New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Fall/Winter 2014 revealed new colors, shapes and designs that will shake up your product selection, and enhance your customers’ wardrobes. As fashion moves away from delicate and dainty, it ventures boldly into bulky looks and strong colors that scream, “Look at me!”
April 2014 Issue
Self Defense Supply distributes a huge assortment of knives, blowguns, stun guns, pepper spray, survivalist gear, security systems and more. While the firm started out selling only self-defense items, it has expanded into other categories and now carries more than 4,000 products.
Your day as a retailer starts like any other; you tidy up the store, open to a bright shiny day, and happily begin selling your products to a loyal following. When, just a few hours in, a customer is standing at the point of sale prepared to make a sizable purchase. However this time something is different: you swipe their card and nothing happens. You try to connect to a supplier’s website and it does not work either. In the pit of your stomach a feeling comes over you that you know all too well. The Internet is down…
More than just miniature versions of adult clothing, children’s wear is equal parts sugar, spice, and everything nice. Retailers can help shoppers maximize the cute quotient, and up the fun level by offering versatile, functional, and fashionable options.
Specialty retail is a promising category for small business operators. Whether starting a new business or expanding into another product line, carts and kiosks offer retailers the opportunity to run rewarding businesses in choice locations.
Smartphones and tablets are changing the way consumers shop, and ecommerce retailers need to be ready with mobile shopping solutions. Shopgate is a leader in developing mobile websites for smartphones and tablets, and also produces special apps for iOS and Android devices. Founded in 2009 by the two CEOs, Ortwin Kartmann and Andrea Anderheggen, and Dieter Kartmann, CSO, the firm now serves around 5,200 merchants.
After-market cell phone accessories are an expansive and growing industry, with projected sales of more than $50 billion by 2015. The number of active cell phones will reportedly reach 7.3 billion this year, and the average mobile phone owner in the U.S. spends roughly $60 on accessories over the life of one phone.
Nearly every retail shop, from clothing boutiques to convenience stores, can benefit from carrying a variety of accessories to complement their line of goods. For summer, undergarments and hair accessories are easy add-on items that offer merchants sure sales and good profit margins.
T-shirts are popular sellers year-round, and sales really heat up as the weather gets warmer. Simply Southern Tees stays on top of the latest fashions, and designs and produces the hottest looks in country and Christian themed t-shirts, says Ginger Aydogdu, owner.
The U.S. domestic toy market is huge, with sales of $22 billion last year. Toys are always great gifts for special occasions and holidays, as well as just for fun.