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10/13/2016 - Los Angeles Show Venues Join Forces
The LA Mart and Urban Expositions have joined to reorganize the Winter 2017 edition of Los Angeles Gift and Home Market Week.
10/13/2016 - 3 Cash and Carry Gift Shows for Christmas Buying
Three upcoming Cash and Carry Gift Shows by Urban Expositions.
01/01/2013 - New Year, New eCommerce System
Many online retailers just completed a "hair on fire" end to the 2012 HOLIDAY SHOPPING season. Now that you can rest and take a four-hour vacation, it is time to start planning for 2013, and ensure that you have built your store on an ecommerce system worthy of your business. To see if your ecommerce platform passes the test, ask yourself the following questions:
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.
12/01/2012 - Free Shipping Builds Profits
With 2012 winding down it is time to finalize plans for next year, and online sellers must not overlook the vital role that shipping plays in driving sales online. At some point during the buying cycle all shoppers ask, "How much does shipping cost?" and "How fast is the item shipped?" The answers to these questions play an important role in buying decisions, especially when all other comparison factors are consistent.
10/01/2012 - A Whole Lot of Love
While romance is in the air year round, there is one special day set aside that celebrates lovers. That day is Valentine's Day, and nothing is more popular for amorous gift giving than greeting cards and merchandise that say "Love." This year, wholesalers are offering retailers merchandise that is both traditional and trendy, giving customers the opportunity to say the age-old "I love you" with a contemporary twist.
10/01/2012 - Ecommerce HOLIDAY Checklist
The HOLIDAYs are quickly approaching and your business promos should have already begun. Keeping everything in check and making sure you leave no stone unturned can be a difficult task. To help you in that effort, here is a checklist of items you should consider while preparing for the HOLIDAYs.
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 - Wrap the HOLIDAYs in Fun, Flirty Accessories
Colorful, unique accessories make great HOLIDAY gifts, especially when they offer retailers outstanding profit margins. Some of the hottest new merchandise this season includes versatile hand cut scarves, shiny hair products and twinkling rhinestone jewelry, and jingle jangle hip scarves, all of which dress up anyone's bottom line.
08/01/2012 - Impulse Gifts Grab Sales
It is easier than ever for retailers to stock up on gift and novelty merchandise in preparation for successful HOLIDAY sales. This is because online wholesalers not only stay on top of hot trends and have plenty of popular merchandise available, they also continue to invest in website functionality that enables buyers to quickly see what is new, peruse colorful catalogs, avail themselves of web specials, and place and track orders online.
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 - 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.
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 - Robert Greenspan: Wholesale Legend
Robert E. Greenspan is one of the great American wholesale success stories of the last 40 years.
05/01/2012 - Kole's Wholesale Buying Tips
With over 25 years' experience, Kole Imports knows the preferences of today's frugal retailers, and their equally cost-conscious customers.
04/01/2012 - Online Payment Trends
Online Payment Processing is an ever-changing industry.
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.
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.
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.
02/01/2012 - Big Spending Tablet Users
According to Mashable.com, 20 percent of all mobile ecommerce sales currently come from tablets, nearly two thirds of tablet owners have purchased goods via their device, and more than 56 percent have downloaded SHOPPING related applications.
01/01/2012 - Mother's Day Gifts
Every mother is different. Some moms love cute, sentimental gifts, while others prefer more practical items.
12/01/2011 - Fragrant Smell of Success
Some products are always in demand, especially items used for setting a mood and HOLIDAY gift giving.
12/01/2011 - Safeguard Against HOLIDAY Outages
eMarketer is predicting a 12 percent increase in HOLIDAY SHOPPING over last year, which is great news for retailers.
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 - Flipping Over Burger Flippers
The Wildman Business Group, a third generation family owned business based in Warsaw, IN, knows how to adapt to an evolving business environment.
07/01/2011 - Footwear Suppliers Basic Styles And Tropical Sandals Are Hot
From sandals on the Fourth of July to toe socks at Christmas, footwear and hosiery are always in season.
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.
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.
02/01/2011 - ASD Vegas Opens Feb. 27
The ASD Show returns to Las Vegas February 27 - March 2, attracting 40,000 to 50,000 attendees, with buyers from all over the U.S. and overseas.
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.
12/01/2010 - Fragrance Sales Not Wafting Away
From perfume to incense to air fresheners, scented products continue to draw customers to retail checkouts, even in a stinky economy.
12/01/2010 - Top HOLIDAY Trends Have eCommerce Implications
The National Retail Federation recently released a list of top HOLIDAY trends, based on its HOLIDAY retail forecast.
11/01/2010 - Ecommerce HOLIDAY Checklist
The HOLIDAYs are quickly approaching, and retailers should already be pushing promos geared to these dates.
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.
09/01/2010 - Gifts, Candles and Incense Trends
When it comes to the aromatic arts, giftware sellers are generally well stocked, and contrary to national economic news, well satisfied.
08/01/2010 - Christmas & HOLIDAY Preview
Might the nation's cash registers be set jing-jing-jingling again this upcoming HOLIDAY season?
07/01/2010 - A Walk Through the Footwear Industry
Some 18 months ago, the footwear industry was very much feeling the effects of the global economic crisis.
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
05/01/2010 - A Warming Trend in Apparel
The finest clothing made is a skin, but of course society demands something more than this.
05/01/2010 - The Rise of Mobile Apps
To date, the world of mobile retail has been confined largely to promotion and marketing. But that looks to be changing greatly in the coming years, with a move into outright sales and revenue production via mobile applications.
04/01/2010 - Women's and Men's Fashion Accessories
Fashion is showing signs of coming into fashion again, with indications in some quarters that the much debated economic recovery is having a positive effect on apparel and accessories.
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.
01/01/2010 - Small Electronics Review
Trying to recapture some "Ho-ho-ho," from this past HOLIDAY season, as opposed to the "No, no, no," that characterized most of 2009.
12/01/2009 - Fragrances Forecast
Few consumer categories seem to be following the patterns of the national economy quite like that of fragrances.
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 - Souvenirs Update & Forecast
Souvenir companies have understandably been buffeted by the economic downturn in ways that many other businesses have not.
10/01/2009 - What's Hot for the HOLIDAYs?
GottaDeal.com, which has released early predictions of big sellers for Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) for the past six years, predicts what's hot for Black Friday 2009.
10/01/2009 - Sears Adds Toy Shops
In time for the HOLIDAY SHOPPING season, Sears has added new in-store toy shops.
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 - Gift Wholesalers Hopeful for the HOLIDAYs
As with every business sector, those working in the gift industry have just one question regarding the recession: Is it over yet?