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With no sign of slowing down, the eBay drop-off store trend is in full force this week with several announcements of new store openings.
QuikDrop Enters Long Island, New York
iSold It Franchise to Enter Ten New States by September
"When potential franchisees compare iSold It with other concepts, they quickly see the company's strength is in retail execution," says Richard Tjan, iSold It Franchisee in Rancho Cucamonga, California. "The iSold It team emphasizes marketing, store operations, and customer satisfaction. The result - busy, smooth running store - is very appealing to franchisees."
In preparation for its planned expansion, iSold It has moved into new corporate offices that include a fully-working store that serves as the franchise training facility. "Building a successful national chain requires a significant investment in infrastructure," said Elise Wetzel, Founder and President of iSold It.
The concept for iSold It was created by Elise Wetzel as she was helping to fundraise for a new playground at her children's school. Elise recognized that auctioning donated items on eBay could be a powerful fundraising tool, especially if there were a service that helped make it easy. iSold It, LLC is a privately held company funded in part by the founders of Wetzel's Pretzels, a chain of fresh baked pretzel stores with over 200 locations. iSold It is available for franchising nation-wide.
A7 Consignment Opens in Sacramento
SoldSmart Runs Australian Drop-off Stores
Auction Frog Opens in Indianapolis
NuMarkets Releases Software, Announces 2000 Locations by 2008
Simple Software enables NuMarkets Selling and Shipping Centers tools and processes to run a full eBay consignment business. Highlighted functionality includes Automated Image Capture, Bar Coded Inventory Management and warehousing, Production of Auction Listings, Autowriter Knowledge base for automated script generation, batch listings for multi locations, automated PayPal extraction to order fulfillment, consignor sales reporting and payment, financial and accounting reporting, productivity management tools and Centralized Commerce Support Services.
“The software solutions that are available today in the marketplace fall short on performance to run a full eBay consignment and shipping business and are designed to function as auction management software,” said Russ Grove President & CEO. Having franchise owners provide local in-store processing with NuMarkets’ centralized hub and spoke data transfer are key functions to position NuMarkets as the low cost producer in this exciting new space of eBay consignment selling. We have taken all the difficult and technology related functions out of the equation for the franchise owners and provide a NuMarkets Centralized Commerce Support Center that will allow the franchises to focus on their mission of providing outstanding service to it customers. “
NuMarkets is based in Etowah, Tennessee.
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