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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Jack Schacht, former trade exchange owner located in
Chicago, built one of the largest and finest independent
trade exchanges in the United States. Since selling his
operation to IMSBarter, back some five or so years ago, he
has moved into another ambitious endeavor. You can see what
that is by going to his web site (above) where over 10,000
products are available. A portion of every purchase one
makes goes to your selected charity.
Americans Still Doing Fine
One in 106 Americans is a millionaire according to a recent
article in Investopedia. And 31% of the world’s “high net
worth individuals” with a million in assets beyond their
home live on this continent. Experts say the key to building
prosperity is to be patient, and pay yourself first by
setting some money aside each month. Begin to save at a
young age and set goals and realistic plans…you do need a
Shredding The Plastic Continues
TransUnion, a Chicago-based credit researcher says 8 million
Americans have cut up their plastic. The recession is the
major factor. There are now 78 million U.S. consumers who do
not have a credit card.
The average U.S. credit card debt fell by more than 11% over
the past year, and delinquencies declined by nearly 25%.
Both of which are good signs.
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IMS Barter’s Online
Sales Hit New Records, Expansion Planned For 2011
International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:ITNM), a worldwide leader in
business-to-business barter services, announced the kick-off of its
first Cyber Holiday Season, entitled “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
John Strabley, Executive Vice President of IMS said, “This new
online program, which was made possible through the implementation
of our new software system, provides us with a much stronger
platform as an e-tailer and has the potential to become one of the
most successful promotions that we have ever done.
“IMS members already have a great advantage over their peers and
competitors who are not involved in the trade exchange,” Strabley
continued. “Our clients can fulfill their holiday shopping needs
without cash, but also are able to purchase everything at the
wholesale cost of their own products. This powerful economic tool of
barter helps them move their excess inventory, conserve their cash,
and be more profitable at the end of the year. Because of its
success, we intend to expand our e-commerce platform in the coming
“The Twelve Days of Christmas,” provides IMS members with a large
selection of highly desirable items that are specifically offered
only through the online marketplace. Each morning for the first
twelve days of December, opt-in IMS clients receive an e-mailed
marketing announcement listing that day's featured items, and an
invitation to shop the entire inventory of merchandise presently
Unlike traditional e-commerce sites, which are usually hosted by one
retailer or are a collection of small sellers, the IMS marketplace
currently lists products of more than 250 merchants whose average
offerings total more than $48,000. On any given day, there are $12
million to $15 million worth of products available.
After just the first two days of implementation, online sales volume
was up more than 700% over the same period last year, and the
company’s overall Internet traffic has also set new records. In
addition, the program has attracted several of IMS’ corporate barter
clients who are making significant purchases to satisfy their
corporate holiday shopping needs. The highest volume of buying has
been done on merchandise such as jewelry, electronics, household
products and other gift items.
Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On
Valuable New Business?
your barter company’s listing on BarterNews.com isn’t current, you
are definitely missing out on new business. The web site
BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic — with over 150,000 page-views
every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the
thousands of articles, the weekly “Tuesday
Report,” and the “Contacts
Section” of our site. They use the latter to find barter
companies with which to do business.
your barter company’s listing up-to-date?
keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A)
update any changes to your company’s listing, such as new location,
phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company
has not been listed.
Here’s how to get on board:
make changes to your listing
UC Monthly Trading
Record Shattered As It Approaches $900,000
During the month of November, 2010, Universal Currency set a new
monthly record of $868,318 in trade volume. The previous record of
$699,654 was set in July of 2008. This new UC record represents a
substantial $168,664 increase (and a 20% rise) in trade activity
over the previous record breaking month.
“The UC Members’ participation in the Greenapple Pittsburgh Trade
Show definitely impacted this huge monthly trade volume increase,”
offered IRTA Executive Director Ron Whitney. “The addition of Patty
Weston, an experienced barter broker, has elevated customer service
to a new level. Industry members are realizing that UC is the most
effective clearinghouse currency for trade exchanges.”
Universal Currency is the largest modern trade and barter
industry-owned trading platform, providing services for nearly 100
of the world’s leading barter exchanges. UC will continue to expand
its offerings on www.ucci.biz and grow its membership base
both in the U.S. and internationally.
more info call Ron Whitney at 757-393-2292,
email@example.com or Patty Weston
at 321-397-2050, firstname.lastname@example.org.
International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter
Section. If YOUR exchange isn’t listed see the forms on the lower
left of the page. (Click
Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month
visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have
names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange
isn’t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the
situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click
Change In Charitable
Harris Poll queried people on how the economy has changed charitable
behavior between 2008 to 2010. Here are the results ...
42% — 2008
36% — 2010
Give smaller amounts:
28% — 2008
31% — 2010
Give to fewer organizations:
25% — 2008
19% — 2010
made any donations:
7% — 2008
12% — 2010
11% — 2008
11% — 2010
13% — 2008
4% — 2010