Shipping Solutions From LSC

As prices plummet and soar at the gas pump, calculating and managing shipping costs can be a real drain on a retailer’s business. There’s no getting around the need to move goods from sellers to buyers, but the costs involved (from researching many shipping rates to grappling with big carriers who give good rates to […]

Knowing What Your Customers Want


One of the most reliable methods for retailers to gain an understanding of consumer tastes is tracking the spending habits of customers.

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Independent Retailers Grapple with Credit Concerns


The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishing Market is one of the biggest market expos of its kind. Retailers from all over the world converge on the even to order products, and in July, the event also featured a Retailer to Retailer Breakfast Seminar.

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The NRF Joins with Visa to Minimize Payment Card Data Stored By Merchants


Visa announced it will be joining with the National Retail Federation (NRF) in an effort to reduce the storage of sensitive information in merchant payment systems, calling for the elimination of account information whenever possible.

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The Value of Email Marketing


There is currently a shift happening in the way companies view email as a tool for merchandise marketing campaigns.

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Latest Wholesale Data Show Big Year-Over-Year Boost


Sales of goods at the wholesale level held steady over the last month but rose substantially over the year, according to the most recent data from the Census Bureau.

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Total Retail Sales Grow; E-Commerce Sales Grow Faster


Online retail sales jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to an AdWeek report citing U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

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In Mixed Retail Forecast, Look for Cost-Cutting, New Products Through 2012


Faced with “increasingly demanding customers,” consumer goods and retail companies are responding with a slew of new products — 60 percent of companies surveyed in a recent report say that they are rolling out new products or variations on old ones.

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Moms Turn to Web

About 85 percent of online moms say having a baby changed their purchasing habits, according to the, “21st Century Mom,” report, a study published by BabyCenter, an online community for expectant and new moms, according to eMarketer, New York, NY, a firm providing digital intelligence to help business people make better decisions. Mothers control an […]

10 Startup Tips

Here are 10 tips that the editors of Cover have gathered at recent business meetings for starting a new business: Outline your company’s mission statement, goals and define your corporate culture. Outline your business plan. It is critical to have a detailed business plan for the first 60 days, the first six months and the […]