Meet the Bouncies


Bouncies are handcrafted figures made of solid wood that bounce. The wood comes from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic, the clothing on many of the Bouncies comes from Hungary, and the lead free paint comes from Germany. Bouncies have been sold in Europe for the last decade, but Ammon USA is […]

Kiosk Demo Product with Healing Twist

Question: What does it take to draw weary, economically distressed mall shoppers to your kiosk, and then have them enthusiastically lay out dollars for your merchandise? Answer: Strong demo products with a “wow” factor that relieve customer aches and pains right on the spot if that is what they wish. So says John Scheerz, Director […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Costco Copyright Infringement Case


The suit comes as a result of Costco’s reselling of luxury Swiss watches procured from third-party sources.

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Keeping Customer Information Safe


Identity theft can be a very serious problem–both for customers themselves, as well as for businesses whose reputations are at stake.

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Twitter Introduces "Promoted Tweets"


Advertisers will be able to select keywords they want their marketing messages to appear under when Twitter users do a search for those particular terms.

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The Importance of Coaching Employees


Coaching employees is a key element of management, and can help you develop a better relationship with your workers, resulting in higher productivity and greater morale.

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Postal Service to Test-Market Product Sampling


Starting in May, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be testing out product sampling in a number of key markets.

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Losing Ad Bucks?

Search for any local business on Google; for example, “Hair Salon Las Vegas,” or, “Masonry Las Vegas,” and you will see a map with several business listings on top of the organic results. These listings get the best spot on the page, are free, and you don’t even need a website to get listed there, […]

Time for SBA Loan?

Bankers slammed the door on lending to most retailers and other small business people at the end of 2008 and the first part of 2009, as they themselves soaked up billions of dollars in bailout money from the federal government. Now there are signs that the purse strings may be loosening, at least where Small […]

More Profits With Pop-Ups

For the independent retailer who wants to grab bigger profits next holiday season, consider a pop-up store! That’s right, a store that pops up virtually out of nowhere, serves customers for a defined period of time, and then disappears. The pop-up is a win win for retailers of all sizes, because they are able to […]