While the world watched a tough, passionate 16-year-old from Sweden take on the very real and pressing issue of climate change, I kept thinking about the impact to brands. After all, an estimated 7.5 million people across the world participated in the climate strike, and many others supported virtually. The end result is that whether […]
Smart Bamboo combines beauty with eco in a line of luxury bedding. They sell bamboo sheets, memory foam pillows, mattresses, and their new smart adjustable beds, all made in the U.S.A.
Not all yardsticks are created equal. American Promotional Products should know, as the creator of one of the most high quality yardsticks in the industry. “It’s a unique product, and we call it our ‘old time yardstick,'” says Mike Murray, marketing manager. “It’s something you would have gotten back in the ’40s when you went into a store. It’s thicker, wider (¼ inch), and it’s going to last forever.” The quality of yardsticks has changed over the years, Murray notes. “Many manufacturers have cheapened them; they’ve gotten thinner, and you can even bend them back. Not ours.”
Up until January, Scentco, Inc. was known for its school fundraising product, scented pencils known as “Smencils.” Now a vibrant, newly redesigned line of pencils, markers, gel pens, and soon, stuffed animals, is available for retailers. “We brought everything on trend and put a lot of design effort into the products. They have a fresh, fun, new look,” explains Sales Director, Brandie Bowers, who is energized about the changes.
The trend in environmentally friendly goods is carrying over to greeting cards and gifts, and offers independent retailers an exciting opportunity for sales. Innovation and changing attitudes within the design and manufacturing industries means that this market offers greater choices and commercially viable price points.
Keeping up with the latest gift trends and, more importantly, choosing which to pursue is not a straightforward job for indie retailers. While it is easy to spot recurring themes in the market, it is not quite as simple to distinguish which are firmly rooted, and which are temporary fads that could be over in an instant.
The Double Stax is a reusable two tote bag system that can carry the contents of 12 reusable bags, and is easily collapsible for storage. The versatile unit has multiple uses, including shopping bag, picnic basket, car organizer and storage unit. Double Stax’s two totes together hold up to 80 pounds.
All Heritage America by Morco products are made in America, and all products are designed, printed and produced in-house.
Crystal potpourri by Planet Naturals is the newest trend in home fragrance, and a natural hypoallergenic, flameless and aesthetically pleasing solution for a better smelling environment. First invented in 1998 and sold in “Dollywood,” Tennessee’s well known country music inspired theme park, Planet Naturals’ crystal potpourri quickly became a national and international sensation, with marketability […]
Many big box retailers and chain stores have made it a habit to invest in Green activities and materials, in an effort to continue their plans for expansion. Yet independent retailers making similar investments will benefit most from their Green initiatives, as money saved will not be going towards store expansion plans, but rather used […]