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Independent Retailer April 2013

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The April 2013 issue of Independent Retailer Magazine features an article about how Carts and Kiosks can be a cost-effective alternative to a traditional storefront. Check out more timely Product Trends, News, and Marketing tips here:

  • Biodegradable Bag for Malodorous Waste
    OdorNo Odor-Barrier disposable bags are planet friendly vessels that conceal the scents of everyday waste from diapers, incontinence, pets, garbage and more. “With our innovative and proprietary technology, our bags truly block odor, whereas other bags have odor technology but you can still smell the waste through the bag,” explains Garrett Fortune, founder and CEO [...]
  • name-in-the-frameCart & Kiosk Strategies
    For entrepreneurs contemplating starting a small business, or expanding into a new product line, carts and kiosks are an option worth exploring. Compared to the costs of establishing a fixed retail location, the investment required for this type of sales venue is considerably less and does not require a lengthy license agreement. Shopping malls typically [...]
  • 22Apr13_GM-2DayClocks for Perfectly Timed Sales
    Timing is everything, in business as in life, as DayClocks® inventors John Kallestad and Mark Pierce discovered many years ago. The idea for the Classic DayClock, which focuses on the days of the week rather than on the exact time, was born in the heart of Nevada in the middle of July. Friends Pierce and [...]
  • 19Apr13_GM-1Facebook Gets Facelift
    Facebook Inc. recently revealed a new look for its News Feed that provides a more visual, personalized appearance, similar to a well-curated magazine, says Facebook’s director of design, Julie Zhuo. The updated feed also organizes content by type, such as “All Friends,” “Photos,” “Music” and “Following.” The News Feed, which displays updates from friends and [...]
  • 13Apr13_GM-1Flash Sales Spark Business
    The practice of running flash sales has grown into a $2 billion business, and visits to the top five flash sales websites nearly doubled in 2012, according to comScore, Inc. “For retailers, flash sales can be an extremely effective tool in capturing consumers’ attention, getting them to their site and enticing them to buy not [...]
  • 01Apr13_GM-LandV-1Fragrances & Scented Products: The Formula for Success
    Consumers crave an aromatic environment, and scented products continue to have broad appeal as affordable gifts as well as staple household purchases. Today’s wholesalers make it easier than ever for retailers to sell a variety of fragrant products, such as perfumes, lamps, body oils, incense sticks and burners, and candles, at great profit margins. L&V [...]
  • funkyGift Trend Has Memorable Twist
    Nostalgic gifts continue to be all the rage, as people of all ages and tastes are drawn to products that showcase their favorite stars, characters and even candies. Funky Town LLC caters to consumers’ penchant for period products with its selection of high quality gift products including blankets, drink ware, beach towels, bumper magnets and [...]
  • Ben T. SmithHigh-Touch Shopping: Brick & Mortars' Invaluable Weapon
    By Ben T. Smith IV, CEO of Wanderful Media Shopping is a social activity that, in its earlier incarnations, was a bartering interaction, where negotiation and fairness were expected when trading goods. Later, the fixed store became a meta-gathering place, and then malls provided additional amenities to augment the experience, including restaurants, entertainment and even [...]
  • 15Apr13_GM-1Hot Summer Accessories
    When it comes to the top accessories for spring and summer, bright sunglasses, lightweight hats and breezy scarves lead the way, and New York City’s Broadway Sun Ben Trading, Inc., offers retailers a line of high fashion sunglasses, scarves, gloves, hats, leggings and apparel. The company both imports and manufactures its merchandise, and has a [...]
  • Keep Bugs at Bay
    No one likes to have their personal space invaded by mosquitos, gnats, flies and no-see-ums, and consumers are looking for ways to safely protect themselves and their families from these annoying pests without the use of messy, and often toxic, bug sprays. Retailers who incorporate Bandz and Spotz, DEET-free, citronella-infused insect repellent products from Mosquitno, [...]
  • NYIGF to Become NY NOW Summer 2013

    The event will take place August 17-21 at the Javits Center and Pier 94 in NYC with new branding, “NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle.”

  • 14Apr13_GM-1Plush Toys Charm Consumers
    I Heart Guts’ plush toys charm customers with their quirky shapes and sayings, including the “I Lung Rock ‘n’ Roll” lung, the, “I’m a Liver Not a Fighter” liver, and the, “I Ache for You” stomach. “It started with stickers and shirts. People loved the characters and we’ve had a huge demand for the plush,” [...]
  • salesupRetail Sales Up
    February retail sales exceeded expectations, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce, despite headwinds caused by extreme weather in the Northeast and a continued adjustment to higher payroll taxes. Monthly retail sales figures for February totaled $421.4 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous month, and 4.6 percent over February [...]
  • 20Apr13_GM-1SnapRetail Simplifies Marketing
    SnapRetail is a cost-efficient, ready to use marketing solution designed to help get shoppers into independent retailers’ stores. In 2010, after working with retailers for more than a decade, Ted Teele, company CEO, founded the business, which creates an assortment of finished marketing materials, including email, social media, couponing, daily deals and other exclusive offers. [...]
  • 11Apr13_GM-1Sparkly Spring Bangles
    Warm weather that encourages bared skin, vacation wardrobes that require new accessories, and holidays that promote gift giving, such as Mother’s Day, set retailers on the track for strong jewelry sales this spring and summer. Z’s Silver Inc., established in 1996, has a reputation for wholesaling high quality fashion jewelry including bangles, bead bracelets, necklaces, [...]
  • sheshemeStationery & Gifts Up to 70 Percent Off Wholesale
    For retailers who want to expand their existing product lines or add fun impulse items to the mix, She She Me is making it more appealing than ever with its vast line of stationery and gifts for every season. This one-time opportunity enables retailers to stock up on cases of select designer products at up [...]
  • 08Apr13_GM-1Supplier Profile: Nubani Distributors
    NUBANI DISTRIBUTORS, formerly Nubani Trading Company, is a family owned and operated wholesale distributor that specializes in the secondary and closeout market. The company is now a one-stop-shop for thousands of retailers, having added snacks, grocery items, and health & beauty products to its line of confectionary foods.Nubani Trading Company was founded in 1986 by [...]
  • Titanium Sports Necklaces for Health and Beauty
    Consumers are always interested in health and beauty, and products that provide both give retailers twice the opportunity to sell. Titanium sports necklaces, among the hottest selling health products on the market today, double as a fashion accessory and come in dozens of colorful combinations. “Germanium, titanium and negative ions are very powerful chemical elements [...]
  • 07Apr13_GM-1Toilet Tattoos Clean Up
    Toilet Tattoos, removable appliqués for toilet lids, are made in the USA from electrostatic vinyl film and require no adhesive. “They are a hygienic alternative to the rugs typically used to decorate toilets,” says Celeste Massullo, owner of Lena Fioré, Inc., the company that produces the product. “They can be cleaned with a disinfectant spray [...]
  • 18Apr13_GM-4Western Style Natural Palm Hats
    Summit Hats, located in historic Houston, TX, provides retailers with a diverse line of western hats, hat accessories and belts, some made in its factory and others imported from around the world. “We’re introducing a new line of palm hats,” says Ken Tsai, owner of the company. “This style of hats is becoming extremely popular [...]