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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Green Shopping Machine

Many countries now outsource goods and services to other countries due to cheaper employment and raw material costs than in their home land. Today there is much more of a global market as items are exported across the world. This has allowed savvy internet shoppers to find unusual items and have them shipped directly to their home and often for much cheaper items than they might pay locally. In other ways it has been detrimental, with some local businesses closing and a significant portion of manufacturing being outsourced to an external country.

As a shopper, you might like to think of your purchases as a vote for what you consider appropriate behavior from the store you are buying from. If you think it’s reprehensible to test on animals, then you would choose to buy from a store that has ethical animal practices in place. If more people feel like you do and stop buying these types of products, the industry will listen and your ‘vote’ will help create a greener, cleaner, friendlier shopping environment – as you can see from the number of green and organic products beginning to surface today – a good sign consumers are moving in a positive direction!

After you’ve set your own moral compass for shopping you should consider adding supporting local business onto your list of requirements. If local businesses flourish, so will the local economy. Yes, buying local can cost a few extra dollars in some cases, but often the extra investment can purchase a product that’s made out of higher quality materials that will last a lot longer than their cheaper counterpart.

You may also want to consider supporting local when it comes to fruit and vegetable shopping. This will mean only buying seasonal fruit when it’s actually in season. Also, think of the cost and environmental impact of importing consumables like fruit and vegetables. If you’re buying off a local farmer, your goods have used less fuel to reach you and will often be much fresher.

Another green shopping method is buying items that are handmade. They can be more labour-intensive than mass-produced imports, but this often means they will be better quality, lasting you longer and lengthening the time before replacement is needed. This effectively reduces the cost in the long run anyway. For example, a crafts-person spends time honing their skills to make a handmade product. The process starts from ground zero and is completed with patience and practice. Only the best materials are used and a learned trades-person has the know-how from years of experience, to create a long-wearing work of art.

Finally, try to source natural and organic products where you can. Shop for clothes that are made out of natural fabrics and beauty products that are organic and cruelty-free. Your purchasing decision will encourage slow-fashion companies that use natural, non-polluting fibers for manufacturing their clothing items. In making these choices, you can diminish the poor-quality clothes (or throwaway fashion) that are made out of synthetic fibers, which are bad for the environment and your health.

Save Money While Shopping

1. The store should be your last resort

Yes, the last thing on your mind should be going to a store for a product. Before you do this, it is important to consider all the other options. You should check whether you can get the product for free. Search for the brand of product online and try as many discounts as possible. Never go for an impulse purchase as it will affect your wallet big time.

2. Whenever possible try to negotiate

There are some items on which you can’t negotiate. However there are many products and services on which you can bother to negotiate. The catch here is to reduce the asking price as much as possible. There are many stores that are always willing to offer products at extremely lower price provided you negotiate.

3. Always time your purchase

This means to be patient and time your purchase as much as possible. In other words you should never impulse buy any product or service. This is only going to make you lose a significant amount of money. For instance, if you want to buy an electronic good, make sure you wait for its prices to drop gradually before you actually make your purchase. This is easy when it comes to electronic goods and can be difficult in other niches.

4. Substitute your choice

This means that you can also think of substituting your choice in case you feel that the item you want to purchase to not very feasible. A product might be very costly but its substitute can be a very good choice if you want to save some money. Thus you can also consider this tip and move on with your purchase.

Retail Bags

Paper bags – They are probably the most common and come in a wide range of sizes. They serve as grocery and shopping bags and you can have them custom made to suit your preferences. You can choose the design, print and color. They might not be that durable, but they are strong enough to hold your shopping and groceries safely till you get where you are going.

Candy bags – They are designed especially for catering and candy businesses to package candy favors. They come in a variety of styles and colors and you can decide whether you want them to be opaque or transparent. They can be great for spring events or birthday parties and other holidays.

Plastic bags – They are more durable and serve a variety of industries including catering and food service. The plastic variety cater to all kinds of needs and can be used to improve your business image through a professional presentation of products on offer. You can choose bags for bakery products, storing candy, for popcorn and even wine and restaurant take out bags to impress customers and improve your business image. You also can get plastic handle bags to add convenience.

Fabric bags – They have gained popularity simply because they are reusable and more durable compared to paper and plastic versions. These retail bags are also ecofriendly and elegant and they come in varying colors and sizes to suit different preferences. Some even come in styles that make it possible for them to be folded into pouches for ease in storage in a briefcase, backpack or purse. Logos can be included on them as a marketing tool for retail brands. There is no better way you can market your brand than using high quality, attractive and convenient fabric bags. You can customize the retail bags to match your brand.

When choosing your retail bags or having an order made for you, work with a budget and to put your customer needs in focus so you can choose the right materials that will serve their purpose well. You can have your retail bags made from different materials to cater to different shopping needs and packaging needs and have them in different sizes to match different shopping sizes. The quality of your retail bags should not be ignored. They should all be strong enough and enhanced in all the right areas to add strength and durability. It can be very damaging to offer your customers bags that risk tearing and dropping all the items leading to losses. Apart from quality, come up with ways you can easily market your brand using the retail bags.

Between Boutiques or Shops

To understand the answer to this question, we should begin by investigating what the origin of the word is. According to Wikipedia, the word is French. In France, every store is a boutique, because the word simply means store. The origin of that word actually comes from Greece, from the ancient Greek word apotheke, or storehouse. But how did the word come into use in America? Well, in the late 1960’s, there was a fashion explosion in London, England. The mod style took over the country and then spread across Europe. Places like Kings Road and Carnaby Street were known around the world as a place to purchase the highest fashion available. In order to emphasize the fresh styles, a new word came into parlance to refer to these shops. That was boutique.

Over the past few years, this concept has expanded to include a wide variety of stores. Boutiques emphasized that is it is very fashionable to have an extremely unique style. This kind of store specializes in only carrying specific brands and styles, so that the customers can be guaranteed that only a few individuals will be able to purchase these items. Often, these stores are somewhat pricey, which further emphasizes their uniqueness. In order to have a successful small store, it is essential that you have impeccable taste. That is why most small storeowners tend to be extremely knowledgeable about their products and do extensive research to ensure they select the right kind of products.

Clothing is not the only item that is sold in these kinds of stores. For example, wine boutiques have become increasingly popular. In stores like this, individuals who know a lot about wine curate their favorite selections and coordinate them by taste, smell, flavor, region, and type. Often, these locations include areas where customers can taste the wine or even enjoy the wine with snacks.

Basically any item that can be marketed to a small, select group of individuals can be installed into a small, specialized store. Currently, there are locations that sell video games, candy, jewelry, antiques, flowers, and much more. There is even a trend for hotels to be considered boutique. In terms of a hotel, this means that the location has been carefully selected and each room is decorated in a different style. This gives a homey feeling for guests and offers more options. To learn more about what this term means and what the difference between a shop and a boutique is, visit one near you!