SPAR Installation & Assembly to provide furniture and equipment assembly services for ATGStores.com customers

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Group, Inc. (“SPAR”), a leading global supplier of merchandising and other retail services, is happy to announce that it will be partnering with leading online home furnishings company ATGStores.com, a Lowe’s company since 2011, to provide in-home, in-office and on-site assembly services of furniture and equipment to ATGStores.com customers through its SPAR Installation & Assembly division.

ATGStores.com customers will be able to either bundle the assembly service with their purchase or order it separately for items they already own. SPAR Assembly & Installation provides flexible scheduling within two days of delivery for most orders with service performed by professional, friendly, fully insured technicians.

The assembly service is another way for ATGStores.com to advance its position as an online home furnishings retailer that offers more personalized service options to pair with its curated product selection. Stated ATGStores.com president Michelle Newbery, “We want our customers to know ATGStores.com can provide everything they might need for their homes, from professional interior design consultation all the way through to assembly and installation. We’ve always been very proud of our product line, and now we have great services to complement it.”

Newbery went on to say that, “SPAR is a respected service provider in the furniture assembly industry and we’re excited to offer their expertise to our customers to help them take their projects from concept to completion.”

SPAR VP of Operations and Business Development Mike Florkowski voiced his excitement at helping ATGStores.com enhance the customer experience. “ATGStores.com has worked hard at developing a great online customer shopping experience. We understand the importance of continuing that experience with great service after the customer gets the product home, and are dedicated to doing so, as we have for over 25 years with a high level of customer satisfaction.”

About SPAR Group, Inc.
SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. SPAR provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide, primarily in grocery, drug, big box, discount/dollar, office supercenter, warehouse/club, specialty, pet, department, and convenience/gas channels. Additional services include new store sets and remodels, price and compliance audits, fixture/display installation and service, furniture and equipment assembly in stores, offices and homes, assisted sales, product demonstrations, and Click & Collect services. SPAR provides these services in the U.S. and across the globe. SPAR started as a sales promotion analysis company in 1967, has been supplying merchandising and other retail services in the U.S. since 1979, and internationally since acquiring its first international subsidiary in Japan in 2001. SPAR currently does business in 9 countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey. For more information, please visit SPAR Group’s website at www.sparinc.com.

About ATGStores.com
ATGStores.com, a Lowe’s company since 2011, offers high-touch customer care, a curated selection of high-quality home furnishings, interior design services and professional installation for a seamless shopping experience, from concept to completion. The company features more than one million products in a host of different categories, from lighting and furniture to hardware and decor.

To learn more, visit ATGStores.com or email questions to press@atgstores.com

For more information, contact: pressinquiries@sparinc.com

Source: SPAR Group, Inc.

UK Manufacturer Of Point-Of-Sale Products Highlights Must-Have Display Items For Christmas Promotions

Stuck for inspiration this season on how to display any last minute seasonal point-of-sale? Well there’s still plenty of time to order items for the run-up to Christmas, and to make product selection easier, UK Point Of Sale Group Limited has come up with a quick-fix solution – a Christmas wish list.

The UK manufacturer of point-of-sale (UK Point Of Sale) materials has created the must-have list as it has been reported that consumers can look forward to seeing significant promotions and early winter sales this year. So UK POS believed a quick call stating the Christmas wish-list would assist retailers with their orders during this extremely busy period.

With UK POS’ best possible prices and next day delivery available, the list features six point-of-sale options, including:
– A1 Pavement A Boards Sign to get customers in store
– A4 Snap Frames to promote Christmas special offers and deals with interchangeable posters
– Shelf Talkers for stand out pricing displays
– A4 pallet Stacking Card Holders for large displays of product promotions
– Flag Sign Holders to catch the customers attention with special offers and deals
– Extending Wire Hooks for ceiling posters to guide customers through the store

It was Rob Templeman, the chief executive of Debenhams, who predicted that consumers can look forward to significant promotions this Christmas with retailers looking to boost revenues after a somewhat turbulent year*. However UK POS fears that retail outlets could soon become over run with offers or overcrowded sales, when in fact retailers should be taking the less is more approach.

UK POS’ sales and marketing director, Debra Jamieson advises:
“Overcrowding shelf space with various offers and promotions can be off putting for consumers and leave shoppers confused as to what product is truly the best value for money. Being clear and concise about your brand offerings is more important than ever this Christmas to ensure retailers secure those all important sales.”

“Retailers need to make consumers feel that an offer is too good to be missed. As such, we are advising our customers to rotate displays during the run up to Christmas, creating first come first serve offers that encourage that immediate impulse response.”

UK POS’ next day delivery service means that retailer’s can select their must-have display products and have them delivered in time for the Christmas rush. For further information call UK POS on 0161 431 4400 and quote: Christmas Wish List.

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ElbowFriend.com, The Ergonomics Brand, Adds New Vendors And New Color

Ergonomics office brand Elbow Friend is happy to announce working with Georgia based healthcare services company Cypress Care, and online retailer Chairarmpads.com. Elbow Friend is also introducing a new color in its line of ergonomic chair accessories: The Midnight Black Elbow Friend, for the professional corporate environment.

Midnight Black joins other professional colors such as Executive Gray and Royal Navy, along with its more vibrant original colors Grassy Green, Sunflower Gold and Racin’ Red.

The Elbow Friend is a super-plush, detachable armrest cushion that attaches with velcro straps or adhesive velcro to a chair’s armrest. It was created by a Film & Television Editor who has spent more than a decade sitting in uncomfortable office chairs. Elbow Friend retails for $22.95 for a pair, samples and Press Kit are available to the Press.

“I found it to be especially effective when using a computer mouse.” – Theresa Wozniak, OTR (Occupational Therapist)

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Equal Strategy Helped New Balance To Project A Total Sensory Experience With A Retro ’50’s And ’60’s Look And Feel In Their World’s First New Balance Experience Store In Beijing

Asia’s leading ‘environmental branding consultancy’ Equal Strategy has helped New Balance to project a total sensory experience with a retro ’50’s and ’60’s look and feel in its World’s first New Balance Experience Store in Beijing’s historic Qianmen Avenue.

Equal Strategy Helped New Balance To Project A Total Sensory Experience With A Retro '50's And '60's Look And Feel In Their World’s First New Balance Experience Store In Beijing

The store, New Balance’s first ever Experience Store™, showcases the company’s century-long heritage over two floors amidst framed archival photographs, vintage New Balance advertisements and brand paraphernalia dating as far back as 1910.

A DNA ribbon which extends from the first floor entrance all the way to the second floor takes the consumer through a chronological journey documenting the brand’s rich past, present and future. The detail in the overall store design is further complimented by audio, visual and olfactory experiences throughout the store including the unique smell of natural woody notes, with a touch of leather, reminiscent of a shoe store’s scent from the mid-20th century.

What does New Balance sound and smell like? To create the right atmosphere for the brand product highlights, Equal Strategy’s sensory marketing guru Simon Faure-Field deployed a woody scent coupled with 1950’s style “be bop” music. Customers can“bop while they shop” to the supplied sounds of Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In addition, Equal Strategy’s programmed in-store messaging directs customers to check out the store’s second floor merchandise and repeatedly highlights New Balance’s unique Performance DNA concept. Scientific research has found that 40% of shoppers who listen to in-store audio messages are influenced in their purchasing decisions.

According to Equal Strategy, Scientific studies found the sense of smell is the only sense directly connected to the brain’ centre for memory and emotions. More than 80% of customer decisions are influenced by what we smell! Scientific olfactory studies conducted in the United States found that training shoes which had been lightly scented with a barely-perceptible fragrance sold more pairs and for a higher premium than unscented trainers.

Bob Neville Regional Retail Manager for New Balance in Asia Pacific commented “we are very pleased with the way the music, messaging and specially formulated New Balance ‘aroma’ integrate within the built three dimensional aspect of the New Balance Experience Store. We want to create a brand experience that is totally reflective of the brand essence and as such this has to go beyond what you see and encompass all of the human senses. This first Experience Store in Beijing marks the first of a global role out and will for the first time see, hear and smell the New Balance brand in an integrated and total experience”

About Equal Strategy
Equal Strategy delivers “music”, “fragrance” and “recorded telephone messages on hold” to businesses in a scientific way that enhances the overall customer experience of the brand and causes the customer to stay longer and buy more! Equal Strategy is the only company in Asia that specialises in deploying “music” and “fragrance” solutions to business where the two senses are stimulated in synergy with each other.

Sound and smell deliver stimuli directly to the memory centres of the brain, influencing behaviour and creating suggestion at both the conscious and unconscious levels. Decades of behavioural research into the habits of consumers has found that “consumer arousal” can be either stimulated or suppressed through the use of mood settings like music and fragrance.

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Wyevale Voted Best Garden Centre By The BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

The Wyevale Group is celebrating after being voted the ‘Best Nursery or Garden Centre’ in an online poll by the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.

The voting for the awards was open to members of the public and received thousands of nominations through the BBC Gardeners’ World website, making them a true reflection of people’s opinions. It is therefore particularly rewarding for the Wyevale garden centre group to be given the coveted title of ‘Best Nursery or Garden Centre’ as part of the inaugural Gardeners’ World Magazine awards.

The BBC launched their 2009 awards in March by inviting readers of the Gardeners’ World Magazine and users of the gardenersworld.com website to vote on categories including most loved and most hated plants and vegetables, the most common garden pest, the gadget they couldn’t live without, the best garden centre and best online garden centre/mail order supplier. The voting was opened to the public for a 3 month period in an effort to find out exactly what people liked and didn’t like about life in the garden. Overall more than 7,900 gardeners voted across a series of categories.

The Wyevale Group achieved success after being rated the best nursery on 5 separate indicators which covered: value for money, service, choice, quality and overall performance.

Nicholas Marshall, Chief Executive of Wyevale, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the title of Best Garden Centre in the Gardeners’ World Magazine’s online poll. It is a testament to how hard the staff work at all 122 garden centres in the group.

“We would like to thank all the garden centre teams and staff at Head Office for their hard work and commitment in helping us to win this top accolade.”

About The Gardening Club
Wyevale Garden Centres originated as a local nursery in Hereford in the 1930’s, when plants were sold bare-root by mail order only during the dormant season. Today, gardening is a wide ranging activity from real enthusiasts who grow specialist plants from seed to families for whom the garden is an outdoor room to decorate and furnish in their own style

The Gardening Club is a family of garden centres. The group stocks a wide range plants, tools, garden furniture, BBQs and machinery to suit every style of gardening. With over 120 garden centres nationwide and a website stocking over 2,000 gardening products there is something for every gardeners taste.

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Displaysense Helps Retailers In Their Fight Against Swine Flu

Displaysense has announced that, with the number of swine flu cases continuing to rise across the UK, retailers and manufacturers are now going to extreme lengths to prevent the spread of the highly contagious illness throughout their customers and staff.

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Demand for swine flu protection equipment has gone through the roof over the past few weeks, with Displaysense, a Hertfordshire based shop fittings provider, reporting that sales of their face masks and antibacterial hand wash have more than trebled and stock of the items is having to be ordered daily to keep up with demand. Not only has the retail display company seen a dramatic increase in sales of their face masks, but the range of searches on the company’s website for swine flu preventive products has gone up ten-fold, overtaking the more popular searches for products such as business card holders.

Steve Whittle, marketing manager at Displaysense, commented on the findings by saying, “We have had a big increase in demand for a lot of our products, from small clothing manufacturers purchasing a large quantity of masks to protect their work force, to retail stores purchasing antibacterial wipes and disinfectant hand gel to encourage customer and staff usage as well as keeping work surfaces sterile.”

Not only has the sale of face masks rocketed, but the sale of storage devices related to the virus has also been on the up, with products such as medical display cases and leaflet holders seeing an equally as large increase in sales.

“With the economy as it is, the fear of what swine flu can do to a struggling high street workforce and the potential reduction of footfalls of consumers, has many retailers reeling,” continued Steve Whittle. “We are just glad that we can supply such products to help these businesses combat this potential threat.”

The government are tackling the outbreak head on by distributing a leaflet to homes across the country this May, informing people of the symptoms and actions to take to prevent contracting and passing on the illness. Displaysense are also playing their part, by creating a dedicated page on their site that not only provides information on swine flu related products, but also provides links through to the government’s advice website and a health protection agency website.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 20,000 displays for retail, exhibitions, office and home. The range is now hugely diverse including literature displays, display cabinets, mannequins, office equipment, exhibition stands, catering supplies and even items for the home.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including; retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities and even home consumers.

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Displaysense Has Joined The Many Number Of Companies That Are Having To Find Ways Of Being More Efficient And Save Money In The Current Economic Climate By Not Only Investing In A Waste Disposal System But Also Aiming To Make Money From Their Waste

Displaysense, the Hertfordshire-based retail company, has joined the many number of companies that are having to find ways of being more efficient and save money in the current economic climate by not only investing in a waste disposal system but also aiming to make money from their waste.

Displaysense, the UK’s leading supplier of display cabinets and other shop fittings, have recently invested in a new waste compactor and waste recycling service which not only reduces the amount of cardboard and plastics heading to landfill, but also helps reduce the number of trips regular waste disposal lorries have to make to the company’s warehouse.

The company, who originally used a 12cy skipping service, now uses its new compactor, reducing company costs by nearly 70% and saving hundreds of pounds. The compactor not only helps to cut down costs, but the amount of bulk waste has also been reduced down to two small pale loads of cardboard and plastic per week, which is a great help when disposing of some of the companies used mannequin boxes.

Not only is the company saving money but there are certain companies in the UK that buy compacted waste and Displaysense are now working with one such company.

Stuart Parnis, the warehouse manager at Displaysense commented on the success of the new compactor by saying, “We don’t make a lot from selling our waste but it helps to pay off the cost of the waste compactor. I feel a little like the Wombles, as we are making good use of what others regard as rubbish.”

Stuart added: “Since we introduced the new compactor in March, we have already noticed how efficient it is making certain processes within the warehouse, by reducing the time spent having to deal with collections.”

Displaysense, who now only require a small bin outside their warehouse doors for unrecyclable waste, are keen to see how many more savings they can make with further green technologies to help recycle some of their other items such as the plastics from returned clothes rails.

With a new website introduced in March of this year and 20,000 more products added to its range, it has already been a big year for change at Displaysense and it seems that there are even more ideas coming in the pipeline that won’t go to waste.

About Displaysense 
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 20,000 displays for retail, exhibitions, office and home. The range is now hugely diverse including literature displays, display cabinets, mannequins, office equipment, exhibition stands, catering supplies and even items for the home.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including; retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities and even home consumers.

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Wyevale Garden Centres Has Overhauled Its Website To Allow Users Easy Access To The Gardening Club Features As Well As Providing Each Garden Centre With Its Own Personal Web Page

Wyevale Garden Centres has overhauled its website to allow users easy access to the gardening club features as well as providing each garden centre with its own personal web page.

The extra prominence afforded to the gardening club means that shoppers can sign up to the club for free and then add details of their gardening club card, in order to get points with in-store purchases as well as by buying online, whether they’re getting a Flymo lawnmower, a new log store or just a new plant pot.

Every £1 spent by a gardening club member will result in five club points for the shopper who can then track their points total online thanks to a new online tool. Points are later redeemable as vouchers. Registered members will also receive an exclusive e-mail newsletter and will be privy to offers online that are otherwise not visible to visitors who are not part of the gardening club.

The website header of the main site has been rebranded to become Gardening Club so that each garden centre in the family can rediscover its own brand identity, allowing individualism and personality to come out on their personal web page.

An online store finder is available to help website visitors find their nearest garden centre, where they can then find out opening times and other pieces of relevant information. Each garden centre web page targets customers directly by giving them information about facilities available, their address and other contact details. A personal touch is added to each garden centre page with the name and an image of the manager published alongside a topical gardening tip.

The website now supports both the garden centres’ and The Gardening Club’s e-commerce services to supply every gardening need from plants to care products, tools to garden furniture and sheds to bird houses. Other features on the Gardening Club website include monthly gardening advice topics and the option to hire tools and machinery.

About The Gardening Club
The Gardening Club is a family of garden centres. The group stocks a wide range plants, tools, garden furniture, BBQs and machinery to suit every style of gardening. With over 120 garden centres nationwide and a website stocking over 2,000 gardening products there is something for every gardeners taste.

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Displaysense To Revive Retail

Displaysense, who currently provide retail display and shop fitting equipment to the UK, Ireland and Europe has set its sights high this year by adding to its already extensive range with an additional 19,000 new products this March. Not only will Displaysense be able to provide greater choice for the retail display sector, but also exhibition, office, home and catering.

With new products such as furniture, stationary, and safety equipment to compliment the extended ranges of display cabinets, shelving units and literature holders, Displaysense is set to dominate this year with even more products on the way in April including a wide selection of exclusive display cases.

To keep all these new products in check and provide a simple purchasing experience for all customers, Displaysense has undergone months of website testing and design. Over the coming months it plans to add in even greater facilities and design developments to help customers find what they are looking for, f r o m the largest of cabinets to the smallest of business card holders.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense commented on the new developments by saying, “We have been working hard over the past few months with our web development agency to ensure that we not only provide excellent navigation around the new site, but offer a simple transaction process f r o m product to checkout. We enhanced our website back in February 2008, but this change is in a totally different league as we are dramatically increasing our product range and we hope our customers benefit f r o m a greater choice of products”.

Displaysense experienced considerable growth both online and offline over 2008 and is looking forward to seeing how far 2009 will take the company and is boldly proclaiming that this is just the beginning of the bang.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays and shop fittings. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1500 displays. The range is now extremely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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Displaysense Raise The Issue Of Fire And Safety Protocols In The Workplace

Displaysense calls for businesses and workers to take note of the upcoming national no smoking day and pay more attention to health and safety following potentially disastrous incident in Telford.

Ever since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007 there have been mixed views on the law, however a warehouse worker in Telford decided to defy the regulation and watch some new office products go up in smoke.

Displaysense the UKs leading supplier of mannequins and shop display equipment were happy to receive a phone call from a customer, with what sounded like a repeat order for products the company had only ordered a month earlier.

During the phone call the unfortunate reason behind the repeat purchase was revealed. A temporary agency employee ignored the smoking ban, having snuck away for a crafty fag and accidently set fire to half of a small storage room at the back of their warehouse.

The company bought clothes rails, containers and display cabinets from Displaysense with the intention of using them in their offices after they completed a refurbishment and had temporarily placed them away in a storage room while the offices were decorated.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense commented, “Although our products are high quality, they are not meant to be completely fire proof. It was potentially a very dangerous situation and perhaps the individual involved should take note of the no smoking day on the 11th of March and quit while he is behind.”

Steve continued, “It just goes to show, with the various promotions the government runs to highlight the risks of fire, some businesses aren’t taking appropriate steps to protect their business and the message isn’t getting through to their workers”.

Given this incident, Displaysense are going to contact its customers to raise the question about their businesses health and safety measures, and offer appropriate solutions to protect their lively hood.

The fire and rescue services attend more than 30,000 work related fires around the country each year, with impacts including businesses not reopening, loss of jobs or even loss of life. With the no smoking day on March the 11th, the smoking ban and increased monitoring of fire and safety protocols in the workplace, it is hoped that this number falls and similar situations to that of the Telford warehouse can be avoided.

It is understood that employees at the warehouse managed to put out the fire without needing to contact the emergency services. The worker in question has subsequently been fired and told not to darken their doors or cabinets, again.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1600 displays. The range is now extremely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and
business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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Displaysense set to introduce more than 767 shelving products made up from only 27 component items to help budget squeezed companies looking for greater value for money from their purchases

Displaysense to introduce innovative new shelving ideas for cash strapped businesses. During these tricky economic times it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to justify purchasing bespoke shop fittings in order to display their products, advertise their services and promote their brand. With this in mind, Displaysense has a simple solution that is not only budget and user friendly, but also more diverse than a Lego set.

With an artillery of 27 components, Displaysense – the UKs leading supplier of shop fittings and wire chrome shelving units -has plans to reveal a total of 767 combinations of retail shelving solutions. This extensive range of shelving will allow customer to adapt and craft unique displays to suit any business environment from caterers to offices and even for the home.

Unlike a number of competitor suppliers of wire chrome components, Displaysense is set to be the first to provide customers with a unique glimpse at the products’ potential usage and combinations. Already boasting an existing range of more than 60 units, Displaysense plan to expand that number further thanks to recent component parts that include clothing rails and sloping brochure holders that open the door for more industries to take advantage of the products’ potential.

Steve Whittle, marketing manager at Displaysense, commented, “We are constantly trying to diversify our product range or create new solutions at Displaysense. You could say it’s in the blood, as we often extend our product range simply by imagining who the end user could be. Our ballot boxes are a perfect example of this as we originally had a limited number of floor standing units. So we designed our own solution by adding two products together and they have gone down a storm with our customers”.

Steve continued, “Our designs enable businesses to buy shelving solutions that can grow and adapt to their business needs, providing them far greater value for money than other shelving and display options out there.”

The company doesn’t plan to stop there with its products either, as Steve forecasts that 2009 is set to be a fantastic year for the business, as more innovative display solutions are introduced to aid the struggling retail sector.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of more than 1500 displays. The range is now hugely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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Displaysense reports sales of catering equipment increasing in the lead up to Valentines Day

Displaysense reports that while Valentines Day is renowned as the most romantic day of the year, with couples expressing their love for each other with gifts and for many, tying the knot, making it one of the busiest marriage periods in the year, it’s not just flowers and chocolates that are in demand this February.

This busy marriage period has lead to Displaysense (http://www.displaysense.co.uk), the UKs leading supplier of affordable shop fittings and catering equipment, having to double their stock of cake displays, after increasing demand from customers who are intending to cut down on the big day expenses due to the ongoing credit crunch by doing a lot more themselves rather than payout for caterers.

After various calls to the Displaysense sales team, a number of customers have indicated that other businesses are also benefiting from the downturn, as a number of people are renting equipment or making items for the big day, rather than purchasing it.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense said, “There definitely seems to be a growing trend of people looking to DIY their wedding day. If this trend continues, we may change our future new product plans and introduce more wedding related products”.

Steve commented further by saying, “Some of our customers have been very inventive with their purchases, one example was a customer who cut down on their wedding stationary and purchased some note clip holders from our leaflet holders range and used them for table and name placements as well as menu holders“.

On speaking to suppliers and the local business community, Displaysense has learnt that certain businesses are even planning to extend their January sales to cover the first two weeks of February to pick up this marriage trade and supply products to couples who are working with a tighter wedding budget.

With wedding numbers decreasing by an estimated 35% since their peak in 1972, couples have preferred to co-habit, rather than tie the knot. However, the race to exchange vows on Valentines Day always leads to a surge in the Marriage figures and the numbers of people filling the countries church pews.

With the credit crunch in place tightening the purse strings on everything from the dresses to the catering, Displaysense wishes all those couples good luck and hope the trend for more DIY weddings continues in 2009.

About Displaysense

Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1500 displays. The range is now hugely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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Commercial-grade grow lights are available to the public at wholesale prices

AccessDiscounts.com – a leading supplier of grow lights, residential lighting and commercial lighting, offers savings on its entire selection of grow lights and grow light systems for commercial or residential use. Grow lights effectively simulate the effects of sunlight on plants (photosynthesis) in indoor environments, and come in an array of spectra, depending on the stage of growth. Grow lights are used by horticulturalists to promote plant growth.

“As consumers seek out safer sources of produce and specialty plants grown hydroponically, at relatively reasonable prices, we are seeing a higher demand for energy efficient grow light solutions,” stated Christina Roush, spokesperson for Access Discounts. “Our selection of grow lights and grow light systems offer most growers just the right solutions for their plants’ needs. Whether choosing LED or fluorescent lights, with or without reflectors, shoppers will find the best prices at Access Discounts.”

Recreational and commercial growers can take advantage of the significant savings available through Access Discounts. A variety of grow light types, each with its own growth characteristics, are available through Access Discounts’ online store. High pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) lamps provide the high intensity discharge (HID) lamps needed for the vegetative stage of plant growth. Lamps can be purchased by spectrum color, or as full-spectrum solutions and growing systems.

Access Discounts’ buying power and strong supplier relationships allow the company to obtain significant savings, which are passed on to customers. Manufactured in the USA, all residential, commercial and grow lights sold by Access Discounts are precision engineered to meet ETL, UL and CUL standards.

Specializing in an extensive selection of commercial lighting and residential lighting and grow lights, Access Disounts brings affordable prices to retail and commercial customers. Commercial lighting solutions include high bay lights, low bay lights, wall packs, flood lights, exit and emergency lights, ceiling HID fixtures, HID replacement lamps, ballast kits, capacitors/ignitors, sports lighter, induction lights, garden bollards, conversion bulbs, barn lights, construction lights, motion sensor lighting, roadway lighting, vaporproof lighting and Skillers Work Wear.

The residential lighting selection includes bathroom lighting, kitchen lighting, ceiling lighting wall lighting, lamps, chandeliers, pendants, fountains, foyer, outdoor lighting and energy saving lights. Grow light systems, fluorescent fixtures, grow light ballasts, grow light reflectors, grow light bulbs, grow light accessories, replacement ballast kits, replacement capacitors, replacement ignitors and LED Gro Master

About Access Discounts
AccessDiscounts.com provides a wide selection of grow lights, residential lighting and commercial lighting of the highest quality. Leveraging the close relationships developed with top lighting manufacturers, Access Discounts is able to provide the very best in lighting solutions at affordable prices. As a leading supplier of lighting fixtures for horticultural lighting, indoor and outdoor lighting, Access Discounts strives to bring quality lighting to customers nationwide. Founded in 2002 with headquarters in Milpitas, Calif., AccessDiscounts.com offers lights, lighting fixtures and accessories for residential, commercial and horticulture lighting needs. For more information, please visit AccessDiscounts.com.

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After more than 32 years of business, Argos Sports is staying on top of changing needs and demands by investigating the latest, greatest, and safest sporting equipment

Argos Sports has expanded their broad selection of products to meet the needs of fitness and gaming enthusiasts of every competency level. As a very large, independent fitness equipment firm, they strive to be your one stop shop for all your sports and fitness needs.

www.argos-sports.co.uk will price match any competitor. Established in 1976, they are not new to this business and have a thorough understanding of the quality and 100% customer satisfaction cycle that must occur to keep customers coming back.

Point your browser to www.argos-sports.co.uk for the latest treadmills, snooker tables, and pool tables as well as elliptical machines, trampolines, heart rate monitors, and anything you could possibly need to get in shape or simply have fun!

Argos Sports is offering their full selection of treadmills, snooker tables, and other fitness equipment right on their website. So if you are in the mood to shop at three in the morning, they can accommodate your needs.

Every product purchased comes with a fourteen day money back guarantee. Also, Argos Sportsdonates at least 5% of their profits to charitable causes, displaying genuine care and compassion for the fitness AND well-being of society.

Argos Sports is able to offer their price guarantee and already low internet prices because they are a member of Intersport, an organization of independently owned sports shops in the UK. Intersport boasts more than 100 stores affiliated with them throughout the UK. These valuable connections and partnerships help Argos Sports stay on top of their prices as well as the latest trends in fitness equipment.

Though Argos Sports offers fantastic deals, great selection, and convenient shopping at their website (www.argos-sports.co.uk), they also operate a more traditional brick-and-mortar store for those that would like to see and touch the equipment before purchasing. They have an enormous showroom full of snooker tables, heart rate equipment, treadmills, and much more that you can see, feel, and test before purchasing. Their store in Bradford occupies an enormous 1,500 square feet and is open on Saturdays for those that just do not have time during the week.

If you need help, advice, and support whether you have already purchased a treadmill, looking at getting into table tennis, or considering investing in a heart rate monitor, Argos Sports extensive customer service can assist you in your search. They can be contacted by live chat support, phone, email, fax, or postal. Their staff is qualified to offer you an agreeable solution that meets all of your sports and fitness equipment.

If you would like further information, please visit http://www.argos-sports.co.uk

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Displaysense discover illegal stowaway, as a standard product return ends in a hair raising experience

Displaysense the UK’s leading supplier of retail displays usually does not have to worry about illegal stowaways, but got quite a shock at the beginning of August as one of their products was inadvertently returned with an unexpected traveller on board.

The company which sells a wide range of retail display products from literature holders to display cases deal with returns on a daily basis and it was business as usual until one customer returned more than just their undesired product.

The customer, a clothes shop owner who lives in Lille, France, returned a mannequin on a next day courier service after purchasing the wrong gender of display and unbeknown to him, accidentally returned his pet cat as well.

It is believed that the cat must have been quite taken by the packaging used for the mannequin, climbed inside the box and fell asleep. The owner didn’t realise this when he re-sealed the box and the cat then endured a 200 mile journey and arrived at theDisplaysense head office destination in Hertfordshire, England.

Upon opening the box, the warehouse staff got quite a shock as a cat burst out of the box and hid behind some of the companies flat pack glass display cabinets.

Luckily the cat was eventually coaxed out and inspected for any injuries. Stuart Parnis the Warehouse manager at Displaysense described the young cat as being a little shaken by the experience but seemed to be enjoying all the attention and products around the warehouse, with lots of boxes and display cabinets to climb in and investigate. It is believed that the cat simply climbed inside the mannequin box as its owner repackaged the unwanted retail display.

A blue collar was found around the cats neck and it turns out she was affectionately named “etoile” which is the French for “Star”, accompanied by a return address clearly written on her collar. After Star had calmed down and eaten some food, the customer was contacted and made arrangements for the cat to be collected.

Stuart Parnis commented “It is true what they say, cats really must have 9 lives, but at least Displaysense were around to give its next life the purrrr-fect start.”

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1500 displays. The range is now hugely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.


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After 8 years in business as a major supplier of restaurant, cafe and bakery equipment, J.E.S. Restaurant Equipment has announced the launch of its new e-commerce website

After 8 years in business as a major supplier of restaurant, cafe and bakery equipment, J.E.S. Restaurant Equipment has announced the launch of its new e-commerce website: www.jesrestaurantequipment.com.

The online store offers the same name-brand kitchen supplies that continue to be sold at the company’s busy showroom in Greenwood, SC: Amana, Bunn O Matic, Groen, InSinkErator, and many more. The website sells over 21,000 different products including catering and cafe supplies, restaurant furniture, dishes, cooking equipment, bar supplies, home kitchen supplies, and more.

Vivian Smith of J.E.S. says having an Internet store will open the door to new opportunities, both for the kitchen equipment supply company and its customers.

“This new website is like having a big showroom in every part of the country. Now our customers can shop for and order professional kitchen supplies without having to travel to our store. Everybody wins – we expand our market base and our customers can shop more conveniently.”

Smith says even people not involved in the restaurant trade are welcome to order cooking equipment from the website and take advantage of wholesale prices. Free shipping is offered on select items. Products shipped out of state are not charged sales tax.

About J.E.S. Restaurant Equipment

Owners Vivian and Eric Smith have over 25 years experience in kitchen  Wholesale Restaurant Equipment supply, sales and service. Together, they have designed, built and equipped many commercial kitchens in restaurants across the southeast US. They started J.E.S. Restaurant Equipment in 2001.

For more information, visit the website at jesrestaurantequipment.com or contact Vivian Smith by email: vsmith@jesrestaurantequipment.com.

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