It’s encouraging to see companies manufacturing their products in the U.S.A. Today, consumers are more conscious and making a real effort to buy from manufacturers that produce their products in America. Buying North American products is a great way to support the companies that are providing jobs and opportunity to homeland workers. Sweet Spud, Bambino Burper, Mood Lights and Winsome Fragrance Co. are some U.S.A.-based companies that are producing innovative products and supporting the American economy.
When it comes to design, most infant and toddler bottles tend more towards the utilitarian. They may consist of a clear, smooth plastic cylinder or be constructed of a lightweight glass, but a bottle is usually a bottle. And while there is nothing wrong with getting the job done, why not make mealtimes a little more enjoyable? Bottle Pets, developed by two mompreneurs who wanted to make feeding time a fun time, bring together two things that babies really like: milk and toys. They also bring together what families crave: convenience and peace of mind.
I am looking forward to attending the ABC Spring Educational Conference at South Point, Las Vegas on May 7-9. After attending so many trade events over the last 30+ years, I enjoy learning more about the children’s business, and especially seeing new things that may take me by surprise. The ABC SEC is one event that allows buyers, manufacturers, reps and media to get to know more about each other. The element of surprise is always part of new experiences. That’s why I asked several exhibitors these questions: “What would someone be surprised to know about you?” and “What will buyers be surprised to see in your 2013 line?”
Don’t miss this amazing sale to stock up on customer-loved snack bags with a rare 25% off special. This is a one-time event to say thank you to our wonderful retail partners and to celebrate the success of the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens™ Reusable Snack & Everything Bags.
We are pre-approving reduced MAP pricing of up to 25% off on both sizes of snack bags for May 2013 for our accounts, so you can decide if you want to pass the savings onto your customers or enjoy the extra margins yourself.
With Spring in the air, it’s time to have a little fun. Get creative and give your window or in-store displays a makeover!
Try a new theme. Check out this retail spotlight!
We love Urba Baby’s Chicago Cubs set-up with a Snack Happens™ Reusable Snack & Everything Bag. They did such a great job pulling together a variety of products and brands to make one interesting and engaging display.
Get inspired and use Itzy Ritzy products to tie together other themes to make an on-trend and fresh display statement:
Long before backpacks, students in early America often shared books so the need of a way to tote them was not part of the picture. Fast forward to today when, despite the electronic revolution, most kids carry masses of books not to mention phones, game players and personal treasures to and from school each day. Hence the popularity of the student backpack. At first, backpacks were simply functional, but now style is critical. Kids like packs that make them stand out, are easy to get into and can take the wear and tear they are subject to on the bus, in lockers or just sitting on the floor. Some of our favorites are from Uanyi, Herschel Supply, MadPax and Apple Park.
The age-old question every parent hears is, “What’s for dinner?” It seems as soon as baby starts on solids, things get much more complicated and parents find themselves questioning if baby is getting the right mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, essential nutrients and more. This is an area where guidance and great options are such a lifesaver. All these companies were founded by moms interested in nutrition, value and convenience: Sage Spoonfuls, Wean Green, BooginHead and Happy Family help families make mealtimes easier and nutritious.
Product. People. Price. These have long been the triple threat in success. Old marketing texts told me that one can have two, but usually not all three. ZoLi is an exception, as this top notch company offers the best of all three. Julia Shaw shares a personal look behind the ZoLi brand that she founded with her husband Chet Hong to provide young families with environmentally-safe, functional and sustainable product solutions, with a primary focus on a variety of feeding aids that feature modern, colorful and contemporary designs with easy practicality. I believe their success story has many more interesting chapters and look forward to seeing their future.
In March, Playtime New York explored the whole idea of space, from personal to inter-stellar, to space-time travel and wide open spaces. Every year since it began in 2007, Playtime has selected an artist to illustrate its trade fairs in Paris, Tokyo and New York. This year, taking off on last season’s successful collaboration, the noted artist was once again American illustrator Patrick Hruby who lent his talents to exploring the winter face of the geometric universe. Playtime’s 2013 fall edition showcased more than 100 children’s brands, including Little Flock of Horrors, Bella Bundles, belle&beanzer, and Fabulous Goose.
Office chairs are designed with a wide range of ergonomic functions to improve back posture and the work environment. Until now, this same attention to back pain has not been extended especially to new mothers. Momby Baby Support changes all of that. A new mom’s back gets tired for many reasons: c-section pain, carrying the new baby, toting gear and from repetitive feeding at awkward angles. With frequent feeding intervals, the back pain can interfere with daily participation in her child’s life. Conventional breastfeeding pillows offer little support for an aching back. The Momby Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding Support is a revolutionary product that provides supportive materials and an ergonomic design to help reduce back stress and make feeding easier for mom and baby.
Head back to school in style with Itzy Ritzy® with modern, functional products perfect for lunch, play dates, gym, swim class & more!
Our new, exclusive fabrics are now available! Sight Word Soup is a must-have for school. We packed this fabric with “sight words”, or “fast words”, which are common in print and kids are expected to recognize before graduating kindergarten. Mastery in identifying sight words is an early indicator of successful readers. Mixed in a “soup”, little ones can spot what they know!