motivational, inspirational, How-To-Achieve-It autobiography is hot off the press, written by the owner of the famous, Billy-Bob Teeth company.
06/01/2009 - SBA Offers New Online Resources for Small Businesses
ENTREPRENEURs can take advantage of new, free online training and other resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist them during this period of economic recovery.
06/01/2009 - Multichannel Marketing
What is Multichannel Marketing? For someone new to ecommerce, and even those that have been around for awhile, it is something that you must understand and use in today's ever-growing, ever-changing online marketplace.
05/01/2009 - Profit From Anchor Closings
Traffic and business in small shops can suffer if they're located near a large retailer that has closed its doors. There are strategies, however, that give smaller retailers opportunities.
04/01/2009 - Innovative Products at Silver Streak
Mike Mallon, CEO of Silver Streak Ind., knows how to help his customers move product.
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.
11/01/2008 - Shielding the Face of Technology
The idea for iShieldz was born the day Andrew Mason, CEO and President of eShields, LLC., dropped his cell phone and cracked the screen.
11/01/2008 - Integrity Drives Liquidation Innovation
It is said that necessity is the mother of all invention. This timeless adage certainly proved true for company founder and president Lisa Sperow when she started Madison Avenue Closeouts in 2002.
11/01/2008 - Global Supply Chain Safety
The Internet's positive impact on global supply chain management is undeniable.
08/01/2008 - Social Networking Primer
If Digg, MySpace, and FaceBook are foreign concepts to you, it might be time to find out what the social networking phenomenon is all about. Social networking can be a way to maximize your online presence.
08/01/2008 - Refresh Your Brand
Every business should take a periodic review of its full line of branding materials, which includes the company logo, marketing materials, business cards, packaging, website and any other component that makes for a store's public identity.
08/01/2008 - High Margins Spell Kiosk Success
Eye appeal is critical to building sales volume at kiosks and carts. But traffic alone, and even traffic with volume sales, is not enough to build a successful kiosk business.
08/01/2008 - DollarDays Merges with Insignia
DollarDays International, an online wholesaler and closeout company, has merged into Insignia Solutions PLC, a United Kingdom legal entity listed on the National Daily Quotations Journal under the symbol INSGY.PK
07/01/2008 - JSK Computer Services: Buyers' One-Stop Shop
Jeffrey Kodba was a 24-year-old college graduate making use of his diploma working as an IT technician, sharing an apartment with his brother, Joseph, and enjoying his life in Pittsburgh.
06/01/2008 - Remote Control Zooms Sales
In 1996, unlike his high school freshmen classmates, Kevork "Kev" Kouyoumjian was too industriously preoccupied to care whether or not he was in one of life's awkward stages.
06/01/2008 - Education For Sellers At eBay Live 2008
Later this month, more than 10,000 ENTREPRENEURs and other businesspeople will convene at McCormick Place West in Chicago. They will be in attendance for the seventh annual eBay Live Show, which runs June 19-21.
06/01/2008 - Course For Small Business
The Savvy Marketers, a training program designed for small businesses, has been launched by Hart Communications, an independent public relations firm based in San Francisco.
05/01/2008 - SBA Offers Help
The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched Emerging 200 Initiative, a program designed to get ENTREPRENEURs to the next level of success.
05/01/2008 - Keys To Retail Success
Searching for a hot new retail concept? Looking to add a profitable new product to your kiosk or store?
02/01/2008 - Flipping Over Flipo
Jerry Philippeau accidentally entered into business while he was a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, California.
01/01/2008 - ENTREPRENEUR Earns Success
Scott Lumley is the epitome of an ENTREPRENEURial spirit.