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Starting 2012 Right: Make a Clean Sweep
Part 2 in a series on refreshing your approach to business success.
by Kat Simpson
Let's get radical! Let's do something crazy! Let's face it, you've read all the articles about clearing the piles on your desk, the files on the floor and getting organized. Have they helped, or does your desk still look like mine?
That's what I thought. So let's try something different. Read story.
Sourcing Closeup: TopTenWholesale.com
A look at one of the myriad international trading sites that cater to e-merchants
by Brad and Debra Schepp
Sweetheart Deals for Buyers and You, Part 1
Can 'daily deal' sites work for your business?
by Olga Munoz
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PowerSeller to Lead Auctiva.com
Senior product manager announces plans to retire.
The largest third-party developer of eBay tools will soon have a new product manager and a "strong advocate" for its customers: an eBay seller of more than 12 years. Read story.
Etsy Adds Direct Checkout
Alternative payment feature available to U.S. merchants.
Online Sales Near $50B in Q4
Ten shopping days surpass $1B mark.
eBay Warns Weather May Impact Deliveries
Urges patience, communication between buyers and sellers in U.K., Australia.
Kabbage Hires Former Amazon Exec
Wheeler to expand the cash-advance service to more marketplaces.
Facebook Eyes Payments Market
IPO to fund investments in payments system and apps partnerships.
Valentine's Sales to Sweeten Sellers' Day
Shoppers expected to spend big on their loved ones.
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Oh là LuLu's
Having your garments and accessories featured on the pages of popular fashion magazines like Cosmo, Glamour, InStyle, Seventeen and others is a dream for any online fashion boutique, and for a mother-and-daughter duo who started their store in a small city in Northern California it's been a dream come true.
Colleen Winter, co-owner of LuLus.com, and her mother, Debra Cannon, started their boutique in 1996. Back then, the shop was a vintage "buy, sell and trade" apparel store on a small side street in Chico, CA, Winter recalls. Today, the brick-and-mortar shop has gone online, and LuLus.com has grown into a multi-million dollar operation, gaining notoriety around the world. Read story.
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Auctiva.com's Product Manager to Retire
For the last four-plus years, I have been privileged to be the product manager for Auctiva.com. During this time, we broke a lot of new ground, and the site grew and evolved—a lot. These years have been both exciting and challenging, and I'm glad I was a part of it. Read more.
Wacky Listing of the Week
A Valentine Gift to Share
This Valentine's Day, why not give the gift that says "Your hands are cold"? This set of mittens-for-two features a shared glove that means nothing need come between yours and your sweetie's hands, even in the chilliest of weather. The Poland-based seller claims these are quite popular there, where they know a thing or two about cold winters.
In response to "Amazon Reminds S.C. Buyers to Pay Taxes," one reader writes: "Oh, please. Since Amazon is building the new facility in South Carolina with a BIG tax credit, they should be collecting the S.C. sales taxes themselves." Read the entire thread, and post your response.
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