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10/14/2016 - Seattle Gift Show Kicks Off Winter 2017 Buying Season
The Seattle Gift Show promises to bring a versatile selection of products built around the Pacific Northwest lifestyle January 6-9, 2017
10/13/2016 - Winter 2017 Philadelphia Gift Show Highlights
The first gift show of the season for Northeast retailers.
10/13/2016 - 3 Cash and Carry Gift Shows for Christmas Buying
Three upcoming Cash and Carry Gift Shows by Urban Expositions.
03/01/2013 - ASIA AMERICA - Where Smart International Buyers Go in Miami
The Miami wholesale ASIA AMERICA trade show, now in its fourth year, is being held October 1-3, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The trade show has made history by becoming the "show to go to" for Caribbean, Central and South America buyers as well as for over 6,000 exporters and importers in the Miami area. More than 8,000 buyers who attended the 2012 show have done more than $50 million in business, according to exhibitors' estimates.
07/01/2012 - The Green Revolution
Cloud computing, data and applications housed in a centralized data center rather than various offices maintaining their own server farm, offers significant benefits to companies and to employees. Tele-working is on the rise, as it helps employees balance work-life demands and it offers true cost savings to both employee and employer.
04/01/2012 - Flipo Group - Twenty Years of Innovation
Many people start a wholesale business for extra cash, or to try something new. For Jerry Phlippeau, it was a means for survival.
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 - ThermoServ Beverageware
If you are currently drinking out of an insulated thermos, mug, or tumbler with your college or favorite brand's insignia on it, there is a really good chance ThermoServ made it.
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.
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 - 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.
03/01/2011 - Fearless Halloween Forecast
For retailers looking to cash in on America's love of Halloween, there are no tricks, even in a down economy.
02/01/2011 - Toy and Game Forecast
From radio band helicopters to rubber band bracelets, it is not easy to figure out the next hot toy.
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.
12/01/2010 - Sunny Outlook For Solarrific
Grace King is a wholesaler with a mission. "I started my company in 2007, when the price of oil was getting high.
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.
02/01/2010 - ASD Show in Vegas Feb. 28
ASD Las Vegas, the nation's largest, most comprehensive merchandise show, runs from February 28 - March 3, 2010 at the Sands Expo Center and Las Vegas Convention Center.
01/01/2010 - MK Brings Good Life to Water
The Good Life Gear product line from MK Distributors Inc. includes stainless steel water bottles with clever twists that make using them much more fun and functional than similar products.
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.
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.
08/01/2009 - Deals on DVDs
Reto Lingenhag founded Education 2000 Inc. in 1988, with an assortment of TRAVEL DVDs.
07/01/2009 - Using Color to Influence Shoppers
The one major psychological influence that all retailers can make use of is color.
07/01/2009 - Rosetta Goes Retail
Rosetta Stone Inc., a language learning provider, has opened its first full scale retail outlet and is also expanding kiosks nationwide.
07/01/2009 - Plant Essences Make Profitable Scents
As shoppers gain access to information regarding health and environmental issues, they are looking for retailers to mirror their awakening, and ideally become a reputable source for knowledge and wisely chosen products.
06/01/2009 - Still Loving Lucy
ALIZ INTERNATIONAL, long time supplier of I Love Lucy licensed bags, has signed a license agreement for Lucille Ball's 50th anniversary celebration in 2010.
05/01/2009 - Safe Water from Ech20
ECOUSABLE INC. introduces Ech20, a 25 ounce stainless steel water bottle with a built in filtration system.
04/01/2009 - Sites Wield Influence
User reviews and recommendations on online retail sites are more useful for typical web shoppers who plan to reduce the amount of money they spend on a variety of products, according to a recent study.
04/01/2009 - Fun For Kids From Peabodys
The card kits sold by Peabody's Toys That Teach Inc., are a product waiting to explode.
03/01/2009 - Editor's Hot Product Picks March 2009
Editors Hot Products from the March 2009 issue of Web Wholesaler Magazine.
03/01/2009 - Web Sales Rising
Despite the recession, online retail sales will likely keep climbing in 2009.
03/01/2009 - Small Sizes Equal Big Profits
The definition of Minimus is: a) a company that has increased in size very quickly and efficiently, b) an item of the smallest size, c) a large selection of individually sized items, d) all of the above.
02/01/2009 - Words That Make Or Lose Money
During the recent holiday shopping season, I noticed many stores using terms that seemed to contradict their intended purpose (to generate sales).
01/01/2009 - Online Buyers Expand Spending
Big ticket items, such as home appliances, have been among the products to be least purchased online.
01/01/2009 - Hot Liquidation Deals on Electric Scooters
Sasser Distributing, the only U.S. distributor for the electric HCF scooter, has announced a fantastic buying opportunity in these eco-conscious times.
12/01/2008 - Swiss Watches for All Buyers
SwissOutpost.com, a carrier of high - end Wenger watches, is one of only two companies in the U.S. privileged to sell products on the Internet that are made by Victorinox Swiss Army.
12/01/2008 - Reserve Your Spot in Heaven
RESERVE A SPOT IN HEAVEN has assembled TRAVEL kits that promise just that, and also offer kits to, "reserve a spot in hell."
12/01/2008 - New Mini Pleat Fashion
JUST SIMPLY UNIQUE adds a new mini pleat line to its popular popcorn fashion.
12/01/2008 - High-Flying Sales at HobbyTron.com
HobbyTron.com was founded more than eight years ago as a niche retail provider for enthusiasts of electronic kits.
11/01/2008 - Purses to the Max
The owner of Max Purse, Avraham Reyhan, has been a successful apparel and handbag designer for 25 years.
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.
10/01/2008 - Toothbrush With Toothpaste
DR. COLLINS INC. offers a toothbrush that has nylon bristles that are infused with toothpaste.
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.
05/01/2008 - Shoe Cover Up
JESSIEYU INC. has developed unique covers for ladies' shoes. It calls them Jessieyu and refers to them as, "the Millennium Footwear."
05/01/2008 - Expanding Towels
EZ TOWEL INC. has introduced a product by the same name. EZ Towel is compressed into a tablet shape the size of a stack of five nickels.
05/01/2008 - Cool Feet Are Hot Items
The 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, wrote, "Let what you love be what you do," and Cindy Schultz, owner of www.MyCoolFeet.net is a perfect example of that.
02/01/2008 - Great Toys at WholesaleCentral.com
During the recent holidays, online toy sales showcased the fact that this niche's boom a few years ago was no fluke.
02/01/2008 - Boomers' Web Use Rising
Older Americans, from baby boomers to those over 60, are becoming a more significant Internet target market, according to a new study by eMarketer.com.
01/01/2008 - US Marketing: Great Deals for Big Profits
"Fast pennies are better than slow dollars" is the clever motto of Alan Altschul, President & Founder of US Marketing in upstate New York.
12/01/2007 - Disposable Panties
QUEST MARKETING introduces Oops! Disposable Panties. A handy packet that is about the size of a stack of three poker chips contains two pair of disposable women's panties.