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Convenience Store Displays – Ideas For Showcasing Your Merchandise

Many convenience store patrons are interested in only three things: Paying for gas, grabbing a quick snack, and picking up whatever items they forgot to pack or do not feel like traveling far to purchase. As a convenience store owner or employee, one of your jobs is to make sure you showcase your merchandise in such a way that grab a customer's attention and be convenient for that customer to purchase.

Some of the most common places to display your merchandise include registers and countertops, aisles, entryways, and deli-style areas. Below are suggestions for making the most of those areas by creating appropriate and effective convenience store displays.

Registers and Countertops

Placing merchandise on countertops and near registers is one of the most common ways storeowners choose to display their merchandise. Not only do these locations help prevent theft, but the also help ensure customers will see the merchandise.

Convenience store displays on countertops and near registers most often include small items like candy. Plastic containers work well with these kinds of displays. Of course, you can also find convenience store racks small enough to fit comfortably near your register or someone atop the countertop and these racks lend themselves to slightly larger items like bags of candy, chips, and trail mix.

Aisles

Convenience store racks like wire displays are great for showcasing merchandise in your store's aisles. Many storeowners choose to use these wire displays for items like bags of chips and candy, but they're functional for displaying a variety of products like maps, toys, and personal hygiene items a traveling customer might have forgotten to pack. You can even find wire displays made for holding acrylic dispensers for both your edible and non-edible merchandise.

Make sure you choose wire displays that will comfortably fit in your convenience store's aisles. If you have a lot of room, you might want to choose wider displays to showcase more merchandise; however, if your aisles are narrow, it's a good idea to choose narrow wire displays. These displays also come in a variety of heights, so if you must choose a narrow display you might be able to supplement the space by also choosing a tall display.

Entryways

Many convenience stores do not generally offer an abundance of space, and sometimes you must get creative in order to effectively and attractively display your merchandise. Entryways – just inside your convenience store's main door – are great places to store merchandise within space-saving, enclosed displays to protect the items from sticky fingers and the elements that might travel in each time a customer opens the doors.

Gumball machines are especially popular displays for convenience store entryways and you can choose from a wide selection of styles. Some gumball machines are traditional in that they are fairly tall, thin, and offer one plastic bubble filled with gumballs; however, gumball machines have come a long way over the years, and now you can select machines with two or even three plastic bubbles as well as small gumball machines designed to rest on multi-leveled wire display racks.

Deli-Style Areas

If your convenience store includes any kind of deli-style area, there's no question about whether you need plastic containers for holding items like napkins and hand wipes, straws and stick stirs, and condiments and seasonings. However, depending on the kind of foods you offer in your deli, you might also require displays designed for containers like cereal dispensers.

Is the Antique Business, Dying, Dead, Wounded Or Just Hybernating?

If you are a small business owner of a antique business, you have probably heard the "death knoll claims", been deluged with discouragement from the "gloom and doom" crowd and look frequently out your window to see if "the funeral procession" is passing by … I am here to tell you that while antiques as well as all discretionary retail businesses are challenged … they are not dead and will not be any time soon!

Almost every day I hear the constant comment from some customers and a lot of discouraged dealers saying that the antique is industry is dead, dying or disappearing. There rationale is:

1. The existing customer is not buying.
2. The existing customer has bought all they intend to.
3. The younger customer is not interested.
4. Everyone that might be buying is buying online.

I would like to give you "tough and committed" antique dealers who have store fronts some counter intuitive insight and contrarian opinion about the "state of things in the antique industry".

For years the antique industry (like many other industries in America) became over populated with part time, marginally committed participants who saw there opportunity to turn a "passion for garage sales" into "off or on the books" profits with little day to day efforts through the proliferation of antique malls everywhere! These dealers would "plop down" a security deposit, load up the SUV, get a few tables and cloths together and open up a Antique Mall Space. The large size of this group proliferated a huge amount of antique malls popping up on many main streets and malls throughout the United States.

The fallacy of this concept was the space was expensive, add on percentages pretty high, and marginally committed staff not having the same "vested interest" as a owner of a mall space would have. The dealers in the malls were not "retailing veterans" and in many cases found out at the end of the month that instead of the "slush funds" that they thought they had created, a bill for the short fall between space rent and sales was waiting for them on the first of the month instead of the hoped for check. A new "harsh reality" sunk in to the mall space tenants and they soon said this is not a good idea and "bailed" in record numbers. The "bailing process" of mall space tenants created huge empty gaps in antique malls and led to a new reality for the antique mall owner "they are upside down on their rent due to the vacancies". This has led to record Antique Malls closing their doors and hanging the "for rent" signs on the front of the buildings.

What is the post mortem of this process? "Bigger opportunities" for the surviving retail outlets for the sale of antiques by getting a bigger slice of a (economically caused) smaller pie. This is a moment to not lament the advent of online antique sales but take advantage of it. The internet gives a dealer a chance to reach millions of new customers and "start slicing up" their share of the smaller pie. The reduction in shopping malls makes your "brick and mortar" shop more appealing to the customer who enjoys a new adventure in a antique store (as long as he or she is welcomed with enthusiasm) and well priced and unique items to be tempted by.

Willl the antique industry and store survive and return back to life? I think so. The antique customer is first and foremost a "collector" not unlike a museum. They collect things that interest them, have intrinsic value to them and that they think will in time appreciate in value. The number and longevity of museums throughout the world is testimony that there is still interest in viewing and owning things of historical significance on the part of many individuals. A private collection of a "item of passion" for a collector is their private museum to be enjoyed by themselves and shared with friends … and perhaps ultimately sold for profit!

The traits that will determine the "winners and losers" in this antique industry "shakeout" are:

1. Perserverence coupled with tight expense control.
2. Exciting and unique merchandise flowed regularly to ensure newness to your repeat customers.
3. Good value. The days of "obscene profit" are over. $ 10 profit to $ 1 investment may happen occasionally but a more modest $ 3 to $ 1 sales price to cost ratio probably will give better value and motivate the thinning "customer count" to purchase.
4. A good attitude. The last thing anyone needs (or wants to hear) when they visit a store or business for some quality shopping time is "gloom and doom". Motivation and enthusiasm are contagious … so is wining and growsing. If you want more positive customers … be a more positive shop owner!
5. Look for new ways to reach new customers. Pack up the car or truck and hit the high, low, or medium end flea market, antique show or swap meet with a load of business cards and great merchandise. Give the people who stop by a "preview" of your taste and selection and invite them to stop by for a visit of the larger assortment in your shop. Give them a discount coupon, if you want to fuel urgency, to be used on their next visit.
6. Finally keep you store fresh. If new merchandise flow is not possible with current cash flow challenges … Rearrange your stocks so that the same items are presented in new locations, with new adjacencies and with new ways to visualize their use. You will find a old item becomes a new sale by simply moving it to a new location.

In summary when the going gets tough … The committed antique shop owner should look at the situation as a opportunity to grow market share … Not toss in the towel!

The world is littered with businesses that would have been successful with a little more perseverance and patience! Quitting is easy … Winning is commitment!

BBW Dating Sites – Good News For The Plus Size Beautiful Women

With the advent of smartphones, every single task of our lives has become easier day by day through the use of apps. Be it cooking, reading the newspaper, booking a cab and the most popular- socializing, apps have revolutionized our lives to a significant extent. And when it comes to the arena of socializing, dating apps and sites are certainly one of the most popular destinations for the singles.

What Are The Advantages Of A Dating Site ?

To name a few, here are some, out of a long list of benefits that an online dating site may offer you.

  • Distance can no more be a barrier for love. Apps have broadened the range of people with whom you can talk. Who knows, your soul mate might be living in someplace that you have never visited yet!
  • Dating apps can also take you to people with similar interests and choices, or to put it simple, just "Your" kind of person! So you do not have to keep looking for people with the same interest as yours and finally get disappointed after not having found one among your friend circle.
  • These apps make dating convenient for people who are shy or nervous about having a face-to-face interaction on their first date. It helps you staying at ease with your partner much before you meet him / her in person.
  • Dating apps have also made it convenient for the singles to interact on a faster and easier basis, with its simple and easy joining process that allows you to create a profile based on few questions.

What Is A BBW Dating App?

BBW dating apps and sites are some of the trending apps created especially for all the plus size beautiful and curvy singles and admirers.

For all the curvy girls, if you have ever been embarrassed because of your body, then these apps have to tell you something that you have a long list of admirers out there!

With a number of dating sites and apps being available just a click away, you might end up being confused about which app would be the right one to look for the right kind of partner. You might be unsure about the genuineness of the person you just met online.

Well, BBW dating site makes sure that each and every single profile, as well as the pictures, are genuine with its privacy policies.

So if you are single, and you think you still have not found the right one, then BBW dating app is THE destination you need to look. Who knows, your partner might also be waiting there online for you!

How to Lose Weight With “Fat Trapper” Diet Pills

As published in medical journals (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition), clinical studies have shown that "fat-trapper" diet pills containing Chitosan and fiber have effectively proven to promote weight loss and lower cholesterol. When searching for a secure and healthy way to promote weight loss, look for these ingredients in your diet pill supplement.

When the ingredients contain a natural fiber supplement, those diet pills act as a type of "fat-trapper" that is capable of trapping between 40 percent and 60 percent of the ingested fat in its gelatinous core and preventing its absorption, eliminating it with fiber . The best ingredients to look for on the bottle label will display a combination of psyllium, higher Chitosan levels when compared to typical diet pills on the market (50 mg), Karaya gum, apple pectin plantago ovata seed, glucosamine, glucomannan, and vitamin C . This combination of fibers also helps regulate your intestinal system and lower cholesterol as proven in the published clinical trials. Ideally, if the promotional material also states that their product holds patents, there are no side effects, and their product helps you lose weight while cleaning your system, lowering cholesterol, and helps you with triglicerides and controlling high pressure, all the better.

Of course, persons with allergies to any of these ingredients should consult a doctor before initiating a new regimen.

When you first start, most supplements will require you to take a two capsule serving size before each meal with an 8 ounce glass of water, starting at breakfast. Consuming a fiber supplement will help regulate and normalize your digestive system. If you do not notice a difference, you then increase the dose to no more than four capsules before each meal in most instances. The amount of weight you will lose will depend on how much fat is trapped and how much weight is lost as a result.

Typically, a proven product (look for their guarantee just in case it does not work for you) you can lose approximately three and-a-half pounds per week within 30 days without changing your diet or exercise habits. After 60 days, studies have shown over five pounds per week can be lost. However, for better results, combine your use of diet pills with a healthy diet and exercise program. And, of course, remember to always maintain a healthy lifestyle. That also means the product contains no sugar, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors.

More information will be available in the future. Product is currently sold out.

How to Make Rosogulla or Rasagulla – Trade Secrets Shared Here

Making and enjoying, Rosogulla is such a nostalgic journey to the past and a great tribute to my childhood and growing up in a very special place; Asansol in West Bengal. The smell of the wet earthen pot holding the Rosogulla, straight from the sweat-meat shops is invigorating.

There's lot of mystery surrounding Rosogulla; regarding it's place of origin – West Bengal or Orissa. It is widely believed that in 1868, Nobin Chandra Das of Bagbazar, Kolkata, invented, and became instantly famous; who was later supported by his son KC Das. Eminent historian, J. Padhi has claimed that "the Rasgulla is more than 600 years old. It is as old as the Rath Yatra in Puri". Ratha Yatra is a huge Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Orissa, India during the months of June.

Another school of thought: During the Bengal renaissance; between the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the upper class Bengalis employed the Brahmin cooks from neighbouring Orissa, famed for there culinary skills. As a result many Oriya delicacies got incorporated into Bengali cuisine. It was this during this time Haradhan Maira, a confectioner of Phulia district, Orissa, transferred this knowledge to Kolkata (Calcutta). NC Das modified the original version to extend it's shelf life and was thus credited with 'Sponge Rosogulla'.

VARIATIONS: Ladikenis – Bhim Nag invented this deep-fried syrupy Ledikeni that was created for and named after Lady Canning (wife of the Governor-General of India, Lord Charles John Canning.) When she arrived in Calcutta with her husband in 1856, in the electric days before the Sepoy Mutiny.

Making Festive "Coloured" Rasgulla. The most common colours in use are Pink and Orange. To make coloured Rasgulla, do NOT add food colour to the milk. Add desired food colour while kneading the Cheese. Roshogulla stuffed with Cardamom, Raisins. Adding Rose water and Saffron. Rasagulla is the first cheese based sweet, and is a precursor to many other Bengali Sweets: Rasmalai, Pantua, Cham Cham, Sandesh to name a few.

Things You'll Need: To Make Chenna / Paneer (Cheese)

  • Organic Full Fat Milk – 1 litre
  • Plain Natural Yoghurt (1) – 200ml or
  • Lime Juice / White Vinegar – 2 tbsp

Yield – 260grams Chenna Divide into 12 equal portions

Sugar Syrup

  • Water – 300ml
  • Sugar – 200grams (add to taste)

Golden Touch Preparation: [Making Cheese – 1 hour 30 mins + 40 mins]

  1. Boil Milk in a deep bottomed, non-stick pan.
  2. Stir regularly with a wooden spatula to prevent Milk sticking to the bottom.
  3. Once boiled, lower heat; add Yogurt. In about 3-5 minutes, curdling starts, separating the Whey (2) from the Chenna / Panner / Cheese (3).
  4. Line a strainer with Cheese Cloth. Leave it there for 1 hour (4).
  5. Knead the Chenna for about 5 minutes, resulting in a smooth, soft dough.
  6. To test the readiness of the Chenna, rub a small amount of Chenna on your palms and make a small ball out of it. If the ball holds together in a smooth ball, it is ready. If not knead for another 5 minutes. If too dry and crumbly add a few drops of water (5).
  7. Just before you are about to make the balls, in a 24cm diameter, deep non-stick stock pot, add Water and Sugar and bring to boil on low flame. Stir occasionally.
  8. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Knead each ball tightly in your palm and roll into a smooth balls, without cracks. These small balls end up three times their size after cooking.
  9. Add the balls to the boiling syrup, carefully. Cover. Boil on full flame for 20-25 mins (6).
  10. Remove from flame. Allow to cool.

Golden Touch Service Serve chilled on it's own in the Sugar syrup or with Misti Doi (Sweetened Yoghurt).

NOTES:

1. Yogurt vs Lime Juice / Vinegar. This is my variation. All other recipes you'll find adding Lime Juice or White Vinegar to curdle Milk. Benefits of using Yoghurt; it does not leave the after taste of sourness and produces a greater yield of Chenna. Tried and tested method at Chacko's Kitchen.

2. Whey can be used for kneading Flour for Chappati, Roti, Naan instead of Water; also can be used to cook Lentils.

3. Caution: The Cheese become hard and rubbery if you continue to boil after this stage.

4. This is an important stage, and I would like you to take it seriously. You need NOT leave it for long, or press it down under weight, unlike when you make Paneer. Rosogulla requires moisture in it. In hotter climates, reduce this time to say 45 minutes.

5. The softness of Rasgulla depends on how well you knead the Paneer. The more you knead, the more spongier the Rasagulla be.

6. Do not add too many at the same time; as they need to expand and become spongy. Commercial Rasgulla is dipped in too thick sugar syrup, therefore when you make at home you can adjust the Sugar to your requirements.