How are Small Retailers Going Green? (Infographic)

There's been a lot of talk recently about mega corporations and their efforts to go green, such as Apple's plans to become carbon neutral. That's just one example of a massive scale plan to keep the planet healthy by a business with deep enough pockets to bring the plan to fruition. But we know that small business is the [...]

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Courteous is a BIG Word

I was out shopping yesterday for props to use in the photo shoot for our next Catalog and I made some curious observations. In one store, I was buying some material and a note on the counter read,”Ring Bell for Service”. I needed the material cut and so I rang the bell. After a minute or so, I rang it again. This went on [...]

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7 Challenges Successful People Overcome – From a small business perspective

I recently came across a fantastic article on Forbes.com written by Travis Bradberry that discusses 7 challenges that successful people overcome. The 7 challenges are; Age, what other people think, toxic people, fear, negativity, the past or the future and the state of the world. While reading the article it struck me that [...]

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Why You Should Consider Going Custom

We talk about the benefits of customizing your packaging often (and to anyone who will listen). We do this because we truly believe it is one of the most cost effective things you can do to build your brand. As proof of our stance you can see that our company president wrote about the value of custom printing here, here [...]

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Congrats to our Packaging Scholarship Winner!

We wanted to say a big congratulations to the Premier Packaging Scholarship winner Jershayla J. Below is the essay she submitted.The Packaging IndustryA Scholarship report by: Jershayla J.Small and major corporations alike know packaging, marketing, engineering and  [...]

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12 Ways to Boost Your Summer Retail Sales in 2015

The summer is typically a slow time for independent retailers. As we move into mid July that truism has probably become painfully obvious to you. But there is no need to fret because here are some ways you can take on the infamous challenge small businesses call “the summer slump”.In the realm of personal finance there is [...]

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Bargain Hunting Made Easy

I think I’m like most people when I say “I like a bargain”! I don’t just mean I get excited when I get a 5% or 10% off coupon to a website that I normally frequent. I mean like 50% off on something I was going to purchase for $100 and it cost me $50. I get the same feeling when I put on a jacket that I haven’t worn in a [...]

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THE ADVANTAGE OF CUSTOM PRINTED TISSUE

Gift wrapping the customer’s purchases has long been a tradition for many gift and jewelry shops as well. While we are seeing a trend towards gift bags and away from gift boxes, there is still an overwhelming demand for tissue paper to either stuff in the bag or fold over the purchased product in a gift box.Are you [...]

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Is Omnichannel for Small Biz or Just the Big Boxes?

The internet is supposed to be the great equalizer, scrappy small businesses can compete head to head with Goliath sized competitors if their willing to put in the work. To some extent that is the case, many small retailers have reported solid through ecommerce channels and all around the cost of doing business online is [...]

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Better Business Bureau, an expense or an investment?

As a small business we’re all inundated with places to spend our hard earned profits. Many of these expenditures are on things that don’t help us grow our business, but are necessary evils, such as; trash collection, rent, water, etc. I call these pure expenses. Then there are expenditures that I consider investments [...]

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