Baby Banana® Brush, a family owned and operated business, brings gum massaging and tooth brushing into one infant-to-toddler friendly activity. The company’s line of brushing and teething products is designed to promote healthy oral care habits from the earliest possible age.
September 2013 issue
Independent retailers looking for a colorful impulse buy that makes a great gift should check out Snapi®, the single handed serving utensil from KitchenHappy™. This server, for pasta, vegetables, salads and more, allows users to snap up a large or small portion without having to put down their plates.
“Show and sell” is a smart approach for independent retailers for the Christmas and holiday season. Three ways to promote seasonal merchandise are selling the products you use for decorations, integrating products you sell into your decorations, and adding a personal touch by discussing and/or demonstrating your products.
Consumers love designer brands because each couturier has a unique and recognizable style. Main Street Closeouts enables retailers to cater to this shopping audience with high-end designer overstock apparel and accessories, sold well below wholesale pricing. Acquiring brand-new, first quality goods from the nation’s leading upscale department stores and specialty retailers, Main Street Closeouts sells fashions for 80 to 90 percent off standard retail.
One of the biggest trends for kids this year is loom bands, a crafty, rubber band based jewelry that allows children to express their creativity. To meet the huge demand for loom band products, Quality Innovations Inc. has introduced several loom band options, the mother of which is the Deluxe Magic Loom Kit. This mega set contains 600 rubber bands in multiple colors, along with crystal charms and the loom.
International Jewelry Designs Inc. (IJDI) supplies retailers with an array of top quality traditional, bridal and designer-inspired necklaces, bracelets, bangles, rings and earrings, at both regular wholesale and closeout prices. The company also offers a collection of high-grade cubic zirconia pendants, earrings and rings, known as Aaron Lee Designs by IJDI. Coined, “The Look of Real,” the line is brass-based and plated with either a heavy genuine rhodium or 18k gold.
The White House has launched a new Website designed to inform and educate business owners concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The Health Care Changes Wizard, which is part of BusinessUSA, the administration’s interagency information outlet for employers, asks employers to input their state, company size and current insurance plans. The Wizard delivers tailored information about changes under the law, important dates to remember, and the formulas for determining requirements and penalties.
Facebook pages are at the heart of social commerce. They are one of the many ways retailers grow brand influence, find and engage in conversations with potential customers, promote products and leverage the power of peer influence in purchase decisions. The Facebook Commerce Index highlighted three new Facebook changes this quarter that apply to retail brands: the U.S. release of Graph Search, the launch of Facebook hashtags, and new page engagement metrics
Scents-Of-Asia has introduced an exclusive line of incense coils, available in four of today’s most popular fragrances, including sandalwood, rose, lavender and jasmine. Each set of 50 coils and an original bunny coil holder is packaged in a trendy art deco paper can.
Jewelry in traditional and trending styles offers retailers surefire sales and robust returns for the holiday season. Popular looks in necklaces continue to be classic chains, as well as pieces fashioned in the latest colors, from deep blues to bright reds and warm pinks. Custom and designer-inspired items are also sought-after gifts. From fashion to fine jewelry, suppliers are keeping a close watch on what is trending with world famous brands and at jewelry shows, to bring retailers everything they need to create a sparkling display of profitable pieces.