Loss prevention has entered the digital age. Some of the latest advancements to stop shoplifters are security cameras that can be monitored from a cell phone or home office, specialty tags to stop shoppers from buying garments with the intent of wearing them once and returning them, and tags that beep if a pin is tampered with, a lanyard is cut, or the thief tries to grab an item and run.
December 2013 issue
Souvinart™ Image Centers by Pictoura are touch screen kiosks that allow consumers to select and produce high quality images on fine art canvas in minutes. Owing to a brand new process and cloud technology, tourists, travelers and everyone can create a spectacular gift or keepsake for low cost.
Building customer loyalty is essential for brick and mortar merchants, and today that requires online customer appreciation. Not only will this encourage engagement on your social networks, but it also will keep your brand top-of-mind when your customers decide where to shop. Your independent business will thrive as long as you address online comments and questions as attentively as you would in your retail store. Here are four tips to help you do just that.
Jewelry is an essential fashion item for most women, and for many men and children as well. Retailers who offer these accessories in a range of styles, materials and prices stand to profit this spring and all year long. Italgem Steel Group, launched in 2004, wholesales a wide variety of bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces, rings, cuff links, money clips, tie bars and key chains in hip yet tasteful looks. “Our mission is to design trendy men’s and women’s steel and silver jewelry at affordable prices,” states Sam Mamane, president and CEO.
Mcommerce sales from mobile devices are forecast to approach nearly $52.17 billion in 2014. $17 billion of that will come from smartphones, and the remainder will be split between tablets and other mobile devices. Many online retailers have already adapted their sites to produce a mobile ready version that is poised to take advantage of this opportunity.
Anton International distributes a wide variety of radio-controlled toys and other products to customers worldwide. The firm is the U.S. subsidiary of Teemway Group Ltd. in China, a manufacturer of popular children’s toys and gifts that meet a range of reputable safety standards, since 1999.
Nubani Distributors, founded in 1986, is a family owned and operated wholesaler that specializes in the secondary and closeout market. The company sells top quality confectionary foods, snacks, grocery items, and health & beauty products at low prices. Nubani Distributors continually adopts new practices to best serve customers, and has a host of new initiatives planned for 2014.
Boutique Window, co-founded by Ella Wirtz and Courtney Rodgers, is an online marketing tool built specifically for small retailers running brick and mortar shops. “Our goal is to help business owners take advantage of all the online opportunities that are going to help them connect with local customers, and drive foot traffic into their stores,” Rodgers states. “We know that small retailers have a ton on their plates, and managing a website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can be a lot of work that they do not have time to do.”
The DoorJammer™ is an innovative door security device for anyone wanting increased privacy, safety and peace of mind. About the size of a smartphone and weighing only eight ounces, the portable unit is ideal for travelers, backpackers, students and seniors.
Closeouts and liquidated products, which often sell for well under regular wholesale prices, can offer indie retailers generous profit margins. Closeouts exist as a result of excess inventory, discontinued products, packaging changes, customer returns and slight imperfections, as well as merchants going out of business. They are the same name brand, designer labels and first quality merchandise found in department stores and retail chains.