Acrylic Podiums

Acrylic Podiums

A Podium is Useful at a Graduation Ceremony

Clear acrylic podiums have many uses in addition to being helpful at graduation ceremonies, presentations or award ceremonies that are conducted at schools and businesses. A speaker enjoys having a sturdy stand to lean on while giving a long speech because they are nervous or have notes to place on top. Anyone watching television shows where actors or singers are receiving accolades for the best movie or song has seen how the stands are created in a variety of gorgeous designs with straight lines or curves to add interest without being overbearing. There are great reasons to choose see-through acrylic stands instead of wood grain or opaque plastic ones.

Televised Award Shows Have a Podium

Many organizers of award or presentation ceremonies want to have clear acrylic podiums because the lecterns permit seeing the outfit a presenter is wearing. At popular televised shows with female speakers, award winners or presenters, the women frequently wear highly styled gowns and jewelry that everyone wants to see. Alternatively, a see-through stand does not take away from a stage’s intricate design while a performance is going on at the same time. Conductors at musical performances prefer clear acrylic podiums turned away from the audience to hold sheets of composition in front of them. Because the stand is almost invisible, audience members can see the musicians and instruments easily.  

Professors Enjoy Having a Lectern

Beautifully designed acrylic lecterns are often used as pulpits in cathedrals, churches and synagogues to hold religious materials such as books or written sermons to permit people to still see other items in the building. Alternatively, a lectern is popular at universities and colleges for professors to use while giving lectures to students in large classrooms. Museums requiring a place to display artifacts such as old books, scraps of vellum or flat artwork might select to use a specially designed stand that is enclosed inside a viewing case. With the correct configurations, the clear stand makes it possible for visitors in a museum to see an artifact’s intricate details easily.  

A Podium can provide a Decorative Element

Depending on the size of the space where clear acrylic podiums are used, the devices can have accessories such as microphones, lights or shelves. A shelf is great for placing decorative objects or flowers to provide a decorative element in a room. The ability to attach a light is useful in dark rooms where a presenter needs to read material placed on the top while a microphone helps everyone to hear the speaker. Look for acrylic podiums in these places:

  • Religious institutions
  • Universities and high schools
  • Museums and art studios
  • Concert halls
  • Performance stages



Cardboard Displays Offer Flexibility

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When it comes to visual merchandising, some shop owners don’t even think of using cardboard displays.  They imagine of corrugated displays conjure the thought that they will be placing their items in cardboard boxes and hoping that they sell.  Actually, there are many different cardboard styles available to create a cost effective and appealing display.  Today, cardboard displays are sturdy, offer flexibility and are often eco-friendly.

One of the most popular cardboard options is the large dump bin. This bin is simply a large, open space that can be used to feature a wide variety of different products. They are perfect for setting out extra inventory as clearance or they look great when they are filled up with novelty items for a particular holiday.

The ten-tier floor display is an option that can be used in nearly any type of store.  In most cases, convenience stores use them for items such as greeting cards, books, and magazines. However, a creative merchandiser will find that this unit has a lot of space to display a variety of small items for purchase.

The six-pocket floor display can also be used for many different products, but it certainly works best when it is used to sell candy. When the pockets are filled with various types of brightly colored candy, they instantly draw in the eye of the customer. The bins are even tilted back to make access easier for anyone who is interested in looking.

Cardboard 2There has been a lot of attention focused on sustainability in retail display options and packaging.  Cardboard displays offer retailers that are “green” conscious, the ability to recycle their display after it has served its’ purpose and life cycle.  Most cardboard displays are sturdy enough to provide point-of-sale display options for multiple seasons, however, high volume stores will see that their cardboard displays will last for only a promotion or two.

Cardboard displays are a great option for many stores because they are relatively.  For the cost of one permanent display, a retailer could utilize 3 or 4 cardboard displays.  This offers retailers flexibility, especially in smaller retail spaces.  Cardboard displays are also a great option for retailers that require portability in the displays.

There are many different styles to choose from and each one works best with a different type of product. They areCardboard 3 easy to assemble and very durable, so every shop owner can use them with confidence.  They are not just for manufacturers who provide a display with purchase of merchandise, they are for everyone.

6 Reasons to Love Bulk Nuts

Bulk Nuts

If you are looking to add a healthy alternative to your bulk candy offering, bulk nuts and seeds can help drive consumers who are looking for fresh, healthy alternatives to their snacking.

The healthy attributes of bulk nuts has increased the demand on growers as well as cause retailers to expand their inventory in the confectionery industry.  The health benefits consumers are excited about has created a retail boom in bulk nut sales.  In a recent survey, 76 percent of consumers consider nuts to be healthy snacks, and 80 percent say foods described as high in protein have more health value.

  1. Walnuts – eating a ¼ cup daily could inhibit the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research at the New York Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. The study shows that the high antioxidant and polyunsaturated fat levels in walnut extract are effective in reducing oxidative stress and brain tissue inflammation characteristics of the disease.
  2. One ounce of Almonds adds 13 essential nutrients to a diet, including 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and vitamin E. Best yet, almonds have been associated with reduced risks of cancer and other major diseases through their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. In addition to being a good source of potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals, pistachios also containPistachios lutein and anthocyanin. Having a handful of pistachios daily could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol.
  4. Cashews are a source of copper for healthy skin and hair, magnesium for strong bones and dietary fiber. They are also rich in cancer-fighting proanthocyanidins.
  5. Peanuts contain more than 30 essential vitamins and minerals and are high in protein and unsaturated fats. Eating peanuts can decrease the risk of heart disease, reduce hunger and protect cells from oxidative stress.
  6. Hazelnuts and almonds are gluten-free and can be eaten by gluten-sensitive, wheat-allergic and celiac disease consumers.

Retail NutsWith bulk nuts being such nutritional gold mines and scientific research suggesting their health benefits, retailers and consumers are increasingly putting a bigger demand on manufacturers and growers.  Retailers must be patient with the pricing and availability as growers try to adjust to consumer demand.  Although there are challenges in the availability, growers and manufacturers are partnering for better partnerships in short and long term production needs.


Source:  Candy & Snack Today, November/December 2014

Easter Candy

The History of Easter Candy


Easter is a major candy holiday, lagging behind only Halloween in sales volume. It wasn’t always so. While the other dishes that adorn the Easter table and filled Easter baskets—spring lamb, dyed eggs, and hot cross buns—all trace their origins to the pagan spring festivals of ancient times, candy is a newcomer, dating back just to the 1800s, when European candy-makers first started hand-crafting chocolate eggs for the holiday. Candy eggs were wildly popular, and by the late 1800s, fine candy makers in major U.S. cities were offering chocolate eggs both hollow and filled, jelly eggs, and exquisite panorama eggs of sugar, icing, and paper for the Easter holiday.

But it was only in the early 20th century when innovations in candy-making allowed manufacturers to produce novelty Easter candies on a massive scale—rabbits in every pose, chickens roosting and strutting, nests and eggs of every description—that they became Easter basket staples. By the 1920s, the demand for special Easter candies was so great that factories were reported to spend all their time from the beginning of the year until Easter stocking up to meet the demand. Since then, a basket full of sugary factory-made treats has become a beloved American tradition. You can of course fill your basket with whatever you like, but to my mind the best Easter candies are the classics, candies that were first invented for the holiday.


What is Popular in Easter Candy

Today, the choice of Easter Candy has more than doubled for retailers and consumers.  Every year, manufacturers Nerds JBsare developing new flavors and creations to keep up with trends and demands.  Most new candy is developed by taking an existing flavor or product and putting a holiday spin on it.  Such as the popular Nerds candy creating the Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans.

Gummies are popular no matter what the holiday; therefore gummy manufacturers use their formulas to mold traditional rabbit and egg themed gummy candies.  A new gummy candy for this year is marrying the popular ring pop with a gummy.  Sour type candies are still the most popular choices and manufacturers are keeping up with that demand.

Easter Gummy Ring PopsManufacturers will also take a popular everyday candy and rename it or mold it differently to correspond with the Easter Holiday.  Popular paper dots are Bunny Noses.  Cotton Candy becomes Fluffy Bunny Tails.  Candy manufacturers have taken their popular candies, such as Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&M’s and Hershey’s Kisses and formed them in the into eggs, rabbits and other familiar holiday shapes.  Every year, the most popular candy somehow gets remodeled into our favorite Easter Candy choices.

With such a wide variety of Easter Candy choices, consumers will keep increasing their purchases to fill those baskets and tables in celebration of the joyous spring holiday.  Retailers will continue to expand their offerings to meet the demands making the Easter Holiday their second most profitable season of the year.


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Custom Acrylic Displays

Custom Acrylic 1Custom acrylic displays and retail fixtures are designed to stand out and be noticed. The more unique, creative and innovative they are the more likely people will stop to look at them to buy the product they feature.  Some retailers only look for custom display pieces, as they strive to have their stores stand out from the competition.  Custom acrylic displays and retail fixtures give a retail space a custom and purposeful appearance.


Things to consider

  • One of the first things is to consider the types of products you plan to sell. For example, bulk candy. Although there are many stock type acrylic candy bins on the market, a retailer may want a bin to showcase the inventory that fits a particular theme of the store.
  • Consider the space. Perhaps the stock acrylic candy bins are too large or too small for the space planned. Custom acrylics allow a retailer to have a bin or display that meets a specific dimension like a shelf or display table.
  •  Function – Does your display need to dispense product to customers or do you want the display to feature different size grooves to hold a specific product? When you look at your products and how you plan to display them, a custom acrylic display is the most ideal way to attract customers to buy.

Once a concept is achieved, the next step is to scour the internet to find a similar piece to what will fit the product’s Custom Acrylic 2requirements. It is easier to take an existing piece and modify it than develop a new display from scratch. For example, a 7.5” Round Faced Bin meets the retailer’s requirements for displaying candy, however, the size is too large. Developing a custom acrylic bin from the existing one, by modifying the dimensions makes the new display piece more economical to produce. Scaling an existing acrylic display is also saves time. Most manufacturers have the capabilities to scale an existing design with minimal cost to the custom acrylic display.

Custom Acrylic 3If, however, you have a product that is more unique, such as vapor cigarettes with a variety of options, a custom acrylic display allows the main product to be featured with all the available options. Occasionally, manufacturers require samples of the products so that a design can be drawn up to fit the need perfectly. Once a design is approved, the new custom acrylic display can be produced.

One last consideration, should custom acrylic displays be required, most manufacturers do have a minimum piece requirement or may charge a design customization fee. If an existing display does not work in a particular application, try to find one that can be modified to save money on the display. After all, you want to turn a profit on the inventory, not pay for a display long term.

Creating Portable Displays

CrowdWhether you are exhibiting or actually selling merchandise, a street fair imposes significant demands on trade show exhibits. Learn how to design your portable displays to maximize effectiveness while minimizing cost and travel hassle.

The atmosphere of a street fair is a unique blend of chaos, warmth, and excitement. The aura is initially similar to a convention, but is much less promotional in its nature. At a street fair, outright promotion is often unwelcome; instead of trying to draw in passersby as you might at a convention, you’re expected to talk only with those who approach you. To get people coming in, you need to carefully design your trade show exhibits to appeal to this specific crowd. While you can often retrofit a current unit, something designed from scratch would be preferable – and might be surprisingly affordable, particularly if you’re selling merchandise.

Portable Displays For Promotional Purposes

When most large companies send representatives to a street fair, they’re not directly selling from their booth. Instead, they serve as an anchor, representing the corporate entity’s commitment to the community. They are often sponsoring the event or some part of it. In this case, using the currently designed trade show exhibits that might appear at any convention is just fine. While they might not draw as much attention as a purpose-built stand, they’ll do a fine job.

There are just a few things to remember here. First, ensure that your employees are comfortable. They should have shelter from the sun and should have liberal supplies of bottled water and fans if it is projected to be hot. Finally, ensure they have chairs to sit down. They won’t likely be talking to a whole lot of people; the portable displays are there to be a silent presence, and that’s a statement enough.

Vendor Trade Show Exhibits

If you are selling at a street fair, you are likely a small vendor with a focus on street fairs, meaning you might want toWooden 1 consider investing in more formal portable displays tailored toward the fairs. These units should be designed to reflect your unique style, and may be open-topped or closed-topped as you prefer. They should present all of your merchandise within view so you can ensure that nothing might be taken. This is more of a problem with smaller wares, but most items sold casually at a fair tend to be smaller.

Display Like A Retailer

Wearable with MirrorAs you plan your booth, think out the showcase space you want.  If you sell jewelry, leave adequate space for hanging, provide a mirror for your customers and use multi-level displays to draw the eye up and down the table.  If you’re offering art prints, hang some but also let some sit to be perused at the visitor’s leisure.  You won’t need to focus too much on the design of the trade show exhibits themselves, which is a unique aspect of your situation. You want your merchandise to stand out, so the background itself is encouraged to be neutral.

Consider Renting A TentTents

Whether you are selling or simply supporting, a showcase tent can be a surprisingly wise rental choice. Depending on the area, there may be a lot of rental options available.  Portable displays are useful, but they often don’t come with the overhead protection a tent would offer.  Plus, on a sunny day, a tent offers invaluable shade as well.

There are many choices in wood and acrylic for displaying a variety of merchandise.  Check out for more portable display options.

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Stands for Flowers

Floral Stands Provide Great Upselling Opportunities

Valentine’s Day is a unique holiday that gives people the opportunity to remind others how much they care about them. While this may be done through thoughtful gestures and romantic dates, it also may be done through simple gifts, such as a gift of chocolates or a greeting card. Many will choose to give flowers to their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, and flowers may be given to everyone from a significant other or a spouse to friends, parents and others. While floral shops may be swamped with business on Valentine’s Day trying to meet the demand, the fact is that your own business may profit from flower sales if you invest in stands for flowers.  

Choosing the Right Stands

WFIf you are interested in investing in stands for flowers for your upcoming floral sales, you should think about a few points to ensure that you invest in the right stands. First, think about the amount of space available in your business. You may want to place a small stand next to a cash register, or you may have space for a larger stand in the center of your store. Then, think about the types of flowers that you want to sell. Some stands for flowers have shelves, and these may be suitable for bouquets in flower vases. Others may have a basin to hold water, and these may be suitable for loose bouquets or flowers that are sold individually.  

Accessorizing Your Stands

If you want to maximize your sales for Valentine’s Day, you may think about different ways that you can dress up your flower stands. Your stands will inevitably be easily noticed by your customers because of the beautifully colored and sweet scented blooms that they hold. However, you can boost your sales with cross-sales and ensure that your stands do not go unnoticed when you tie helium balloons to the stands or when you place a stand for chocolates, greeting cards or other must-have items next to the stand. After all, many who want to buy flowers may also want to buy chocolates, balloons, stuffed animals and other items.  

Floral shops may be busy on Valentine’s Day, and your business can be equally as busy. If you want to prepare for the rush, you can get started by ordering your stands today and by special ordering the flowers that will be placed on them with an advance purchase. This is a wonderful way to help your customers out and to pad your profit margin in February.


Pegboard Display Racks

It’s All in the Presentation
Whether you are running a business or taking the show on the road to conventions and trade shows, you need to put your product in the best light. Consider a pegboard display rack that can really highlight what you have to offer. Whether you need to establish your display on counters or on the floor, a pegboard display rack can do the trick. Arrange everything in such a way that it will catch the attention of others and you’ll have a much better chance of making that sale.

PegboardGive Yourself a Variety of Options
In this modern day and age, innovation is the name of the game. Forget about yesterday’s colors when you need a pegboard display rack. You now have a host of alternatives. With vibrant, fun colors and designs, heads will be turning to see what you have to offer. You can’t make a customer buy your product if they can’t see it. With the right pegboard display rack, you can really make your specialty items stand out. Make people sit up and take notice as they walk by your carefully planned displays. Use a color that will make a splash for your pegboard display rack. It will draw people in. You can also think about choosing a display rack that is a bold contrast to everything that is in view. Stop people in their tracks and they’ll find it hard to resist your products.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
They say that everyone has their own opinion when it comes to appearances. With quality pegboard display racks, you’ll have a much better chance of grabbing customers when they are ready to make a purchase. Make your products more appealing when you bring them to eye level with pegboard display racks that are built to get the job done. Leave your prize items lying around and people will pass them by. Hang them up in an artful and precise manner in order to draw consumers in. When you offer something special and know how to display it, you’ll see your sales increasing at a promising rate. The first step is to choose pegboard display racks that will truly enhance everything that you have to offer. You’ll truly appreciate the way your display can provide you with the perfect showcase for anything that you want to market or advertise.

Best Use For Plastic Candy Bins

Plastic Candy Bins are a great way to display and store a variety of items from retail stores to your home.  The best plastic candy bins are those that are combined on a stylish metal rack.  The jumbo mini bin display rack is a sure fire way to increase sales on a small countertop, yet functional for use in the home.

photo 3Why think only retail display when you see the jumbo mini bin display rack?  There are many alternate uses for the plastic candy bins and metal display rack.

  1. When it’s party time and you are looking for a unique and cost effective way to display your buffet toppings, the jumbo mini bin display rack makes a fun and functional display on your buffet table. From a taco bar where the plastic candy bins hold cheese, black olives, chopped onions, etc; to an ice cream/frozen yogurt bar where all types of candies and sprinkles can be offered to your guests for easy serving. The scoops included make the selections easier to access.
  2. Are you crafty? For those who enjoy working on crafts, having a functional and easily accessible storage for their supplies is essential. The 6 jumbo mini bins are large enough to store all sorts of supplies from beads to thread to yarn. The uses are unlimited.
  3. Does everyone in your house have a different flavor of coffee or hot beverage they like to drink? Does your countertop get cluttered with the many boxes? The jumbo mini bin display rack offers you a simple and elegant storage option for your k-cups. The k-cups are visible through the clear plastic and the selection easily made, while keeping the cups fresh.
  4. The plastic candy bins also make great storage for small nuts and bolts to nails and miscellaneous hardware in the shop. Imagine being able to find the right size screw in a pinch when working on projects.
  5. For the diva, the jumbo mini bin display rack is a great way to store makeup and hair accessories. The front doors give easy access and keep the items clean from dust and moisture.

Although, the jumbo mini bin display rack has many alternate uses, the best use is still in retail. For those retailers that are considering breaking into bulk candy sales, this small and economical metal display rack allows them to try a small display before investing in a large one with a lot of money tied up in the inventory.

No matter how you plan to use the jumbo mini bin display rack, the size is ideal for most countertops and provides a quality display without breaking the bank.

Valentine’s Day Candy Sales

The Christmas season no more than gets underway and candy retailers have to already be thinking about the next big shopping season – VD Chocolate HeartValentine’s Day.  But planning for that short, but profitable holiday requires knowing a little bit about the consumers.  Here are few facts that might help with your planning you Valentine’s Day Candy Sales:

  • According to MSNBC, Chocolate and candy sales reach profits of $1,011 billion during Valentine’s season.
  • Not sure what kind of inventory to carry?  According to Business Insider, 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day this year.
  • The National Confectioners Association indicated about 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year.  That’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona twenty times and back again.
  • A survey done by the National Retail Federation shows that the average US consumer is expected to spend $116.21 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals and entertainment.
  • The same survey also showed that men spend double what women spend on Valentine’s Day:  $158.71 compared to $75.79.  But, 53% of women in America would dump their boyfriends if they did not get anything for Valentine’s Day.   It is best to design your displays and marketing to reach men.  You’ll save a relationship and make a profit.

VD Conversation HeartsPreparing for the Valentine season can be fun and profitable.  Stocking your store displays with a selection of chocolates and gummies, allows you to provide a nice selection for your customers.  A recent survey by the National Confectioners Association shows that more men than women prefer chocolate, 83% vs. 59%.  With a versatile selection, you will satisfy all of your customers’ desires for this romantic day.