Sumner Communications, the largest publisher of business magazines and websites serving independent retailers nationwide, today announced that Cover, the leading trade monthly for independent retail store owners, has been renamed, Independent Retailer, effective with the October, 2010 issue.

Publisher, Woody Sumner, noted, “We selected the name, Independent Retailer, to more accurately describe and identify both the readers of the magazine and the editorial focus of the publication.  For over 20 years, Cover, now Independent Retailer, has been the industry’s first choice for business news and feature stories devoted to all aspects of  independent retail store operations.”  From marketing and management issues to new product news, merchandise trends, employee relations, company profiles and more, Independent Retailer is the monthly business source for independent store owners. is the online counterpart to the print magazine, with substantial original content and business information, plus video and daily updates. “Independent retail store owners now have one clearly defined online and offline business source,” said Sumner.  “The names, Independent Retailer and, combine to solidify the market dominance of these two information leaders serving the independent retail industry.”

Independent Retailer is one of five monthly trade titles from Sumner Communications, the leading publisher of business magazines, websites, and directories serving independent retailers, wholesalers, distributors and closeout buyers. In addition to, the company’s websites include, the oldest (since 1996) and largest website for buying and selling wholesale merchandise.

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Sumner Communications, Inc.
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Bethel, CT 06801
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