Business Assessment Tool

Why do so many businesses fail? For one thing, too many entrepreneurs get all their advice from people who know everything about being encouraging, and nothing about what it takes to start a successful business., a leading information site for helping new business owners develop small business plans, headquartered in San Diego, CA, has […]

Frugal Fatigue

Here is some good news for independent retailers who sell apparel. According to The NPD Group, Inc. (, a market research company headquartered in Port Washington, NY, the U.S. apparel market, while in negative territory for 2009, showed signs of coming back to life as the year ended. Between frugal fatigue and pent up demand, […]

Boom in ASD Attendance

The ASD Las Vegas trade show reported a significant increase in attendance over 2009. Held at the Sands Expo Center and Las Vegas Convention Center, February 28 – March 3, the show featured over 2,400 exhibitors displaying hundreds of thousands of products across 100 categories, including Gift, Jewelry, Style & Beauty and Value & Variety. […]

Salary Report

The higher the salaries, the better it is for the retailer. That’s why a recent salary report by the Conference Board, based in New York City, is not great news. With total salary increase budgets now barely exceeding inflation, even top performers may be just keeping up with cost of living increases, according to The […]

Google Leaves China


In the latest development in its ongoing struggle with China, Google has made the move to shut down its China search engine.

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UK Bike Manufacturer Partners with Independent Retailers in US


The popular British bicycle maker Giant has worked out a plan to branch out into the United States,

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Boom in Trade Show Attendance

Las Vegas

The ASD Las Vegas trade show reported a significant increase in attendance over 2009.

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Marketing Survey Reveals Common Concerns


A recent survey conducted by research company Unica seems to indicate that worrying about measuring results and increasing effectiveness is pretty much universal.

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Major Clothes Retailer Proclaims the Return of the Luxury Shopper


Neiman Marcus recently enjoyed a new surge in profit, leading CEO Burt Tansky to postulate that luxury shoppers are beginning to come out of hiding.

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Part Timers Spur Economy

Any job growth helps retailers, because it puts money in the pockets of consumers. At least one expert predicts a dramatic increase in part time workers as 2010 progresses; from the current 13 percent of employees to 39 percent this year. “This is good news for boomers, seniors and retirees, as these demographics are often […]