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    ...cused of selling ordinary pork as organic pork in the southwestern city of Chongqing. As a result, some Wal-Mart stores will close temporarily. “We have agreed to temporarily close some stores in Chongqing for 15 days. We believe this will allow us to complete comprehensive actions to upgrade the standards in these Chongqing stores,” said a Wal-Mart spokesperson in a statement. The official Xinhua news agency said late Sunday that Ch...

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    Google recently announced availability of its Google Trusted Stores program. As shown below, Trusted Stores provides online shoppers with information on retailer performance in shipping and customer service. According to Google Shopping Manager Tom Fallows, the ~50 retailers testing the program since last October experienced a 3.1 percent increase in conversion rates and a 5.5 percent increase in average order size with the Trusted Stores progra...

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    ...shoppers are holding back on spending because of the uncertain future. Such conditions bode well for the dollar stores where people fill their cart and spend little money. The three national dollar store chains are Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree; however, there are also the independents and smaller chains like “99 cents only” stores. TopTenWholesale client Wally Lee of JC Sales, is director of marketing and technology for one of t...

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    LOS ANGELES – Best Time Fashion is one of the largest distributors, wholesalers, and importers of women’s scarves, shawls, and ladies belts in the entire west coast. With the ability to supply the bulk of the west coast market in the USA Canada, Mexico, and South Africa markets with competitive prices, quality, and fashionable designs, the fashion giant has a vast network of suppliers and dealers who can get the best goods every time...

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    Wholesalers in the pet care industry should know that pet products has been one of the fastest growing niche retail markets for several years now. The overwhelming success of the retail chain Petco is a testament to the economic prowess of puppies and the people who love them, as is the fact that more than half of all American homes have at least one dog or cat. A more practical eye looking to substantiate this claim should consider that by the...

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       We are half way through National Sewing Month. But to every crafting ghoul, decorative ghost, SuperMom seamstress and trick-or-treat princess in need of sparkle dust and a feather boa … that means we are six sewing weeks away from the Big H – Halloween. (More Dollar Store products for the Sewing Crowd, below.) Halloween costumes are not just for kids anymore. (Why should children get all the Great Pumpkin’s candy and bootie??) So, those Big a...

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  • 04/18/06--15:04: On Pets and Profits
  • ...pon the animals comforting presence as companions. Why we have become so attached to our furry housemates is one best left to psychologist and social historians but there is no denying how important a role pets play in modern life. We have even reached a point with pet obsession where celebrities such as Paris Hilton seem to regard them as fashion accessories.A very good example of the depth of our affection for our pets is Stokes Cats. Stan Stok...

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    ...best, and they have over 5,000 different items in 35 categories to choose from. While their specialty is dollar stores, it’s no surprise that their items sell well in all types of retail stores, and they also carry many higher-price-point items as well, offered as a wide variety of wholesale closeouts. They want to be your main source of value merchandise for your store, and they are constantly receiving new wholesale items, even making it...

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    ...or t-shirts in every style and color for barbeques and many other summer activities. You can get a great deal on bulk t-shirts at The Adair Group because this wholesale supplier gives buyers a Best Price Guarantee. The Adair Group can give you the best prices on bulk t-shirts, fleece and polos. They carry trusted brands including Gildan, Hanes, Anvil and more. We interviewed co-owner Jordan Adair and asked what gives Adair a competitive advantag...

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    ...chnology, and personnel) to help manage bigger businesses. Retail Change Agents You could say that the dollar stores have become retail change agents because they are changing the way America shops. They’re changing the competitive landscape and the way bulk merchandise suppliers view this retail channel. Changes in Shopping Habits Dollar stores are gaining in popularity and market share as consumers recognize their price/value/convenience pro...

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    ...standing commercial reputation. According to sales manager Stewart Zhou, “We concentrate on supplying the best service together with the high quality and inexpensive products for  customers abroad, as well as offering the best solution to sourcing and pricing, walkthrough and feedback.” Products by Anhui Light Industries Int’l. Co., Ltd. caters to all types of consumers – from individuals to wholesale buyers. The company deals mainly...

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    ...Edge · Off-price Buyers Are Still Ahead. Fortune’s Kapner pointed to December sales, which said most department stores had double-digit drops, while discount merchandisers didn’t lose as much business or had sales only “flatten.” Does that sound like all-bad discounter news? Explained Kapner: Retail analysts said off-pricers would have done better than “flat” sales if they were not competing with “upscale” department stores who entered off-price...

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    ..., they do not have an online store. This means that they definitely lose some customers to stores that do have an online presence. Customers increasingly want the convenience of finding deals online and not having to go into stores. While similar stores such as TJ Maxx have opened stores internationally, Ross Stores has continued to only expand in the United States. This means they are missing out on extra revenue. These are all reasons why...

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    ...r. This proves to be a very interesting contrast between the two companies. Currently, Macy’s has 730 stores after the closure of the 40 by the spring of this year. The company had stated that it wanted to operated excellent stores in their best locations to serve both local customers that walk in the doors and those who order from across the country. Macy’s acknowledged the changing retail landscape as one of the reasons for this change. Macy’s...

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    ...also important to consider that Apple has possibly taken action against a number of illegitimate sellers. Another fact that may contribute to the drop in sales at these fake stores is that Apple has been expanding their real stores across China. They now have 33 retail stores in China, with the intention of having at least 40 this year. When it comes to numbers, Apple still has some catching up to do. In the United States, Apple has 53 retail...

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    Department stores are being killed by the influx of discount stores. Research shows that 2 out of 3 Americans prefer to shop at discount stores over department stores, due to trying to find the best price, rather than to pay full price for what they want or need. When the American nation was in a recession, our consumers began to gravitate more and more to discount stores. Even once the economy stabilized somewhat, consumers continued to return...

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    ...ll are positive about the smaller stores, there are still some analysts who believe this is a limited growth opportunity: “A store in downtown Manhattan is interesting, but is it scalable?” said Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock. “Wal-Mart couldn’t make it work with a better logistical network. It makes you wonder how Target is going to succeed.” This isn’t the first time a big box retailer is taking on smaller stores, Wal Mart tried and...

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    ...ular store. Even so, that is not the best plan of action for all companies; some have decided to take their business solely online. Read on to find out the best elements of the consumer experience to add to your own store to best compete. Have a Digitally-Integrated Business to Some Degree It is a prerequisite to have a digitally-integrated business. The percentage of business that will be conducted online with vary from company to company. For...

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    ...Whether it is Dollar General, Dollar Tree or Family Dollar… discount stores are one of the hottest retail spaces in your local strip mall. And, actually now in the entire retail sector. In fact, off-price general merchandise stores and closeout stores are helping sustain momentum in retail sales. Amid a soul-crushing year for retail, discount stores have opened more stores than closed them and many of them have been erected in new markets....

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    Privacy is a sensitive topic. Increasingly, consumers have been ditching it for the sake of convenience. We now live in the time of auto-pay, and Alexa knows the ins and outs of our daily lives. Not so long ago, we feared e-commerce’s use of cookies to make personal recommendations based on our observed interests. The Price of Personalization Digital personalization technologies offer practical ways for businesses to capture and control...