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Should you fear the clothing rental trend?

The prescription to fight flagging sales that many retailers in the apparel world have embraced recently is the subscription program. In recent months a large swath of brands such as Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Ann Taylor, American Eagle, and Vince have all announced plans to launch their own clothing rental programs. What's behind this move by so many big players [...]

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The Real Real is the real deal.

Regular readers may recall us mentioning the Real Real before as a part of your multiplatform online sales strategy but we thought it was high time for a deeper examination. There have been lots of new developments with the company recently. Most notably a successful initial public offering earlier this year, but what has turned this online consignment business into [...]

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The latest developments from the trade war front

Developments in the China trade war have been unfolding rapidly over the last few weeks, so I thought It would be an excellent time to reexamine the current state of affairs. Retailers have been bracing for some time now for the List 4 tariffs, slated to take effect September 1st this round, in particular, has caused some sleepless nights [...]

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The international option that does not cost an arm and a leg

The internet has changed the way we shop. The world today is now one vast marketplace, and resellers such as our readers can reach customers on every continent of the globe. The one big problem is there are not a lot of inexpensive options to do this, and as a US-based seller, you may justifiably feel limited to selling [...]

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FBA is not the only game in town anymore

Back in 2006, when Amazon first launched their Fulfillment by Amazon program, most industry analysts were not throwing around words like innovative or revolutionary to describe it. Quite the contrary, this was 2006, Amazon was big but not the dominant force that it is today. At the time, Fulfillment by Amazon was looked upon as quite a big gamble [...]

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It's a weighty matter

Weights and shipping are a big concern when shopping for liquidation merchandise. Shipping costs can severely impact your bottom line, and you have to make sure you're doing everything you can to minimize these costs. Every dollar spent on shipping is a dollar less you can put into your pocket at the end of the day. Have you ever [...]

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School’s out for summer… but not for not much longer.

To all you parents out there, it’s time to tell your kids to face up to the cold hard truth and to stop crying, because it’s a fact… summer will end and soon. Now some may say I am jumping the gun a bit after all its only mid-July but to anyone in the retail business be it physical [...]

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Your summer to-do list

We are now in the heart of summer, and it is a great time to dust off that old to-do list for your business and start checking off a few of those tasks you have meant to get to over the last few months. If your list is looking a bit bare right now that's ok that's why [...]

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July will be a busy month for online retail

What is the world biggest online shopping day? If you were to guess Cyber Monday, Black Friday or Thanksgiving you would be close but off by a few weeks. It is actually 11-11 or Singles Day as it’s known in China. It’s not technically a holiday, but more of a marketing event that’s been nurtured into a massive consumer [...]

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Is it time to freshen things up?

When was the last time you had a McDonald’s hamburger? Has it been a few months or years perhaps? If so, you are not alone, the golden arches have lost some of their luster. Over the last decade, McDonald’s has seen a steady decline in sales and market share as newer players have entered the fast food arena and [...]

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