Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

What are you most excited about the post-COVID economy?

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Here is an acronym for you to remember: MOAR, Mother Of All Recoveries. The post pandemic recovery is going to be the greatest on record, even greater than the post World War II recovery that ran from 1950 to 1966. While the stock market has been at new highs during 2021, we have only seen the beginning. MOAR will soar through 2022 and could last until 2030. How is that for a prediction? Mind you, not from me, but one of my services that I subscribe to which has been spot on for more than twenty years.

So if MOAR is true, this should be the best news for business, right? Large cap tech businesses, absolutely. The latest generation of technology in world history is just starting to make it to market and will work its way through 2035-2050. We will see more change during this period than ever before and will make the computer generation of 1980-1995 seem like peanuts. But if you are a small business, it could be a flip of a coin.

How many restaurants are turning customers away? Cedar Point is not open on Tuesday or Wednesdays. Try getting service anywhere. The reason: More than 9 million job openings and yet, millions of Americans still do not want to work. Also more people than ever are quitting the workplace and either retiring or starting their own business from home. Let’s take the hospitality industry, all the tech is in the world won’t replace customer service. MGM Resorts app now allows you to use your phone as a room key, check in, check out, make reservations and check out all the activities. But if you can’t get a drink at a bar or dinner take 45 minutes to be served and it’s lousy, what good is it?

When it comes to gallons of personal care products, no one does it better than Ginger Lily Farms. Already the best-selling gallons in America, now I am very excited to launch new sizes and new categories. First up is our fragrance-free hand soap in a convenient 6-ct 12 oz. package. 

Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals Liquid Hand Soap

Next month comes the new Dog & Pet category which will feature a very amazing 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and odor eliminator. And coming in August, look for the new Salon category featuring hair regrowth shampoo and perhaps one of my favorite product launches to come, the perfect competitive product to Moroccanoil! Soon you will be able to buy a gallon for the same price as 8 oz. Hmmm, which will be the better value?

One thing about MOAR that is not good, is that we are back to heavy traffic, long lines at airports, high priced just about everything and BTW, have you tried renting from AVIS or Hertz lately? YIKES!

The ongoing battles with China and the USA will continue for a very long time. However, regardless of what Trump and now Biden are doing with tariffs, it’s not working. Demand for goods is so high, the wait for containers from China is more than two weeks, costs for containers have doubled and tripled and there is no way U.S. factories can still compete. But one thing to keep in mind in this trade war is the value of brand names. You can think of many brand names made in the USA and sold worldwide including China. But how many brand names made in China can you think of that are sold worldwide? Fact is, there are NONE. If you look at all the China brands that are sold on Amazon, none of them are are a brand name, just a name to list on Amazon and take advantage of the marketplace. The only Chinese brand that has traction is not a product but a service, TikTok.

The $100 question going into the peak of summer: Will the Delta variant make its way into the USA in a meaningful way? Most people are so over COVID, any return to it at this time will bring a lot of nothing good.

Have a great 4th of July weekend, hard to believe the year is half over.

Happy Monday!

Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals Hits The Shelves

Do you love the warm winter?

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It’s amazing. We walk into a typical supermarket and don’t even pay attention that there are approximately 39,000 different items on the shelves. We look for what we want to buy, check out the new stuff and see what is on sale.

But if you actually stopped and thought about how each and every product was developed from start to finish, the number of pages would be exhausting. I know firsthand.

Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals (GLFB) is a blockbuster line focused on salons recapturing the magic of salon retail at not only affordable prices but adding an element of fun and marketing appeal. GLFB consists of 10 signature fragrances each available in four formulations: Moisturizing Shampoo, Moisturizing Conditioner, Nourishing Body Wash, and Hand & Body Lotion. All items retail for $10 each.

With the proliferation of products at both salon and retail, we knew we had to create a unique package that stood out. This is where the story begins and why each product you see on a store shelf should be fully appreciated!

Instead of a “stock” bottle and cap, we wanted something to fit our nostalgia theme, yet elegant and timely. We also wanted the product to be the star and show its rich formulation and personalized color palette. Finally, we wanted the bottle to fit nicely in a woman’s hand. The finished bottle took more than 6 months to create. It’s beautiful and exactly what we envisioned: Soft touch, lightly frosted, and shows off the product perfectly.

Next we had to decide on label or silk-screen. Silk-screen is industry standard and especially prevalent at retail. There is no shortage of products being sold at anywhere from $1 to $5 that offer consumers a huge selection but mass market is mass market. So we opted for a label. But we wanted a label that looked like it was “part of the bottle.” Again, this took time and patience but the results were worth it. The finished product is such that the typical consumer won’t know if it is a label or actually part of the bottle. The colors are rich and inviting.

One year later, GLFB is ready to launch. Come to think of it, it took longer than the time it takes to have a baby. And in both instances, the wait was well worth it.

To finish the project, we had to develop unique merchandising enhancements for salons to retail the products. Once again tying in our nostalgia theme, we developed custom wood crates to display the goods and custom gift crates for consumers to make their own GLFB gifts. The results are fantastic and it’s love at first sight. Below are photos of the new line displayed at our corporate store:

GLF 1GLF 2GLF 3

We can’t wait see the creativity salons and spas will use to create their own GLFB story.

All I can say it’s all worth the effort and like good old nostalgia, this will be a lot of fun for our customers!

Happy Thursday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Do you prefer to self-scan or use a traditional check-out lane at the supermarket?

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I am proud to say that tng worldwide (TNG) is once again a Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces to work in Southeastern Michigan. TNG has won this for the three consecutive years the program has been around and we are very fortunate to have valued talent to earn this prestigious award.

The annual ISPA show starts tonight at the Baltimore Convention Center. TNG will be showcasing its hospitality division along with OPI and Lytess shape wear. We will be debuting many products from the Ginger Lily Farms lineup which is finally arriving in our distribution center. More on ISPA later in the week.

Do drivers use turn signals anymore? I cannot believe how many don’t use them when making a right turn at an intersection.

And speaking of drivers, I don’t think the cops have to worry about speeders like they used to. Now they have to worry more about drivers going below the speed limit since so many of them are on their smart phones.

black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment officially launches 1.1.11 to salons but consumer interest has been growing at unprecedented levels due to early PR and You Tube videos. Now one lucky winner and a guest can win a free trip to the VIP Hollywood launch event December 15 held at the well-known Andy Lecompte salon. To enter, click here.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away? I found most people either love or hate turkey. But when it comes to dessert, it must be pie. My favorites: Pumpkin and Apple Crumb (Grand Traverse Pie Company makes an awesome one with coconut).

What is going to be the hit gift item this year? Flat screen sales are way down (everyone has one) so my guess would be Apple products and gift cards.

Have you visited an Aldi supermarket yet? The same German giant that owns Trader Joe’s is out to give Walmart, Target, and other supermarket chains a run for their money. Is anyone safe anymore?

Interesting how gas is back at $3 a gallon and no one talks about it. I recall the first time it crossed the $3 gallon mark, that was all the media and everyone talked about.

Happy Monday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Do you prefer to self-scan or use a traditional check-out lane at the supermarket?

View Results

I am proud to say that tng worldwide (TNG) is once again a Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces to work in Southeastern Michigan. TNG has won this for the three consecutive years the program has been around and we are very fortunate to have valued talent to earn this prestigious award.

The annual ISPA show starts tonight at the Baltimore Convention Center. TNG will be showcasing its hospitality division along with OPI and Lytess shape wear. We will be debuting many products from the Ginger Lily Farms lineup which is finally arriving in our distribution center. More on ISPA later in the week.

Do drivers use turn signals anymore? I cannot believe how many don’t use them when making a right turn at an intersection.

And speaking of drivers, I don’t think the cops have to worry about speeders like they used to. Now they have to worry more about drivers going below the speed limit since so many of them are on their smart phones.

black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment officially launches 1.1.11 to salons but consumer interest has been growing at unprecedented levels due to early PR and You Tube videos. Now one lucky winner and a guest can win a free trip to the VIP Hollywood launch event December 15 held at the well-known Andy Lecompte salon. To enter, click here.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away? I found most people either love or hate turkey. But when it comes to dessert, it must be pie. My favorites: Pumpkin and Apple Crumb (Grand Traverse Pie Company makes an awesome one with coconut).

What is going to be the hit gift item this year? Flat screen sales are way down (everyone has one) so my guess would be Apple products and gift cards.

Have you visited an Aldi supermarket yet? The same German giant that owns Trader Joe’s is out to give Walmart, Target, and other supermarket chains a run for their money. Is anyone safe anymore?

Interesting how gas is back at $3 a gallon and no one talks about it. I recall the first time it crossed the $3 gallon mark, that was all the media and everyone talked about.

Happy Monday!