Unwrapping the Mysteries of Cash Wraps

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When someone is opening up their own store, they know that they will have many important decisions to make. What they may not realize is that they will have to choose every fixture for their shop, right down to the retail store cash wraps. To create the best possible shopping experience for their customers and employees, they should look for a cash wrap with a few important features.

It is necessary to choose a cash wrap that makes it easy to keep employees organized while they provide service. Choose something that comes with shelving units or drawers already built in rather than trying to build organizational structures behind the counter. Shelves and drawers will make it easy for employees to grab what they need quickly and efficiently, from shopping bags to register paper.

There are a multitude of design options to consider when purchasing a cash wrap.  The most common style is the L cash wrap1shape, with the back of the cash wrap to an adjacent wall.  The next popular configuration is the U shape.  This configuration allows you to provide your customers with two approaches to the checkout process.  Most retailers will have two cash registers in the U shape configuration.

Cash wraps come in a variety of different materials, but it is important to choose one that will remain sturdy under a great deal of pressure. For this reason, many shop owners choose wood counters with a laminate top. The laminate top looks great for a long period of time and can be easily cleaned by wiping it down with a damp rag.

When searching for the perfect cash wrap unit, it is tempting to purchase one that will come assembled and ready to go. However, those on a budget should seriously consider picking out a unit that will come unassembled. They are easy to put together and receiving them in pieces can significantly cut down on the cost of shipping.  Most manufacturers provide video support to help you assemble the counter.

cash wrapChoosing retail store counters is just one of the many important choices a new shop owner will have to make. However, it requires careful attention because it can make or break the experience that a customer has once they reach the register. Be sure to choose something attractive and sturdy that will help keep employees organized at all times.

Popping Profits with Popcorn Carts

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If you are looking for a unique and fun way to make extra money in your business, investing in a popcorn cart is a wonderful idea. There is much to love about earning extra income with popcorn carts, and with further review of this money-making opportunity, you may determine that this is the right option for you.

Why Choose to Sell Popcorn

There are many things that you could sell in your store to boost the bottom line, but selling popcorn from a popcorn cart is a fabulous option. It gives you the ability to create the popcorn fresh right in front of your customers. They can smell the popcorn popping and can come right to your location to purchase the snack.  More than that, many people love popcorn, and it is a year-round item that you can make a profit from in any season and in many locations. You can position the popcorn cart in your store to attract passer-bys, or if your location allows, you can place it outside the door to better attract customers.  The smell will sell your product and while your customer is waiting for a fresh bag of popcorn, most will purchase additional items that you can feature as add-ons.

Choosing the Right Popcorn Cart

Whether you love meeting people or making people happy with delicious treats, you will want to find the right popcorn cart to purchase.  Some are smaller in size and they may easily fit on the back counter of a cash wrap.  Others may be larger in size and they may require a little muscle to move them around your store.  Keep in mind the capacity of the popping machine when choosing.  Some retailers will start with a smaller capacity machine and make more batches throughout the day.  If your store is located in a high traffic area, a larger capacity machine may be a better option.

If you plan to move your popcorn machine around or need to have it as a stand-alone piece, don’t forget to consider the cost of the cart for your machine.  Many popcorn machines have matching carts.  These carts offer you storage for supplies and help make the machine moveable.

Don’t Forget the Supplies

When purchasing your popcorn cart, you should also remember to purchase your supplies right away.  When your popcorn cart arrives, you will want to set it up and start making popcorn right away.  You may need to consider popcorn kernels, oil, seasonings, and bags or other containers.  Most popcorn machines use prepackaged popcorn and oil.  They are easily emptied into the heated kettle and within minutes fills the cart with that amazing popcorn smell.  There is also a wide selection of seasonings, so you can offer your customers new and exciting flavors to keep them coming back.

Acrylic Cosmetic Displays used in Candy Stores

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The trick to an eye-catching display is using your imagination and sometimes repurposing display fixtures that you already have.  Just because a display rack came to you with merchandise that is long since sold out, doesn’t mean you can’t re-use it to display something different, such as candy.  Acrylic Cosmetic Displays offer many options for alternative inventory display opportunities.

Acrylic cups that are most often used to display make up pencils make great display options for stick candies.  The acrylic cups come in single or together in a unit that can be placed on a counter top or hung on pegboard or slatwall.  Imagine displaying your stick candy by flavor on a wall.  The display takes up minimal space but allows your customers to clearly see the colors and flavors of the candy sticks.

Acrylic trays also come in countertop and wall mount units.  Acrylic cosmetic trays offer a variety of size compartments that work with packaged candy as well.  Take the popular candy, Pop Rocks.  They are sold in smaller envelopes that fit ideally in the trays.  Sometimes the cardboard display packages that pre-packaged candy comes in fall apart within a short amount of time.  Acrylic cosmetic trays are a more permanent option and offer a clean appearance to your displays.

Acrylic Nail Polish holders come in a couple styles.  One style that would make a great display for push pops or spray candy is the 2-tiered 16 compartment cosmetic display.  You could simply arrange the push pops by flavor and replenish the unit when the candy sells down.  Other option for spray candy is an Acrylic Tiered Rotating Counter Display -With Dividers.

Sometimes candy retailers want to set their gourmet candy bars out from the rest of the ordinary candy bars displayed in the store.  Using an Acrylic Step Display allows the retailer to display the variety of flavors and the packaging to the consumer.  Some candy bar packaging is quite beautiful and the use of an acrylic step display allows that artwork to be featured and draw in the customer.  Acrylic Step Displays work beautifully at a checkout counter or atop a glass candy case.

Acrylic Cosmetic Displays are quite versatile for retailers, but are also useful in salons, the home, or office.  Take a look at what you want to organize and consider the use of an Acrylic Cosmetic Display.  They are most often very cost effective storage and display options.


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

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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 www.candyconceptinc.com for more portable display options.

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Source:  Articlesfactory.com

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.