Why Holiday Out of Stock Syndrome Is Back More than Ever THIS Year!
The old adage that “it’s never too early to buy for the holidays” is really true this year. If you wait until the December rush, you may be left with empty shelves and little to fill your stockings …
Like last year, this is a tough time for many retailers and stores are responding by making careful decisions as to what stock they’ll offer, and in what quantities. Many have downsized their product offerings significantly, so when this year when a store advertises “limited quantities,” it’s not just a marketing trick; most likely it’s because they really are.
As USA Today reported:
“The 2009 holiday season was the trial run of retailing's new less-is-more buying philosophy. Largely positive retail sales and earnings reports bore out the wisdom of the strategy.
Stores will continue to under- rather than over-buy so they don't have to resort to costly — for them — clearance sales.”
Many Stores Have Already or are Shutting Their Doors
Along with downsizing their product offerings, many retail stores are closing their doors entirely in an effort to stay afloat. In the last year or so, the following big-name retailers have all cut back significantly:
Zales jewelers -- shut down 191 locations in 2009
Blockbuster – plans to shut down up to 20 percent of their stores by 2011
Smith & Hawken – the upscale garden store closed all 56 stores last year
Sears and Kmart – closed 28 stores in 2009
Pier 1 Imports – More than 80 stores recently closed
Starbucks – Closed 300 stores in 2009, following 600 store closings in 2008
Ann Taylor – Set to close 163 stores by the end of fiscal 2010
Macy’s – Closed 11 stores in 2009
Home Depot Expo – Closed all 34 of its stores in 2009
Ritz Camera –Closed 300 retail locations in 2009
Even top-end manufacturers we work with here at SixWise have been affected. For instance, Wellness Water filters have been out of stock for months due to their suppliers being unwilling or unable to provide lower volume orders … so they are waiting out for the market demand to come back on the retail side.
Getting Your Holiday Lists Together Early?
It’s a smart move this year, and many have plans to shop early.
According to the PriceGrabber® Holiday Consumer Spending Insights consumer behavior report, 65 percent of women and 49 percent of men plan to start shopping earlier this year so they can make purchases over a few months’ time, and minimize any strain to their budgets.
In fact, over 37 percent of adults will start shopping even before Halloween this year, and that percentage jumps to nearly 43 percent for those planning to do their shopping online!
Forty-eight percent of consumers are also planning to spend less on their 2010 holiday purchases than they did last year, and most are looking for practical gifts to put under the tree.
Why are practical health-conscious gifts always appreciated? Because they show caring, love and consideration, especially if they’re tied to your loved ones actual needs or concerns that have been expressed to you in the past.
For instance, a Sleep Easy CD featuring guided sleep meditations is the perfect sentiment for your spouse that has difficulty sleeping. The Staying Healthy in a Stressful World DVD, by respected mind/body integrative therapist Dr. Peter Reznik, is a thoughtful gift for your overworked colleague.
It’s gifts like these that offer your loved ones a valuable purpose, while showing how deeply you care. Not sure what your loved ones are most in need of this year? Here are a few informative articles that you can forward to them and gather their feedback; see if any of these topics are issues or concerns for them that could make for great gifts:
As you can see, there are numerous possibilities when it comes to shopping with a purpose, and your friends and loved ones will be rewarded from your forethought with a gift that will help improve their health and/or well-being.
Find Discounts and Buy Up Early Before They’re Sold Out
If you’d like to get your holiday shopping out of the way early this year, don’t miss out on these highly sought-after wellness gifts. They’re in demand and selling like hotcakes now, so there’s no guarantee when they’ll sell out:
1. MiniMate for Keeping Veggies Fresh, Longer
The MiniMate is an evolution of that old box of baking soda you and your grandmother probably have in your refrigerators. Using FDA-approved technology, the Minimate can eliminate most of the germs or mold that may be living on your foods without harming the food or leaving behind any residue.
This is important as these molds and bacteria can make you and your family sick, and they can also spoil food before you have a chance to eat it. This is especially true with organic foods, since there are no preservatives to help ward off the germs. So the MiniMate not only keeps your food safer and healthier, it also saves you money by cutting down on the amount of food you have to throw out and replace.
The MiniMate even helps neutralize pesticides and chemicals on your produce, leaving no residue except clean, fresh oxygen.
This product has been featured by the Food Network’s Paula Deen as a "Hot Pick" and was given the National Health and Wellness Seal of Approval.
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2. A Personal Air Purifier to Breathe Easy During Your Commute and in Your Office
The Car Ionizer uses negative ions to eliminate pollutants and allergens from the air in your car. There are no filters to be changed and it can be recharged over and over by plugging it into your car adapter.
Because the car ionizer is detachable, once you arrive at your destination, such as church, school, or your doctor’s office, you can bring it in with you to help reduce your chances of getting an airborne virus, and to reduce odors.
This is the perfect gift for anyone with asthma, allergies or nagging coughs, as it will help them to breathe easier throughout the coming year.
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3. "Stretching Toward a Healthier Life": The Ultimate Stretching DVD
Proper stretching is one of the most widely recommended methods to help you look and feel younger, live longer, avoid and even overcome serious health issues, and increase your mental concentration and emotional well-being.
And if you have back pain, neck pain, or pain in your knees, shoulders, arms, hands or other parts of your body, you are doing yourself an extreme disservice by NOT stretching.
The best part of all is, when you do the RIGHT stretching exercises as presented in this "Stretching Toward a Healthier Life" DVD (which now has FREE SHIPPING for a limited time), you will actually feel great while doing them, as well!
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4. Always complaining that “There’s Never Enough Time to Exercise”: Give them the Gift they can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT with SheaNetics In-Home Workout DVD Set. It‘s Fabulous via Pro-trainer Shea Vaugh (who is “yes” also Vince Vaughn’s Mom … for anyone who is also a fan)
Perfect for anyone on your list who wants to work out but can’t find the time, SheaNetics, developed by fitness expert and Vince Vaughn’s mom, Shea Vaugh, is an amazing fitness program for all ages and all fitness levels.
Most exercise programs are geared only toward giving you short-term physical improvement. But SheaNetics® understands the real goal for us all is to find total health and fulfillment that is life-lasting. This can only be achieved by creating harmony in body, mind and self, which is why SheaNetics not only works out your body – creating a leaner, more toned you – but also focuses on creating positive energy.
This is “meditation in motion and thought,” a program that reduces stress and allows you to enjoy a lifestyle of fitness, personal balance and well-being.
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5. For Highly Stressed Individuals a Healthy Way to Eliminate Stress From Everyday Life With “Staying Healthy in a Stressful World”
This highly praised DVD will be a literal lifesaver to anyone who is struggling with stress. It provides a complete training program by Dr. Peter Reznik, one of the most respected mind/body integrative therapists of our time (a recognized expert in mental imagery, dream work, and clinical hypnosis). This highly recommended DVD will help you:
Identify the Three Major Sources of Stress and embark on a practice for transforming your stress into life-enhancing experiences.
Choose from a menu of 14 Short Mental Imagery Exercises for addressing such stressors as: Anger. Anxiety. Being Hurt. Being Overwhelmed. Decision Making. Difficulties letting go of the workday. Disappointment. Fear of unwanted consequences. General anxiety about life. Guilt or regret about an error made during the day. Restless mind. Sadness. Time pressure. Worry.
Learn and practice the Physical Stress Buster series, designed for use right at your desk.
Use the Mind-Body Progressive Relaxation to shift gears, replenish your energy, and increase your vitality and clarity of mind.
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6. For Those Often On The Run The Wellness H2.O: An Individual Water Purifier and Reusable Water Bottle All-in-One
The Wellness H2.O enhanced water bottle is the next evolution in water technology. Not content with merely replacing wasteful bottled water, the Wellness H2.O combines the best portable filtration technology with rare Japanese stones and a patented enhancement process to produce an unparalleled quality of water.
The ultimate environment product, the Wellness H2.O eliminates 1,100+ plastic bottles, reduces carbon emissions and conserves natural resources. It also saves you up to $1,000 in bottled water purchases every year, and is made of LDPE (low-density polyethylene) plastic, which is BPA-free.
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7. Sleep Easy CD for Those With Trouble Sleeping!
For anyone who has trouble sleeping at night, the Sleep Easy CD -- with music by a renowned meditation music composer with 20 years experience -- helps you find deep rest and sleep. Users have reported falling asleep faster, waking up less throughout the night, falling back to sleep faster when awakened during the night and feeling more rested the next morning.
The CD contains both the Sleep Easy guided meditation with music in the background, as well as a track of music alone, which can be used at any time for its relaxing effect. The insert that comes with the CD includes "Principles to Sleep By," which provide a backdrop to help with sleep.
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8. Top-Quality PIONAIR Air Treatment System
8. Know Someone With Breathing Challenges and Concerns (they: sit near a computer printer, living or working in invisible air pollution location, diabetes concerns, or reside in location that has heat waves, their home is a highly well enclosed insulated environment, recent surgery, or they have asthma or allergies live in one of the top 10 allergy capitals)
Top-Quality PIONAIR Air Treatment System
The gift of pure air is one of the best you can give, but the challenge with most air filters or purifiers is that air must be drawn to the unit, either through natural air flow, or through the use of a fan. This method results in uneven treatment and can leave pockets of polluted air, plus fans are noisy, subject to failure, and require higher levels of electricity.
Unlike most air purifiers, the PIONAIR™ Air Treatment System doesn't wait for pollutants to contact a filter or plate. Instead, the PIONAIR generates air-purifying technology that migrates through the area and neutralizes organic odors, microbes, & molds at their source. As a result, the PIONAIR produces fresh clean air throughout your home or office uniformly, by addressing the pollutant source - without the use of fans, filters, or plates!
There are two different models available. The original PIONAIR is especially effective against mold, mildew, organic odors, and chemical vapors (such as formaldehyde). The PIONAIR is also effective against pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke, although for maximum relief from these types of particulate, we most highly recommend the new PIONAIR SMART POINTE system.
The PIONAIR SMART POINTE uses the same technology as the original PIONAIR system, with the added benefit of actively-generated negative ions. These actively-generated negative ions clear the air of particulate FASTER than the original PIONAIR system. Therefore, the PIONAIR SMART POINTE is effective against particulate such as pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke, AS WELL AS mold, mildew, organic odors, and chemical vapors (such as formaldehyde).
So if you are struggling with airborne particulate, such as pollen, dust, pet dander, or smoke, choose the SMART POINTE. If you do not have airborne particulate, choose the Standard PIONAIR. Both the Standard and the SMART POINTE are effective against mold, mildew, organic odors, or chemical vapors (such as formaldehyde).
For maximum effect, both the original PIONAIR and the PIONAIR SMARTE POINTE systems are intended for around-the-clock use. The system consists of a base unit and a lamp module.
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9. Do You Know One or More Self-Proclaimed Clean Freaks? Buying them PerfectCLEAN Wipes or PerfectClean HomePurePack… a perfect Match. Perfect for those who want to wipe their hands while out at the store or even in reception line at parties by keeping an incredible cleansing antimicrobial wipe in their pocket.
Common cleaners and cleaning tools like cotton rags and mops do not make the grade in terms of "deep" cleaning to avoid illness. You must seriously consider using cloths, mops and other cleaning tools that are made from ultramicrofibers instead.
PerfectClean antimicrobial cleaning tools remove many pathogens in their path ... that is because at an astonishing 4-6 microns (bacteria range from 2 – 8 microns) the "polyester-polyamide conjugated filament" are even smaller than most bacteria.
The microscopic size combined with the high percentage of fiber used dramatically increases the surface area of the Hand Wipes (each 12" cleaning hand wipe cloth contains over 300 miles of actual cleaning surface!).
PerfectClean cleaning tools are made from high performance Hypoallergenic materials knitted with the highest quality conjugated (splittable) "micro-denier filaments."
Individual fibers are the same size range (or smaller) than most bacteria. These microscopic fibers are produced by a complex manufacturing process that involves hundreds of variables that splits a "polyester-polyamide conjugated filament" (bicomponent) resulting in from 9 to 16 microscopic fibers.
Again, these "split" filaments achieve an individual fiber size of approximately 4-6 microns (bacteria range from 2 – 8 microns).
Important Graphic of Size Relationships of Various So Called “Cleaning Products” that ONLY Move and Slide Bacteria vs. Patented PerfectClean Fibers Small Enough to Grab and Remove with Antimicrobial Properties
PerfectClean performance is further enhanced by the material’s overall positive (+) electrostatic charge. In fact, the electrostatic charge developed by a PerfectClean wiper naturally is greater than the electrostatic charge developed by disposable dust sheets chemically.
Dirt and dust particles, bacteria and pollen, and other organic particles all have a negative (-) charge. Thus, PerfectCLEAN fibers literally act as thousands of tiny magnets (positively charged fibers attract negatively charged dust, dirt, etc.) attracting and binding all types of particles.
When damp, fiber quality and quantity provides an enormous surface area within the material, which accelerates and increases wicking of solution through the material resulting in a powerful capillary action (suction) achieving the highest absorption capacity of any material tested.
PerfectClean products are covered by one or more International and US patents, and patents pending, offering unique designs and "built-in antimicrobial protection."
20 PerfectCLEAN Wipers: Terry Cloths and Super Silks http://shop.sixwise.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=268
PerfectClean HomePure Pack:
Current special only $111.00 for:
2 All Purpose Terry Cloths
2 Super Silk Cloths
3 Lenstronic Cloths
2 Scrub & Clean Reversible Gloves
1 Flexible Duster with 2 Duster Covers
1 EasyGrip 16"-wide Flat Mop System w/Ergonomic Handle
2 Flat Mop Heads
You can also browse through our entire inventory of unique wellness-themed gift ideas. From ultramicrofiber PerfectClean cloths that clean down to a microscopic level without any need for chemical cleaners to personal aromatherapy spray misters, there’s a little (or big) something for everyone on your list.
SixWise Says ...
Join the growing lot of Americans who will kick their feet up on Black Friday with a mug of hot cocoa or some apple cider and simply relax with their families … because they’ve already finished their holiday shopping online.
Holiday shopping needn’t be stressful.
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What NOT to Do When Shopping for Holiday Gifts: 11 Key Steps
National Retail Federation October 20, 2010
PRNewswire.com October 5, 2010
USAToday.com January 29, 2010