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INDEPENDENT RETAILER magazine is now the official news outlet for Wholesale Central visitors. Each monthly issue is packed with new product ideas, supplier profiles, retailing news, and business strategies to help you succeed.

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03/01/2013 - Keep Toothbrushes Germfree
Flushing a toilet sends bacteria eight feet into the air before it begins to settle on nearby surfaces, according to research by Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. When Cindy Martin, co-OWNER of Cynita, Inc., learned of this, her mind raced to the toothbrushes that lay exposed on her bathroom countertop. Consumers are demonstrating an increasing interest in health and disease prevention, and Martin fell in line with the trend. Experienced with custom products, she worked with a designer to develop a lightweight, economical solution to the germy issue, and the Cover Me toothbrush protector is the result.

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 - Marketplace Fairness Flack
Internet retailers have enjoyed exemption from the requirement to collect sales taxes since 1992, when the U.S. Supreme Court passed a ruling closing the case of Quill Corporation v. North Dakota, at which point it was decided that, in states where online retailers have no brick and mortar presence, or nexus, they were not required to collect sales tax.

11/01/2012 - Six Design Tips to Generate Sales
To be successful, ecommerce businesses need to build sites that are able to sell products. Sounds simple enough, yet, too often sites are designed based on improper knowledge of customers' wants and needs. In some cases, companies even let technology drive design efforts, and that is one of the worst things that can happen.

11/01/2012 - Best Electronic Devices Fuel Sales
Berlin, Germany, ballooned with excitement at this year's annual Internationale Funkausstellung (Radio and Television Exhibition). Fingertips were the focus for technology and engineering executives as they gathered to kibitz about the latest touchscreens, smartphones and tablet accessories.

10/01/2012 - The Best Apps for Your Business
The slew of promises that comes with many mobile apps approaches productivity from every angle. As business OWNERS find themselves becoming more and more mobile, the curiosity surrounding these collectible tools makes a visit to an iTunes or Android store feel like the grown up version of a trip to the candy shop. Hundreds of thousands of apps are available for iPhone, iPad and Android, with more being added by the minute.

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.

09/01/2012 - Collectibles Create a Craze
When it comes to making the web do work, Dimension 9 LLC is one company that knows how to strategically crack the whip. With 30 years in the gift and souvenir industry, the company has spent years perfecting products and learning from peers.

06/01/2012 - Email Marketing: 4 Success Factors
Email marketing is a critical component to building any business. Being at the forefront of your customers?, and potential customers? minds, and those of your potential customers, plays a vital role in generating sales.

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 - Fear, Fun & Profits This Halloween
For most holidays, consumers purchase decorations and merchandise that promote cheer or comfort such as bunnies for Easter, snowmen for Christmas, or a Thanksgiving cornucopia.

01/01/2012 - Making Your Website Mobile
Designing a website to sell your products used to be pretty simple, because you knew your audience.

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 - The Truth About Traffic
In the last issue, I outlined some important thinking that makes up basic foundational elements of a successful ecommerce business.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

11/18/2010 - DollarDays Introduces SBA Backed Loan Offering to Help Small Business OWNERS
Leading online wholesaler DollarDays now offers an SBA loan program through its website to help small business OWNERS secure funding.

10/01/2010 - Turning Web Shoppers into Buyers
Many online store OWNERS have the impression that all they have to do is attract more traffic and sales rise.

09/11/2010 - Building Online Revenue with Affiliate Programs
"Do you want to make more money?" queried a certain line of infomercials in the 1990s.

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.

09/01/2010 - Giftbliss Succeeds With Snow To Go
Giftbliss Sales started up in 1993 as a manufacturers' rep group.

08/01/2010 - Christmas & Holiday Preview
Might the nation's cash registers be set jing-jing-jingling again this upcoming holiday season?

08/01/2010 - Twitter, Facebook & Your Business
The use of social media tools like Twitter and Facebook to improve connections with your customer base has been documented in these pages in the past.

06/01/2010 - Dropshipping 101
Simply put, dropshipping is selling something you don't own. While it may sound illegal, it's not.

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

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 - Sweet Success With Candy Concepts
CandyConceptsInc.com is not just about candy. In fact, candy now accounts for a mere ten to 15 percent of the company's sales.

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.

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.

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.

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

11/01/2009 - Fragrances and Scents for High Margins
For centuries, fragrances and scents have been used to establish a mood or change one. That is as true today as it ever was. Women and men look to perfume and scents for a crowning touch of luxury.

11/01/2009 - Conserving for Profit
The environment and the economy go hand in hand.

10/01/2009 - Swine Flu Strategy
The timeworn adage: plan for the worst and hope for the best, applies to retailers as they head into flu season, which unfortunately coincides with their busiest season of the year.

10/01/2009 - Renegotiating Leases
In the face of continuing economic conditions, powerful national retailers and restaurant corporations are actively and aggressively renegotiating their leases with their landlords.

10/01/2009 - Recession Proof Pet Products
In a downturn economy, people may not feel comfortable spending money on themselves, but at My Shopping Tree, they are finding that possibly for that very reason, sales of personalized pet products are way up.

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 - SavesUCash Makes U Money
In the world of ecommerce, it can often seem difficult to connect with a reputable supplier of high quality goods.

09/01/2009 - All That Jazz
The primary products available from All That Jazz are sheet sets and blankets.

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 - Housewares and Gifts Fall Forecast
Events conspire to help keep the housewares market strong, while gift giving remains an important part of family and social life.

08/01/2009 - Christmas and Holiday Buying Preview
"It's never too early to start thinking about the holidays," goes the old saying, and while the summer months may seem a bit premature to start contemplating the upcoming holiday.

07/01/2009 - Test Marketing For Success
In his book, "Think And Grow Rich," Napoleon Hill says one major cause of business failure is business OWNERS' propensity to make snap judgments and act on guesswork.

07/01/2009 - Common Pay Per Click Mistakes
Pay per click advertising can increase traffic to your website, and also expand your knowledge of your market.

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