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.
Online retail sales jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to an AdWeek report citing U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Three dollar stores, led by Dollar General, showed impressive growth on a ranking of the largest U.S. retailers by sales volume.
Many consumers today prefer doing business with smaller, local businesses, according to a recent survey conducted by WebVisible, an online marketing firm. Among the reasons cited for this preference are lower prices, a higher quality of goods and more personalized customer service. Included in the survey’s findings was that four out of five consumers would […]
New York City Mayor Bloomberg recently stopped by Hive at 55, a new workspace at Downtown Manhattan’s Broad Street, to praise the entrepreneurial spirit of Shopkeep.com, the company hosting a launch party there for its newest product, a special point-of-sale software program for independent retailers. The software offers a simple way to run a register, […]
In spite of today’s global economy, catering to the local community is still a highly effective way for an independent retailer to build a strong customer base. For example, a recent report on bike retailers in Washington, DC indicates that they have managed to create loyal customer pools by servicing their local communities. Hyattsville, Maryland […]
Small and medium sized retailers will now be able to design, build and manage their own ecommerce businesses using Amazon.com’s technology. The massive online retailer recently launched a new version of its Amazon Webstore. Included in the changes are a redesigning and simplification of the registration process. “By leveraging Amazon’s technology and infrastructure, Amazon WebStore […]
One of the benefits of a sluggish economy seems to be that leaner times in advertising and media have made it a lot easier for small businesses to market themselves. The costs involved in formulating marketing campaigns, creating ads and placing them are all down, and as a result, marketing has become a lot more […]
An amendment proposed to the recent financial overhaul bills by Democratic Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois seeks to reign in the processing fees charged to retailers for the use of debit cards.
The federal government is now promoting several initiatives designed to kick start small businesses out of the recession. In late April the White House initiated two task forces designed to help award more government work to small business. The first task force is intended to help all small businesses win contracts, and the second specifically […]