Out Of My Mind On A Wednesday Mornin’

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Big birthday celebration for the BUB! So hard to believe how fast the years go by and to already think that we are more than half way through August. Happy Birthday BUB!!!!

Can you imagine if businesses operated like the government does business? Take road construction for instance. Michigan is doing a $130M project on I-96 that will take three years and achieve 5% efficiency and worse, the state has no regards for the drivers during this period.

Speaking of Biden and the government, Biden just signed another $400B pork bill that will cause even more inflation while supporting green energy that has yet to be proven and tax large corporations in new ingenious ways. Oh, let’s not forget the $80B he gave to the IRS to perform millions more audits.

Dean Sanjay Gupta is out at Michigan State University but will still be a professor. I have read many online and printed articles and as usual with a public institution, you never read what really happened. Most amazing is that none of the articles spoke about his huge accomplishments at the university like building the Pavilion for $65M and having it one of the very few buildings that was actually paid for.

Our TNG Worldwide Company Store is now open for business at our world headquarters. Very spacious and fun to shop, it features just about all our products that we manufacture which is more than 1200. For shoppers, the really good news is that we can provide any quantities needed because we can pull from our distribution center. The store is open to the public M-F 9AM to 5PM. Please stop by and say hello!

Lots of new products arriving and I am always excited about each and every one of them. Two of my favorites this month are ForPro ERASE Instant Screen & Glass Cleaner and Ginger Lily Farms Kid’s Detangling Spray and gallon refill. ERASE is one of the most amazing products because it performs a whole of functions. Excellent for smartphones, computer screens, tablets, eyeglasses and works instantly. Ingenious formulation also disinfects surfaces so perfect to airplane tray tables, restaurant tables and so forth. Added essential oils make is a room deodorizer and even amazing for spraying pillow cases and bed linens. And you can use it as a hand sanitizer. Detangling Spray is an advanced formulation perfect for girls with long unruly hair. Like ERASE, it works instantly to eliminate tangles.

ForPro ERASE Kit 3.3oz 3ct

Ginger Lily Farms Salon Formula Kid’s Instant Detangling Spray 3.3oz 4 ct

TNG has dozens of best-selling products on Amazon.com from foil sheets to pedi liners to hot towel warmers. What I’m most excited about is that we now have the best-selling nitrile gloves. Customers love them because they are so comfortable, chemical-resistant, non-tearing and fit perfectly. We offer them in black, blue, indigo and white with black the most popular.

ForPro Black Nitrile Gloves 4 Mil. Large 100-Count

Container prices are going down. Last year we paid up to $30,000 and now we are seeing prices going below $15,000. That is good news on the inflation front and we should start seeing lower prices at the beginning of 2023 if all goes well.

What happened to Biden removing the Chinese tariffs? Just another ploy by his administration to talk about lowering inflation and doing nothing about it. Paying 25% tariffs on essentials like foil sheets and nitrile gloves is grueling especially since we can’t make these products in the USA.

College football season is just a few weeks away. With the transfer portal, players making big $$$$ selling their name, the BIG 10 adding two west coast teams and getting a $1.2B contract for TV rights makes college football nothing more than pro football with a twist. It’s all about the money. And Saben’s Crimson Tide is ranked #1 pre-season, why bother playing the games?

John Heffner turns 60 on Friday. Happy big birthday John! John was always one of the few classic good guys in the beauty industry. Now he has a sweetheart deal with Helen of Troy and enjoying life big time.

Happy Wednesday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

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Humans love irrational exuberance. We want what is in short supply and in high demand. You see it daily in the stock market, you see it when concert tickets go on sale and everyone says the concert will be sold-out, you saw it in the early days of COVID when everyone was stockpiling toilet paper, bottled water and hand sanitizer. What is most amazing, when people feel there is no shortage of what they want, they go right back to buying just what they need.

Coincidence or not? When Trump was President, CNN was rolling in the ratings. With Biden as President, CNN ratings are down 47% and Fox News is up 12%. Looks like opposites really do attract.

Ever hear of the project the Prince of Saudi Arabia (MBS) has been working on for more than three years at a cost of $500 Billion? It is called Neom. MBS wants to create the next Dubai in the middle of the dessert and has hired the best people in the world. However, the project is doomed for many reasons, the main reason is his explosive temper. One could only imagine the meeting he had with Biden. However, his ambition is overreaching and it will be interesting to see if any of this comes to fruition.

Funny how people are celebrating when they buy gas for $4.49 a gallon.

Amazon Prime Day was last week (actually two days). Apparently their best-seller was a Frito-Lay variety pack. Can anyone tell me why anyone would buy this item in bulk? I love Frito-Lay products and have never bought one of these.

And then there was one. I remember opening our first store in Grand Rapids, MI to compete against Maly’s. It was an instant success. When we took over Matrix distribution from Beaute Craft and put them out of business, over time the store division grew to 30. Long story short, when L’Oreal cut off all its distributors that it did not acquire, we no longer needed all the stores. Fast forward, we now have only one store and we are moving it our headquarters next month. Look for the grand opening August 15. The good news is that customers will be able to buy any quantity of products they want and we will be offering a very special year-round discount since we will save all the costs of a remote location.

What’s hot? ForPro Beauty Wedges. They have always been a great seller but now they are in our top 10. Why? I have no idea but if you look at Ulta, their sales have exploded on the upside so more makeup is being sold than ever. However, curiously I reviewed some of the Amazon reviews and some of the them mentioned they are great for cleaning “hard to clean” items like AirPod cases. I alone have four of them. And cleaning them is the biggest pain in the ass. So I took one of the wedges, sprayed it with cleaner and viola, it was magic! So much better than a cotton swab.

Speaking about hard to clean areas, my glasses are always dirty, don’t ask me why. And my iPhone and sometimes my computer monitor. My Ginger Lily Farm’s chemist gave me a formulation for cleaning all these items and I have to say  I was amazed at how well it instantly worked. So now I am launching ERASE in the next couple weeks and even throwing in some microfiber cloths. The world moving forward will be crystal clear!

The hippie generation got it right, “Make love, not war.” Looks like the Russia-Ukraine war is going to last a very long time. With Putin stating he is never leaving office and NATO allies unable to go on the offense, how is this war ever going to end successfully for Ukraine?

I see more Amazon Prime trucks than both FEDEX and UPS combined. And now in many instances if you order in the morning you get your order in the afternoon. Amazon is better than David Copperfield.

Happy Monday!