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Posted on: November 16, 2021
Tell us about your store. Nez Perce Express is located in Idaho on the Nez Perce Reservation next to the Clearwater River, the Steelhead fishing capitol of the world. The Nez Perce Express also provides the fishing permits to fish the Clearwater River we have Steelhead, Chinook Salmon and tunnel pond permits. How has Harbor helped you to be successful? Harbor has helped us to be successful by the support of providing great products, on time delivery service and store resets to help keep great store flow for our customers. Harbor has been a great partner as we continue to grow together in our success. What unique programs do you have at your location? Harbor helped us to get the Skippers program going which in turn considerably increased our deli sales. We also started the Harbor Watertown coffee program where we have a great following as well with this select brand of coffee. How has your store been successful through COVID-19? The Nez Perce Express store has maintained our customer base by providing a safe and sanitary store for our patrons.
Posted on: November 3, 2021
Duracell and The American Academy of Pediatrics Join Forces to “Power Safely,” Helping to Further Educate and Drive Awareness to the Importance of Lithium Coin Battery Safety More important than ever due to an increase in battery ingestions* and more time at home during the pandemic March 16, 2021 – BETHEL, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Duracell, the most trusted battery brand, announced today that it is teaming up with The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help educate parents and caregivers about the importance of lithium coin battery safety to help prevent accidental lithium coin battery ingestions. With families spending more time at home combining work and home life into one, lithium coin battery safety is more essential than ever. This is why Duracell, with support from the AAP, is expanding upon its “Power Safely” program, which provides parents and caregivers access to lithium coin battery safety information and resources from their child’s health care provider to help keep their children safe. “Young children are curious by nature, and part of their exploration of the world around them can include putting things in their mouths. This makes it particularly important to keep dangerous objects like small batteries safely stored away,” said pediatrician Ben Hoffman, MD, FAAP, chair of the Council on Injury, Violence, & Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “We’re all spending more time in our homes, and there are devices everywhere, like remotes, key fobs and thermometers that may include small lithium coin batteries that are a hidden danger. In the past two decades, we’ve seen an increase in emergencies when young children have swallowed lithium coin batteries, as well as button batteries, with sometimes devastating results. Parents should keep batteries away from young children. Secure packaging and product innovations like a bitter coating offer additional layers of safety to help protect children.” Through Duracell’s “Power Safely” initiative, Duracell and the AAP will help to educate parents and caregivers on how to help keep children safe from lithium coin batteries. As part of the safety advice that pediatricians give parents during regular well-child check-ups, AAP recommends pediatricians counsel parents of babies and toddlers to keep lithium coin batteries out of reach. This summer, AAP and Duracell will distribute a lithium coin battery safety checklist to AAP member pediatricians that outlines common household devices that use lithium coin batteries and how to safely store such devices, as well as information on additional layers of protection, like secure packaging and using Duracell’s lithium coin battery with bitter coating to help discourage swallowing. Parents and caregivers can also download the lithium coin battery safety checklist on Duracell.com and HealthyChildren.org. “Duracell is devoted to giving parents and caregivers another line of defense when it comes to helping avoid accidental ingestions, which is why we have launched a non-toxic bitter coating on our most popular lithium coin battery sizes that is designed to help discourage swallowing,” says Roberto Mendez, President, Duracell North America. “Duracell is deeply committed to the relationship with the AAP, which will help educate parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing lithium coin battery safety throughout the home and help guide Duracell as we launch future safety innovations.” “Power Safely” kicked off in October 2020 with the release of an educational campaign and video by Duracell, and Duracell pledges to continue the campaign throughout this year and beyond. The video highlights how even the most child-proofed homes can still have hidden dangers and encourages consumers to practice hands-on prevention steps, like safely storing devices that contain lithium coin batteries away from children and using lithium coin batteries that come in child secure packaging and have a bitter coating. To learn more, please visit Duracell.com or HealthyChildren.org. *Consumer Product Safety Commission: Hospital Emergency Room Treatment for Some Product-Related Injuries Rose During the Pandemic, Even as Overall ER Visits Dropped About Duracell Started in the 1920s, the Duracell brand and company was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE-BRK.A, BRK.B) in 2016 and has grown to be the leader in the primary battery market in North America. The iconic Duracell brand is known the world over. Our products serve as the heart of devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them, and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a $250B holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in diverse business activities. Visit www.duracell.com for more information; follow us on Twitter.com/Duracell and like us on Facebook.com/Duracell.
Posted on: October 13, 2021
Sour Patch Kids Bites: First they're sour. Then they're sweet. And now they’re extra small! These bite-sized chewy candies pack a summery, mouth-puckering watermelon flavor into a mini, ultra-munchable watermelon shape. SOUR PATCH KIDS Bites are tiny, mischief-filled SOUR THEN SWEET treats. Soft, chewy, and oh so fun, this bite-sized watermelon candy brings some fun to any occasion! Whether you’re planning a road trip, movie night, or party, or simply stocking the snack shelf with treats, resealable bags of bite-sized SOUR PATCH KIDS candy are sure to be SOUR. SWEET. GONE. They’re also great for party favors, care package snacks, gaming snacks, and travel treats, and make fun dessert toppers! Pack Size Information: Small Stand up Bags is the #4 pack type in dollar volume of all Non-Chocolate pack types. This pack size grew 38.5% in dollar volume in the latest 26 weeks. Sources:  1. Innova Market Insights Consumer Survey, Jan 2019, 2. Nielsen Answers, 52 wks W/E 1/25/20 xAOC+C   3. Nielsen Homescan Panel Total US 52Wk Ending 4/06/19, 4. Nielsen Quick Predict,  Dec. 2018 Nielsen Non-Chocolate by pack type L26 wks ending 9.4.21
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Posted on: September 9, 2021
Haribo is a proven winner in their category, with GoldBears being an iconic brand customers know and love. With their 100 anniversary being celebrated, customers can enjoy new products like Limited Time Party Hat gummies and flavors like Blue Raspberry, Pineapple and Watermelon. In addition to their 100 year anniversary, Haribo has other new products like Haribo Sour Kicks Z!NG! This product provides a highly unique sour experience, delivering BIG sour flavor in every bite without the mess of a sour dust coating. Each stylish sneaker will electrify your taste buds with a range of fruity flavors. This new product has strong consumer testing results, it is highly rated by consumers as a fun product! This further expands Z!NG's offering of fun, unique and playful shapes and forms.
Posted on: August 12, 2021
To all Retailers, As you all know we are in an unparalleled time in history with numerous supply chain interruptions, we are working behind the scenes to ensure that we have practical product solutions for a disrupted supply eco-system. I have spoken with many innovative c-store and supermarket owners recently as they navigate a treacherous supply chain caused by the economic impact of Covid-19. Here is what I found they have in common: They are quick to temporarily pivot to items they can get instead of leaving a hole on the shelf for the disrupted item.They over project their quantities on the upcoming order to compensate for the items that manufacturer’s cannot supply to avoid shortages.They embrace new items, as manufacturers work hard to protect the supply chain on key new items.They use displays and floor stacks to create impulse solutions and to fill the shelf as the display sells down.They are creative with Grab & Go solutions for the store. In the upcoming weeks we will  looking at the top 25 impact outs each week and give you some items (with current inventory) that you pivot to in this challenging product pipeline.  We will also give you some commodity headlines, with behind the scenes insight on how we can partner together to win in this tough environment.
Posted on: August 9, 2021
About The Store Solutions TeamOur Store Solutions program was launched in the Fall of 2014. Our 11 Teams are located in 3 states Washington, Oregon, and Northern California totaling 20 Team members, including our newest Team out of Portland, OR based in our new Rich and Rhine Portland Distribution Center! The program is 7 years old and has added 6 teams throughout the Pacific Northwest since its inception. Our Store Solutions Team serves our 2,200 c-store and small market customers. Annually they re-set and merchandise approximately 500 customers across all regions. Their resets accomplish everything from cleaning up categories and retagging them, to building brand new gondolas, throwing a stocking order, and can include a redesign by request. How Does The Store Solutions Team Benefit Customers?Our Store Solutions team bring the most relevant and timely marketing and industry knowledge to each reset via SKU selections which are in our Merchandising Guide. These selections are based on industry data like MSA, Nielson, and IRI. This data is specific to the customers we serve. In addition, our team members are skilled at being creative and innovative with on hand resources, from shelving to racks, to achieve the best possible results. Not every customer hasidentical resources, so the challenge is real. How Does The Store Solutions Team Evaluate Stores?The team meets with the Territory Sales Manager, along with the store manager or representative to determine customer priorities and get a feel for how what the customer is expecting for their store. They then take this information and design a layout with category assignment. A great example of this is Jacks Mini Mart located in The Dalles, OR. This was a large job, approximately 5,000 sq. ft. Marcy, Lead Store Solutions Representative out of Vancouver, WA had the help of three Territory Sales Managers. They all pitched in on the job by tearing down shelving and rebuilding it. This job took a few months of preparation, with many new things moving into the location, but overall, the team did a great job resetting the store and making it look fantastic!
Posted on: June 15, 2021
Since 1923, Harbor has been a family-owned business supporting the family-owned businesses in our local communities. In celebration of Father's Day, we reached out to our customer Tek & Sundeep Sandhu, father-and-son owners of S&S Marts along the Oregon coast. Much like Harbor, their business is multi-generational and locally operated. Tell us about your stores (history, location, etc.) and how you support your community. Sundeep: My father, Tek Sandhu, was an immigrant from Punjab, India. He left home in his early twenties with a goal to build a better life for his family and achieve the American dream. Upon arrival, he worked in the farming industry. As he was able to gain experience, he landed a job at Winchell’s Donut House. Through hard work and determination, he was able to go from Baker, to Assistant Manager, to Manager, and eventually District Manager. In 1998, my parents bought their first store, Day N’ Night Market, in Vancouver, WA. From there, they bought more stores throughout Vancouver, and eventually on the coast in cities such as Seaside, Astoria, and Long Beach. One of the main reasons for the success of our stores is that we like to give back to the community as much as possible. Whether that’s giving donations to local schools, or sponsoring an event, we always value building up the area where we do business. Another way we give back is through renovating our locations. New flooring, cabinets, coolers, shelving, and overall design help give the community a revived and clean look. Tell us about the family-aspect of your business. History, family members etc. How has being family-owned benefited your business? Sundeep: We have always been a family-oriented business. The mindset of family first and business second has helped us keep our priorities in check. We are a large family, but very connected. My father and I oversee the general operations of all the coastal stores, while my cousins, Govrdan and Davinder, are in charge of day to day operations. My mother helps run a few of the stores locally. The fact that we are a family-owned business has helped shape our business because it helps us view our employees as part of our family, who then show that same respect towards the customers. How has your partnership with Harbor helped you to be successful? Sundeep: Harbor has the same priorities that we have, supporting our local communities. Just like we treat our employees and customers as family, Harbor shows that same love to us. Harbor is there to support us when we are working on a new project, like a remodel. The responsiveness and connectivity that we experience from Harbor helps when we are expanding and improving our business. We have had an excellent experience with Harbor and are excited for the future.
Posted on: June 9, 2021
ABOUT SUN PACIFIC ENERGYSpanning four generations, the Eerkes Family has provided quality fuel products and exemplary service to all their customers. Beginning in Yakima, Washington after WWI with a Richfield service station, they invested in their community of Tri-Cities, Washington by providing heating oil and lubricants, which was just the beginnings of Sun Pacific Energy. Convenience stores were the added in the 1980’s as well as acquisitions in Yakima and the Seattle area all to better serve their customers and communities. Sun Pacific currently operates 8 Sun Market stores, 4 Firehouse Sub restaurants and Golf Universe. They are expanding their footprint in Washington state with 4 more new locations over the next 2 years to include 3 more Sun Market stores and another Firehouse restaurant. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTSun Pacific Energy is committed to support the communities in which they conduct business. Each year the “Eerkes Memorial Golf Classic for Kid” is hosted by the Eerkes family and sponsored by Sun Pacific Energy. This annual event brings together the community and provides annual financial operating support for both organizations.Sun Pacific Proudly Supports:•Eerkes Memorial Golf Classic for Kids•Boys & Girls Clubs of America•YoungLife ASSOCIATIONSSun Pacific Energy personnel take an active interest and leadership positions in associations which directly impact the fuel and convenience store industries. Annual visits to Washington D.C. to interact with legislators continues to be an important component to monitor industry regulations.Staying ahead of current legislation and best business practices give Sun Pacific the edge in ensuring the best possible outcomes for both company-op and dealer sites. SUN MARKETS & HARBOR WHOLESALESun Markets has been a Harbor Wholesale Customer for 8 years. The Sun Pacific Energy team continually strives to maintain an excellent reputation in the communities they serve. They are founded upon three simple principles:•Friendliness: Working together as an efficient team to provide a consistently friendly and positive atmosphere for their customers and employees.•Cleanliness: Maintaining a safe and clean environment that provides quality products that are well merchandised at fair prices.•Honesty: Striving to be recognized as a leader because of their loyalty and integrity toward each other, their customers, their communities, and thir company. Sun Markets are your convenient on the go stop. If you are looking for a quick market to pick up your morning hot cup of coffee or some fresh food for a quick break, Sun Market is your place to stop. They offer fast and friendly service to make your pit stop as enjoyable as possible. Harbor has been instrumental in setting up new locations or revamping existing locations. With Harbor’s expertise in merchandising and schematics they are confident that they are providing their customers the best experience with the best product offerings. Harbor has consistently helped them enhance their coffee and fresh food programs with innovative ideas and with new products to keep them relevant to customer buying habits. Harbor has been a great partner that truly invests the time and resources to create the professional look and feel of their Sun Market stores. Sun Markets enjoys working with another family run business that values their customers and keeps their commitments. Sun Pacific Energy was fortunate to keep all of our locations open throughout the pandemic. Every employee kept their job and they pulled together as a team to help each other and their community during this time. Sun Pacific donated over 4,000 meals to local schools with children in need. At the same time, Sun Pacific donated over 1,000 meals to First Responders and healthcare providers.