2017 Economic Forecast…Looking Good :)

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!!!

Some good news recently projected by Forbes shows a promising future year in sight (hopefully)

“Increasing employment, accelerating wage growth, and improving consumer sentiment, cumulatively result in the perfect formula for increased consumer spending/retail sales, which accounts for approximately 70% of U.S. economic output.  The Conference Board’s […]

Have you considered Stun Guns?

We get asked quite a bit about products that sell well, usually by a supplier who wants to diversify their current inventory.  If you haven’t considered Stun Guns you might be missing out on a great opportunity.

We live in a dangerous world, our loved ones cannot always be near us for protection.  There […]

Maximize Your Trade Show Time

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Reasons to Attend

No matter how small your retail business may be, the benefits of attending a trade show sponsored by vendors or industry associations far outweigh any reason not to attend. These conferences have been developed in order to give retail owners, buyers and managers the opportunity to meet existing suppliers, conduct business meetings, network with others in retail and investigate new products.

If you’re currently struggling to operate your business with few to no employees, chances are you may feel like you don’t have the time to attend a trade show. Consider hiring temporary help, asking family to assist or simply plan to close shop for a day in order to attend the trade show.

Once you’ve decided to attend the trade show, you’ll need to plan ahead. To get the most from attending a trade show, you should have a strategy. Knowing what you would like to accomplish before, during, and after the show will help maximize your time. Here are some trade show planning tips:

Pre-Show Planning

  • Avoid the confusion at the show by pre-registering.
  • Have a goal of what you want to accomplish, such as which vendors to visit, what items you need to purchase, what seminars to attend and which new product lines you’d like to see.
  • Know your inventory needs before the show. More efficient purchasing will save you money by grouping your orders to take advantage of discounts and special offers, as well as keeping you within budget.
  • Set appointments with any vendor you’d like to meet with during the show.
  • Plan to bring any employees who would greatly benefit from attending the trade show. Continue reading Maximize Your Trade Show Time

Flip it…and Get Organized!

 

Live in Flip Flops Launches a New Flip it Calendar

Just in Time for Spring; Flip it…and Get Organized!

 

Northeast Florida business owner, Lou Ann Davis, has just launched a third calendar in the Flip it series;  Flip it…and Get Organized – Tips to Lighten Your Load and Flip Your Day!

 

Similar to the first two “perpetual” calendars in the Flip it series, Flip it…and Get Organized is bursting with 366 daily messages and can be enjoyed beginning ANY day of ANY year. What makes this Flip it particularly unique is the focus on one area of the home each month, offering cost-conscious, time-saving tips such as “Razor blade sharpness will last 10 times longer when blades are dried thoroughly after each use,” “Place an old bookcase in a closet for instant shelving,” “When loading the dishwasher, group forks, knives and spoons in the same compartment, making unloading utensils a snap,” and on July 3rd, “The power of a list is not that it reminds you of what needs to be done, but instead, it frees you to forget.”

 

Each Flip it…and Get Organized includes a built-in easel stand and can be adorned with a miniature flip-flop charm, adding a colorful dimension to this daily “de-clutter and get-organized” guide.  These signature charms can be custom-made to match a particular décor or add a pop of color to signify your favorite team or school.

 

Flip It Calendar!

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International Orders - Good or Bad?

 

Processing International Orders – Use Caution

International fraud is a growing global phenomenon. The threat of fraud can come from anywhere in the world, and the proceeds of fraudulent transactions can be spirited away across borders, requiring lengthy, costly and complex processes to repatriate stolen funds.

There will always be those who take advantage of others. Businesses will never be free of fraudsters but they can take steps to avoid them. Here are a few good practice suggestions.

 

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What good is a deal if no one is taking advantage?

As business owners we do a lot to prepare for the Holiday Buying Season. Stocking up on the latest and hottest products, offering year end deals and specials…the list goes on and on. None of these things matter if you are not being found, without new buyers to purchase stock we are sunk. What good is a deal if no one is taking advantage?

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Get up early and head over to the Flea Market.

Flea Markets! Flea Markets! And more Flea Markets!

Flea Markets and the wholesale industry go together like peanut butter and jelly.  There is an enormous vendor population that derives their goods directly from wholesale suppliers. This relationship has continued to grow more and more over the last decade.  Many consumers have taken to […]

Being your best at the SHOW

Trade Shows can be fantastic with just a little pre-planning.

Why Go?

No matter how small your retail business may be, the benefits of attending a trade show sponsored by vendors or industry associations far outweigh any reason not to attend. These conferences allow retail owners, buyers and managers the opportunity to meet existing suppliers, conduct business meetings, network with others in retail and investigate new products.

If you’re currently struggling to operate your business with few to no employees, chances are you may feel like you don’t have the time to attend a trade show. Consider hiring temporary help, asking family to assist or simply plan to close shop for a day in order to attend the trade show.

Once you’ve decided to attend the trade show, you’ll need to plan ahead. To get the most from attending a trade show, you should have a strategy. Knowing what you would like to accomplish before, during, and after the show will help maximize your time.

Here are some trade show planning tips:

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But you said it was FREE ??

In today’s tough economy the term free has the ability to grab ones attention quite quickly.Wholesale buyers seem to be reaching their bottom lines sooner than expected these days. Any opportunity to extend that bottom line with free benefits is always well appreciated. Well it seems as though some are capitalizing on this attractive […]

Let's keep things professional

Don’t lose your cool when it comes to the competition.

When suppliers compete buyers win. Quite simply, discounts increase and greater opportunity to find that special deal exists. In the past losing a client to the competition was taken grimly on the chin.

Today that same loss could potentially be the knock-out punch that puts your business down for the count. Some suppliers may feel the impulse to panic and may decide to take the low road by engaging in “mud slinging”.

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Throwing mud at your competitor may get them dirty, but nobody likes a bully. In fact they may actually punish you for it. In many countries, the law recognizes the value of reputation and credibility. Both libel (a false and damaging publication) and slander (a false and damaging oral statement) are often punishable by law and could result in compensation or fines for damages done or even imprisonment. Continue reading Let’s keep things professional

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