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01/01/2013 - Fight Online Fraud
Nine out of ten online merchants may be vulnerable to credit card fraud, according to a SURVEY by SignatureLink, an online security firm, and payment industry communicator CardNotPresent.com. The SURVEY found that only ten percent of websites SURVEYed require shoppers to accept the terms and conditions of payment to the site via e-signature, vocal consent or a physical signature. Agreement to site terms and conditions along with data breaches are areas of focus for ecommerce businesses that process payments online.

10/01/2012 - Retail ECommerce to Grow Significantly
For retailers today, it is an exciting but challenging time. The ecommerce revolution has created a newly empowered consumer, the "always-on" consumer, who has higher expectations for the retail shopping experience than ever before. But how should retailers transform their business and their supply chains to support the omni channel delivery of products to these new consumers?

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 - Using Social Media to Grow Business
Most small business owners know that social media is an important part of their online strategy, but may not know where to start or have the time to learn. Others may not believe that social media is important at all. The truth is that social media is critical to the success of any business.

07/01/2012 - Peer-to-Peer Reviews
When it comes to making a buying decision, nothing can be more important in closing the sale than customer reviews. A form of social proof, non-biased peer-to-peer reviews are just as good as getting a referral for a product from a friend. "What online tool most influenced your purchase decision?" The number one answer was product ratings and reviews.

07/01/2012 - Free Shipping Worth Waiting For
Online shoppers want free shipping, even if it means their packages take longer to arrive, and are less concerned about sales tax, according to a recent study by research and consulting firm AlixPartners LLP.

06/01/2012 - The Live Chat Choice
The face-to-face service of brick and mortars has been replaced by an overwhelming favoritism towards digital convenience offered by ecommerce sites.

04/12/2012 - Wholesale Central and Pinnacle Cart Forge Partnership
Wholesale Central, the Internet's leading directory of wholesale suppliers, has joined forces with leading eCommerce provider Pinnacle Cart in an effort to make selling wholesale merchandise on the internet easier than ever before. The partnership launched with the latest release of Pinnacle Cart, version 3.7.11, which includes an automated data feed to Wholesale Central's proprietary product search feature.

04/01/2012 - Online Payment Trends
Online Payment Processing is an ever-changing industry.

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 - 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 - Going Global
Recent news reports indicate that the international ecommerce marketplace is not only growing, but playing a larger role in the U.S. market.

10/01/2011 - Online Sales Rise
There is currently a need for brick and mortar sales in this economy, but there is some good news for ecommerce merchants.

08/01/2011 - Good Videos Can Boost Web Business
Would you watch a video of two dull people talking in a studio for 30 minutes?

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.

07/01/2011 - Buy4Store Finds New Ways To Serve Retailers
While some wholesalers may do a single thing well, Buy4Store.com is continually refining new and multiple ways to provide profitable opportunities to its retailer buyers.

07/01/2011 - Etailers And Facebook
Many ecommerce merchants are using Facebook to promote brand awareness, offer deals, and provide customer support.

06/01/2011 - Polling Customers On Facebook Pays Off For Ecommerce Merchants
Although there are a number of ways to make social media work for an ecommerce business, online polling is often overlooked.

04/01/2011 - Consumer Confidence High, Future Should See Online Growth
The economy is looking better now, and ecommerce sales will trend up for the next several years, say several reports.

03/01/2011 - Online Retail Sales Rise 11 Percent
Ecommerce research firm comScore Inc. has released its fourth quarter 2010 U.S. retail ecommerce sales estimates.

03/01/2011 - More Retailers Move To Ecommerce
Electronic commerce is gaining in importance, according to a new study by Retail Systems Research.

02/01/2011 - Treat Credit Data With Care
Retailers rely on credit cards like restaurants rely on plates, but the danger of broken plates is nothing compared to the danger of lost or stolen credit card information.

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.

01/01/2011 - E-Shoppers Love Free Shipping
Online consumers are looking for free shipping more than any other perk or enticement, according to a new SURVEY conducted by Stamps.com.

11/01/2010 - Sporting Goods
Is there such a thing as an industry that's truly recession-proof?

11/01/2010 - Web Retailers Go Global
A new report from Forrester Research says the frontier of online retailing is going global.

09/01/2010 - Free Shipping Crucial For Web Orders
An overwhelming 99 percent of small companies SURVEYed say that free shipping is an important factor in deciding on an online supplier, according to a recent poll commissioned by Staples.

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

05/01/2010 - Successful Email Marketing
Many people hearing the term, "email marketing," think of spam cluttering up their inboxes from unwanted (and, unknown) companies, or occasional notes about upcoming sales or coupons that may or may not be relevant to their lives and lifestyles.

05/01/2010 - A Warming Trend in Apparel
"The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but of course society demands something more than this."

05/01/2010 - Best Days & Times for Emails
When considering how to get the most out of your email campaigns, do not overlook the timing of a send.

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 - Tech Feature: Google Analytics
How do you measure the success of your company's website? Receiving reports on how many users clicked on the site is a fairly basic way.

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 - Asia's Global Empire
"Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."

12/01/2009 - Shared SSL Certificates vs. Private
A big part of increasing conversion on an ecommerce site involves building trust and credibility with your customers.

11/01/2009 - Valuing Customer Retention
When asked which measurement of customer data was the most valuable, the largest group of retailers, 86 percent, cited customer retention in a recent SURVEY.

11/01/2009 - Optimizing Conversion
A majority of Internet retailers and other online businesses are failing to take advantage of analytics technology, in order to optimize website content to better convert online browsers to buyers, according to a recent study by Omniture Inc

11/01/2009 - Effective Email Marketing
A staple in any customer retention program is the ability to write emails that strengthen relationships, receive responses and prompt action.

11/01/2009 - Comparison Shopping
Online merchants can benefit from revealing competitors' prices on their website, even if the competitor's price is lower.

10/01/2009 - Green Profits: Take A Deep Breath
As we prepare for winter, consumers in many parts of the country are adjusting to colder weather, closed windows and stagnant indoor air, and they are purchasing air care products in order to cope.

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."

10/01/2009 - Comparing Comparison Sites
The use of price comparison services (also known as shopping comparison services or price engines) has exploded over the past few years, and even with overall sales down, research shows they're growing ever stronger.

09/01/2009 - Social Networks Lack Marketing
Although social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are increasingly popular, they have yet to live up to their promise as marketing vehicles.

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 - Retailers Sell Accessories
Certain high profile apparel chains are expanding their collections of accessories, trying to boost overall sales and take up some of the slack left by dipping clothing sales.

09/01/2009 - OfficeMax Partners with Payless
Two heavyweight retailers in very different fields have partnered in a cross merchandising, back to school promotion.

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?

09/01/2009 - Buyers Seek Bargains
The economic downturn has more consumers turning to the Internet to find lower cost items and services, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life project.

08/01/2009 - Retail Crime Jumps
Organized retail crime activity rose eight percent in the past year, according to the National Retail Federation's fifth annual Organized Retail Crime SURVEY.

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