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Making travels easier for your customers will deliver successful sales for you. The beauty of these products is they’re as useful in a holiday snowstorm as they are on the beach in the summer or a family picnic in the fall. Chances are these family-friendly travel items will fly off the shelf before the first bird tweet of spring, but if not, you’ll find them just as popular as people prepare for summer vacation. Here are some suggestions to get you going: BubbleBum, Toasty Bottle, Car Seat Cinema and PortaChair.

Whether it’s donating our time, treasure or talents to help the needy, ‘tis the season to give as generously as possible. Kids also want to help, but it has been difficult for many charities and aid organizations to properly connect and communicate with children to let them know what they can do. Children need to be empowered with the virtues of charity at a level they can understand and contribute what they can. Karito Kids (“Karito” means “loving one’s neighbor” in Esperanto) has created a way for children to help others when buying their dolls and storybooks.

The Internet’s top retailers responded to customers by phone, email and live chat over the four-day period that saw record-breaking online sales. Based on a study, it appears that retailers struggled to answer phone calls quickly with the average call wait time 139% higher for the top twenty-five retailers than usual. The study was conducted by STELLAService, an independent company that uses a nationwide network of mystery shoppers to evaluate the customer service performance and quality of Internet retailers.

Michael Scott Studio
No Slippy Hair Clippy, Inc.

Would you be ready to “swim with the sharks” to help your business? The contestants of ABC’s “Shark Tank” pitch their business deals and dreams to a few of the most well-known wheeler-dealer investors, otherwise known as “the sharks.” Four savvy children’s product inventors, who made their pitch on “Shark Tank,” impressed the investors enough that they had multiple offers to consider. Ride-On Carry-On, Mod Mom Furniture, Coverplay and Soy-Yer Dough are now backed with capital to make significant strides in the marketplace.

Too many young people don’t vote, in fact, barely a quarter of them made it to the polls in the last midterm election. Voter apathy led Mary Jane McKittrick to help rectify it by writing Election Day, part of the Boomer and Halley series. The book’s main characters, Boomerang, an Australian Shepherd dog, and Halley’s Comet, a silver streak of a cat, help teach kids important values in an easy-to-understand, fun-filled way. By putting Election Day on their book shelves, retailers can help parents open an important dialogue and frame questions that make the conversation and its implications stick in kids’ minds.

Businesses that donate to humanitarian causes are often known for “doing the work of the angels.” But the enigmatic power of angels lays not so much in their ability to show up just when they are needed, but that they represent the grace from a higher power. It is the strong helping the weak and downtrodden that is so appealing in the works of the angels as well as business owners, including Jennifer Rountree of You Are Good, who are making their mark by reaching out to those in need.

Woombie (KB Designs, LLC)
J. Austin Ryan Designs

Remember the tale about how a tiny pea kept a princess from sleeping soundly? The restless royal could not sleep the whole night and woke up achy and cranky. Think is would help if the pea were organic? Offering eco-friendly products to help little ones sleep makes sense for everyone. When children have a restful night and wake refreshed, the day gets off to a wonderful start. We are showcasing some terrific companies that make little ones’ nights silent and peaceful. With a bit of help from Greenbuds Baby, Woolly Boo, Crib Critters and New Jammies, children drift to the land of sweetest dreams.

Peace, love and Zen. If we had a little more of these in our lives, the world might — almost certainly would — be a better place. You can help foster these qualities when you stock Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones), a delightful book that reinterprets a classic Zen story in an accessible context for kids. The book, by Sanjay Nambiar, tells of a wise girl who experiences a series of events that at first seem lucky (or unlucky) but turn out to be quite the opposite. The book is beautifully illustrated with modern graphics juxtaposed with traditional backgrounds and a relatable “heroine.”

Most companies would be hard-put to identify the current economic season as a boom-time. However, there have been some bright spots in the current economy, largely thanks to small and medium sized businesses. It’s all about who you know and how you get your message out there, which is a long-standing reason that so many independent manufacturers foster relationships with experienced sales representative associations.Three sales rep firms that are thriving, Carolina Baby, The Coffs, and Annette & Associates, demonstrate how they help other companies flourish.

JP Lizzy
Pedoodles

Spark imaginations and infuse décor with cheer when you offer hand-painted, three dimensional wall art made from sustainable wood. The Dodo Bird sits proudly on a branch while the Silly Seahorse, Wacky Whale and Cool Elephant gaze outward to meet the viewer’s eye. Artoons wall sculptures are hand-painted, dimensional storyboards with lyric prose and a hint of sentimentality. Each of these works, sized sixteen-by-fourteen inches, help enliven children’s rooms.

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