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Trade Only Rebrands to Customer Focus
March 9, 2015

Trady Only has rebranded itself to Customer Focus, effective March 1. The move reflects the Costa Mesa, California-based company's commitment to providing Web technology to its increasingly global customer base.

Humbled Amazon Turns to Rival Alibaba for Help in China
March 6, 2015

Amazon.com is hurting in China, and looking weaker. Yesterday, Chinese reporters discovered that Amazon had opened a store on rival Alibaba Group Holdings’ Tmall platform, a website for verified brands like Nike, Apple and P&G to sell to Chinese shoppers.


Tmall is a prized venue for Western brands trying to reach Chinese consumers, who are concerned about product safety and avoiding fraudulent goods. Brands pay service fees to run their own stores on the site. Alibaba’s other major platform, Taobao, connects millions of small sellers with buyers, who can find just about anything but have to worry about fake goods.

Why You Have to Be Transparent in Your Business
March 6, 2015

Being transparent in your business is very important in the age of digital marketing and social media. You can Google just about anyone or anything. Dig harder and you can find the truth even if they won’t admit it. Being transparent is more than being honest, it’s building an honest relationship. As in real life relationships, those built on lies never last.

For my business, I do my best to be as transparent as possible. I will own up to my mistakes, no matter how embarrassing they are or even if they will cost me a client or business relationship.

9 Big Obstacles Small Businesses Face and Some Solutions
March 6, 2015

Last week’s Main Street Forum (NYC) focused on the challenges small business owners face in growing and running their businesses. The resounding themes of the forum were—what is the definition of a small business and how can companies selling small business services make running a small business easier?

The Main Street Forum, hosted by Infusionsoft, brought together executives from companies and organizations focused on providing solutions to small businesses: American Express, OnDeck, Wix and SCORE participated.

Graphic Design USA Magazine Honors InnerWorkings
March 5, 2015

Chicago-based InnerWorkings has been selected as a winner of Graphic Design USA Magazine’s 2015 American Package Design Awards for its creative execution work developed for PNC Financial Services.

Customs Seizes Children’s Bags at Houston Seaport
March 5, 2015

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced yesterday its officers had confiscated more than 6,000 children’s backpacks and lunch bags on two different occasions. Both times authorities determined the China exports had extremely high levels of lead.

17 Percent of Employees Would Rather Watch Paint Dry Than Attend Meetings
March 5, 2015

They may be called "status meetings" "check-ins" "team meetings" or "updates." You may have them once a month, once a week, once a day or once every quarter. They all have one thing in common: Your employees hate them.

It might surprise you to learn just how much. In a recent Harris poll, sponsored by the online collaboration company Clarizen, 46 percent of respondents said they'd prefer to do almost anything else instead of sitting in a status meeting. Seventeen percent said they would choose to watch paint dry. Eight percent said they would opt for root canal.