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Cold & Flu Season Is Here

October 3, 2018

Cold and Flu season has come early this year, and Harbor has you covered by offering a variety of cold and flu related products. Don’t let your customers be sick this season by stocking your store with cold and flu items. Some of these items include:

2440361 – Nyquil Liquid Original

2440371 – Nyquil Liquid Cherry

2380002 – Nyquil Liquidcaps

2440391 – Dayquil Liquid

2380001 – Dayquil Liquidcaps

2380032 – Theraflu Day Severe Cold Cough

2380033 – Theraflu Night Severe Cold Cough

2220011 – Tylenol Child Chewable Bubblegum

2440001 – Tylenol Cold Multi Symptoms Night

2440000 – Tylenol Cold Multi Symptoms Day

 

There are also some everyday preventative actions that can help stop the spread of germs. Cover your cough and practice good hygiene by using soap and water or alcohol- based hand sanitizer. Avoid close contact with sick individuals, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you get sick, make sure you limit contact with others. Keep your customers, and employees, healthy this season by carrying Cold& Flu products.

It’s Grilling Season!

July 9, 2018

The sun is shining, the weather is warmer, and people are outside cooking up tasty meals on the grill! When it comes to grilling, nothing is more important than good charcoal, and Kingsford has you covered from lighter fluid, to flavored charcoal briquettes.

Kingsford Charcoal has been made in the USA, with North American ingredients, wince 1919. Kingsford is also the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the United States, converting more than one million tons of wood scraps into charcoal briquettes each year. Kingsford is the original taste of summer, and it’s been the gold standard of grilling for nearly 100 years. Each briquet is made with natural ingredients and real wood to ensure the smoky flavor barbecue lover crave.

Let your customer take their grilling to the next level by stocking your store with Kingsford charcoal products. Harbor carries a variety of Kingsford products, ensuring that you can bring in the best selection for your customers. Talk to your Harbor Rep or check out page 11 of the July promo book to learn more.

Sunscreen Sales & Summer

May 3, 2018

Sunscreens is one of the fastest growing categories of skin care due to the increasing global awareness regarding the impact and damage that the sun can have on unprotected skin. Consumers show increasing awareness that their skin needs all the helps it can get, not just by the application of the sunscreen, but also by helping the skin better deal with the sunlight in general.

UVA and UVB rays are ultraviolet radiation (part of the light spectrum) that comes from the sun. Ultraviolet rays are shorter than visible light, which is why you can’t see them with your naked eye. UVB rays hit your skin’s surface and can turn you lobster-red. Ouch! UVA rays have longer wavelengths than UVB and can penetrate deeper into your skin causing aging and long-term damange. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause cancer. Double ouch!

How can you and your customers protect yourselves from the sun’s harmful rays?

  1. Avoid the sun’s strongest rays and seek shade between 10AM and 4PM.
  2. Sunscreen doesn’t have seasonal preference; Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring rays are all the same. Wear sunscreen all year round.
  3. Listed and look; Don’t neglect your eyes, lips and nose. These facial areas are often overlooked and need coverage too.
  4. Watch our for tracker’s arms! Your left arm often rests on the door ledge by the window when you drive. Arm yourself with sunscreen.

 

Harbor Wholesale Foods carries Banana Boat products that offer a wide range of sunscreen options so your customers don’t have to worry about getting sunburn this summer. These products include:

284009 – Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel

2840016 – Banana Boat Kids FC Mist SPF50

284000 – Banana Boat Lip Balm F/B SPF45

2840871 – Banana Boat SPF 30 Bowl

2840003 – Banana Boat Sport SPF30 24ct

2840012 – Banana Boat Sprt Prf Ltn SPF30

Winter Is Coming: How Americans Prepare for Cold/Flu Season

December 8, 2017

Despite warmer-than-usual fall temperatures in many areas of the U.S., winter is undoubtedly coming—and with it comes the cold and flu season. With this in mind, shoppers are likely starting to see signage throughout in-store pharmacies encouraging them to schedule or simply walk-in for their annual flu shot, and the aisles selling cough/cold medicines will see more frequent shoppers during the colder months.

For those consumers that get a tickle in their throat or a runny nose before they have a chance to visit an in-store retail clinic or a physician for their annual flu shot, there are a multitude of options available on retail shelves to treat cold and flu symptoms. More than half (59%) of annual over-the-counter (OTC) cold flu medications were purchased between November 2016 and January 2017, according to Nielsen retail measurement sales for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 26, 2017. Dollar sales grew 7% during the 2016/2017 cold and flu season, compared to the 2015/2016 period.

When it comes to OTC cold flu medications, products with a label claim around coughing grew 11% in dollar sales compared to the prior cold/flu season while products without the claim grew only 4%. But some consumers are looking for more than functionality in their cold/flu OTC medications; they’re also paying attention to transparency claims in the OTC aisle. Though OTC cold/flu products with a natural claim only grew 2% in dollars, those free-from artificial colors and flavors grew 74% compared to the previous cold/flu season.

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Cintas Survey Shows Consumers’ Hand Drying Preferences

August 11, 2017

Paper towels appeal to more Americans.

Do Americans prefer to use paper towels or air dryers when drying their hands in public restrooms?

Cintas Corp. recently commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll to determine just that. The survey was conducted May 19-23, and polled 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

The study found that the majority of American’s (69%) prefer to use paper towels over air dryers when drying their hands in public restrooms.

“Hand drying plays an important role in effective hand hygiene,” said John Engel, director of marketing, Cintas. “Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection.”

Of those that chose paper towels as their preferred method to dry their hands in a public restroom, the top five reasons include:

Paper towels dry hands better                                                            70%

Paper towels dry hands faster                                                             69%

Paper towels provide something to open the restroom door with     52%

Air dryers blow bacteria (e.g., on hands, in the air)                           24%

Air dryers are too loud                                                                       22%

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HBA Items Fill Niche

April 6, 2017

Because of space constraints and better-equipped competitors, the health and beauty aids (HBA) category in 2017 will fill a role that it has for years in convenience stores: an essential, but unspectacular part of the in-store mix.

From pain relief, cough/cold/allergy, skin medications, vitamins and personal care to smoking cessation, supplements and cosmetics, HBA is a wide-ranging category of items consumers need—often when away from home. Hence, convenient trial sizes, careful pricing and well-stocked shelves will continue to translate into sales dollars.

John Montoya, vice president of store operations for eight-unit JR’s Country Stores, based in Pueblo, Colo., acknowledged that c-stores will never be a destination location for HBA.

“We are at a total disadvantage (competing against chain drug stores, supermarkets and dollar stores),” Montoya said. “People look at us for just the little things they need. If you’ve got a headache, you need some aspirin, you stop at our store. If you have a cold and you’re close by, you will drop by and grab a small container of cough medicine. We just fit the pocket.”

IMPULSE BUYING
This is borne out by retail trends. As Euromonitor International recently reported, mass-market retailers such as supermarkets and drug stores are expanding their health-and-wellness offerings, including vitamins and dietary supplements, and reorganizing their stores to position these products together. They are also leveraging impulse purchases.

“Customers who come to the store to pick up a prescription or buy an over-the-counter product augment their purchase with vitamins and dietary supplements,” Montoya said.

The drug store channel might have the most selection, but c-stores still offer expediency, even when it comes to cosmetics. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) total All Scan Convenience Store figures for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016 show nails (artificial nails, polish, polish remover, nail treatments and more) at $6.1 million, and accessories (eyelash adhesives and curlers, false eyelashes, makeup applicators, makeup remover) at $4.1 million, among the top-selling items.

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Sales of Pet Gifts Soar this Holiday Season

December 23, 2016

In 2016, dog and cat toys in the U.S brought in retail sales of approximately $1 billion.

As convenience stores stock up on gifts for last-minute holiday shoppers, they would be wise to include some stocking stuffers for furry family members.

These days stocking stuffers and bow-wrapped presents are increasingly extending to non-human loved ones especially in the growing market for cat and dog toys, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the brand new report “Durable Dog and Cat Petcare Products in the U.S.”

In the report, pet toys for dogs and cat encompasses a wide range of product types, styles and materials, from simple rubber and rope toys to high-tech items designed to help keep the pet active and entertained while the owner is away, in addition to cat scratchers and play furniture—a lucrative industry.

Thank—or perhaps blame—the influx of trends stemming from the human/animal bond for the uptick in seasonal pet toys. The U.S. pet market has already seen some of the biggest celebrity names cross over from the human side, including Martha Stewart, who’s PetSmart exclusive line of toys, leashes, bedding, collars, grooming supplies, and apparel includes seasonal Christmas themed items for our furry friends. Likewise, Allure Pet Products which features Barnyard and Woodland animals, in addition to its HuggleHound Knotties, has been known to produce special holiday characters such as a Santa Sock Monkey Knottie and a Santa Knottie in festive red and white for Christmas stocking stuffers.

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Prepaid Cards Gain Popularity

October 19, 2016

Safety and security are contributing to the popularity of prepaid gift cards.

The new Prepaid and Gift Cards in the U.S., 5th Edition from Packaged Facts has revealed that prepaid cards are growing in popularity, especially among low income customers, Millennials and individuals who are unbanked or underbanked.

Giving credit where credit is due, PayPal with its prepaid card is one of the chief industry players responsible for bridging the gap between prepaid cards as a niche commodity and the medium’s growing appeal.

“Increasingly competitive on everything from fees to safety and security to transparency, prepaid card accounts have become real alternatives to traditional bank accounts,” commented David Sprinkle, research director, Packaged Facts.

Packaged Facts found that almost half (48%) of prepaid card users have a PayPal prepaid card, well above major players such as Green Dot, NetSpend, American Express and the Walmart MoneyCard. Moreover, some 28% of them say they use the PayPal “the most,” a far higher rate of response than for other cards.

The results suggest that PayPal has become a significant player among consumers seeking alternatives to traditional banking: PayPal prepaid card holders can link their card to a PayPal account—and must do so in order to access any of its online features. This sets PayPal ahead of its competition because no other prepaid card can be directly linked in the same way. This alone may have pushed PayPal prepaid cards into the top tier of usage performers, given the enormous penetration of PayPal accounts and their outside-the-banking-system utility.

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Health and Beauty: More Than Before

April 29, 2016

Health and beauty aids (HBA) aren’t usually products that many c-stores take the time and trouble, or go to the expense to actively market. But they should.

The U.S. beauty industry reached $16 billion in 2015, a 7% increase over 2014 sales, according to the NPD Group. Makeup experienced the healthiest sales growth—13% during that period.

“As convenience stores look to augment their sales by expanding their lines of health and beauty products, they have several marketing tools to leverage,” said Ken Morris, principal of Boston Retail Partners, a business management consulting firm in Boston. “Beyond the obvious marketing strategies of expanded assortments and showcasing and promoting products at the point of purchase and fuel pump displays, savvy convenience store operators are using more innovative approaches to drive sales growth of specific products.”

LOYAL FOLLOWERS
Loyalty programs are becoming more common in the convenience store space, Morris said, especially with some of the destination convenience store chains that have a cult-like following. “Promoting health and beauty products with special discounts or extra reward points via the loyalty program is a great way to increase awareness and sales of products, especially those products consumers might not expect to find in a convenience store.”

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