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10/14/2016 - Southern Hospitality at its Best: Smoky Mountain Gift Show
For fifty-one years the Smoky Mountain Gift Show has served the souvenir and gift market. On November 2-5, 2016 it will be returning to the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, TN.

06/16/2016 - WholesaleCentral.com Debuts Interactive Trade Show Calendar
WholesaleCentral.com, the leading wholesale directory WEB site on the Internet, announces the launch of a fully interactive wholesale trade show calendar.

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.

03/01/2013 - Increasing Sales with CRM
Customer relationship management (CRM) is a top priority for many e-tailers this year, as customer expectations regarding the online experience are at an all time high. In order to contend in the ecommerce arena, some e-tailers are turning to service providers to gain an edge on the competition. Below is an overview of four providers and the products and services they offer to support online sellers.

03/01/2013 - A Message from the CEO
This year marks our 25th anniversary serving the wholesale and retail merchandise industry, and I want to thank you for choosing us to help you grow your BUSINESS. It is an honor to bring you the news, BUSINESS insights and, most importantly, new product information you need to succeed. Throughout the years, our motto has been to under promise and over deliver, and we are dedicated to connecting reputable wholesalers with the most active buying audience across all venues.

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.

02/01/2013 - A Taste of Milk and Honey
Success as a vendor in the gift and jewelry BUSINESS, to a large degree, depends on offering buyers fresh, fashionable products, as well as being able to shift and adapt your product line to the times. Glen Miller, president of Milk and Honey, Inc., has perfected a balance of those strategies, and offers classic products that are continually popular, as well as trending jewelry, accessories and giftware

02/01/2013 - mCommerce: Adapt or Die
Shoppers are quickly moving to mobile commerce, or mcommerce, with more than 50 percent of U.S. consumers saying they plan to use smartphones or tablets to make purchases over the Internet, according to research giant Nielsen. In addition, research firm Canalys notes that, in 2011, for the first time ever, shipments of smartphones (487.7 million) exceeded shipments of personal computers (414.6 million).

01/01/2013 - Mobile Sales Drive Profits
Mobile payment apps are fast becoming a popular mode for WEB wholesalers and online retailers to generate more sales at offline venues, such as tradeshows and conventions. Various mobile payment platforms enable merchants to accept PayPal, cash, credit cards, invoice or checks, wherever they are, on the phone they already carry.

01/01/2013 - Facebook Offers Viral Advertising
Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, using text ads and banners to engage social media fans on Facebook, has been losing its luster in recent years. Advertising to these fans may be great for building brand awareness, but it is not doing much for the immediate bottom line. The low returns BUSINESSes see from PPC methods may be because people that typically use social media sites, like Facebook, do not necessarily want to be sold to directly.

12/01/2012 - Gifts with Presence
Kheops International is a BUSINESS propelled by genuine passion for the company's products. Nestled in the rural North Country of New Hampshire, the company dedicates itself to meaningful items that are off the beaten path in terms of design and function, and are intended to inspire end customers with their high quality and unusual characteristics.

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 - 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 - The Spirit of St Louis Wholesale
St. Louis Wholesale's owner and founder, Craig Pinkerton, has come a long way since his first wholesale purchase. Had he not taken an initial risk, St. Louis Wholesale would never have been created.

10/01/2012 - FLOMO - New Valentines day product line
Seven is a lucky number at FLOMO, a manufacturer and distributor owned by Nygala Corp., with seven of its own factories in operation around the country. Started as a factory-based supplier in 1956, the company won seven national awards for excellence in 2011 and continues to uphold high quality standards.

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 - Kheops-Meaningful-BUSINESS
How can a BUSINESS inspire harmony? How does making a purchase result in a deeper connection with nature? Most importantly, what in the world does the WEB have to do with it? Kheops International has answers, all of which come in the form of meaningful gifts. As a leading wholesaler and drop shipper of candles, treasure boxes, figurines and other spiritual items, Kheops shares its appreciation for harmony and nature via its selection of gifts and jewelry.

09/01/2012 - Small BUSINESSes Eye Big Sites
A study recently completed by Vendio, a multichannel ecommerce solutions company, found that small and mid-sized online retailers are highly confident in the future of ecommerce.

08/01/2012 - Themed Jewelry Goes the Distance
Few professional athletes can deny the glamour or prestige of championship tournament rings. The weight of these glinting pieces stands for every ounce of teamwork that went into the team's victory, and the rings often become heirlooms. Nick DeVito and Company, in Sarasota, FL, has made it part of its mission to bring that feeling of team pride to sports fans as well.

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 - Consumers Demand Simple Site Navigation and Reviews
A report from A.T. Kearney suggests that ecommerce vendors are seeing increased interest from consumers with the WEB becoming an avenue for

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 - There's an App for That
Mobility changed communication. Freedom from wires and landlines, freedom from cables, cords and tangles has spread like wildfire in a culture that prizes speed and efficiency. The demand for mobility has affected the way we live and, in turn, the way customers shop. Text-ready thumbs are now interested in making purchases, placing orders online via cell phones and tablets.

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.

06/01/2012 - Robert Greenspan: Wholesale Legend
Robert E. Greenspan is one of the great American wholesale success stories of the last 40 years.

06/01/2012 - MoH Innovates Online
Andrew Kitzenberg of Memory on Hand proves there are also fascinating startup stories in more behind-the-scenes venues like wholesale.

05/01/2012 - Six Secrets of Successful eCommerce
WEB companies need to stay on top of the constantly evolving methods of advertising on the WEB.

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.

05/01/2012 - Western Express For Western Success
The story behind Western Express, the leading wholesale company for cowboy hats, western shirts, belt buckles, and other buckaroo-styled clothing items, starts with a touch of show BUSINESS.

05/01/2012 - Clash of the Retail Titans
There was once a time when Walmart and Amazon grew simultaneously, serving different demographics and merchandising needs.

05/01/2012 - WEB-Only Retailers See Growth
Digital shopping channels are undeniably a growing trend among bargain hunters, special occasion shoppers and even shoppers looking for everyday merchandise.

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

04/01/2012 - 7 Strategy's SEO Expertise
The most important thing for any WEB-based BUSINESS is to rank on the first page of Google and other highly used search engines, attainable with superior Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices.

03/01/2012 - Leading Internet Wholesale Source Surpasses 700,000 Product Milestone
WholesaleCentral.com, the Internet's leading directory of wholesalers and wholesale products, has surpassed the 700,000-item mark in its one-of-a-kind product database.

03/01/2012 - Analyzing Google Analytics
When selling merchandise online, it is not enough to simply track sales.

03/01/2012 - Conklin Fashions
Conklin Fashions offers 10,000 different products, such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, novelty items, body jewelry, sunglasses, and reading accessories available at heavily discounted wholesale prices.

02/01/2012 - Social Media Grows Up
Social media is no longer just for college students and other young adults to announce their Friday night plans.

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.

12/01/2011 - Effective Email Marketing
It seems like many are ready to anoint marketing through social media the wave of the future, and relegate email marketing to a relic of a time gone by.

11/07/2011 - Wholesale Central's improved product search
WholesaleCentral.com, the top-ranked BUSINESS-to-BUSINESS directory of wholesale general merchandise suppliers, today announced the launch of a substantial improvement to their Product Search feature.

11/01/2011 - Profits & Pitfalls of Global eCommerce
The old adage, "Think global, act local," is increasingly obsolete.

11/01/2011 - Novelties & Souvenirs Forecast
Although the economy continues to be sluggish, innovative gift and novelty dealers are finding ways to engage shoppers and bring some fun to a marketplace that desperately needs a few smiles.

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 - Google Universe: Tools To Build Your BUSINESS
For any retailer seeking low cost tools to boost the bottom line, the first place to look is Google.

10/01/2011 - Wholesalers Find Profits By Expanding Sales
In this continually slow economy, shoppers are not flocking to department stores or high-end shops like they once did.

10/01/2011 - International Ecommerce
Beyond America's borders, ecommerce continues to grow in terms of dollar revenue and online shoppers.

09/01/2011 - Optimizing Search Results for Ecommerce
For many ecommerce merchants, customer traffic arrives primarily through search engines, including Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

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.

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