Monthly Archives: November 2016

Men Are a Growing Force in Shoe Sales

Exotic skin shoes for men

When it comes to who buys shoes, most people immediately think of women. Though the notion that all women have dozens of pairs of shoes is a stereotype that isn’t necessarily true, it is true that women buy most shoes. For example, men’s dress shoes account for only about 6% of the total shoe market. However the shoe market for men is growing, with the men’s designer footwear category experiencing 39% growth from 2009-2014.

There are a number of different kinds of shoes that appeal to different types of men. Though the percentage of sales is small, mens’ dress shoes is still a good category. Most men own at least one pair of dress shoes, and many go for Italian loafers or exotic boots. In fact, exotic shoes for men can be a high-value category. Alligator skin shoes, crocodile skin shoes and other types of exotic shoes for men tend to have high margins for the stores that sell them.

Another popular shoe category for men is athletic shoes. Many men need athletic shoes for working out or for specialized sports such as golf soccer, but many men also wear athletic shoes for casual purposes. Athletic shoes can serve a good dual purpose as both workout shoes and casual shoes, or they can serve a single purpose as either.

Sneakers or casual athletic shoes are those that are not really meant as true athletic shoes but still are made by athletic shoe companies. This is a shoe category that is growing rapidly, as top shoe brands cash in on men’s desire to have more than one pair of shoes for casual wear.

One final category of shoes for men is boots. Work boots can be a necessity for men in blue-collar jobs, but there also are other kinds. There are both casual and formal boots that many men buy to wear to work or when they are out socially. There also are boots made for specialized purposes, such as hiking or being in the snow.

It is clear that the market for shoe sales to men is growing, and though there aren’t as many categories of shoes for men as there are for women, there still are plenty of niches to fill mens’ needs and wants when it comes to shoes. Continue reading here.

25 Nov 2016

3 Ways You Benefit From Volunteering

Donate clothes

According to researchers from Harvard Business School, ?Happier people give more and giving makes people happier, such that happiness and giving may operate in a positive feedback loop.?

In other words, giving can be addicting.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of charities and nonprofit organizations in the United States. People all over the country know the personal benefits of giving. Let?s take a look at three of the best reasons to donate or volunteer.

  1. Raise Awareness

    When you volunteer or make charitable donations to organizations that help military families and veterans, you can spread the word to your close friends and family. Those around you may not be aware of the hardships suffered by the brave veterans in their own community. You have the power to change their perceptions and open up their eyes to so many different issues that deserve attention.
  2. Meet New People

    Volunteering provides the unique opportunity to unite with others towards a common goal. When you helping families in need or raising funds to support veterans, you will meet other people who have similar beliefs and values. While doing good for the community, you can also expand your social network and develop strong bonds with people you may never have met otherwise.
  3. Boost Happiness and Self Worth

    Believe it or not, giving can feel a whole lot better than getting. Just the simple act of helping another person can give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction. When you do something worthwhile, like volunteering or donating, it?s truly a win-win situation. Those who participate in charities and volunteer work are typically happier than those who do not. Feeling like you have a higher purpose is one of the best ways to obtain and sustain happiness.

As many as 70% of Americans donate in some form every year, and it?s easy to see why. By donating or volunteering to those less fortunate than yourself, you can educate the public, expand your social circle, and improve your own sense of well being and purpose in the world.

Help military families and veterans today. Look for a nonprofit organization in your local area or donate online.

15 Nov 2016

Five Things to Consider While Shopping for Table Linens Rentals

Wedding tablecloth rentals

Are you shopping for specialty linen rental companies? Finding the right specialty linen rentals really puts a special touch on your big day, and the opposite is true: if you put your faith in the wrong specialty linen rental company, it can really put a dent in the ambiance and visual appeal of your wedding. To help you avoid any specialty linen rental fiascos, check out our list of things to consider while renting linens for a wedding reception:

Five Things to Consider While Shopping for Table Linens for Rent

  1. Experience in the industry.

    There are about a million little issue that can go wrong on your wedding day, and at least a few thousand apply to your table linens. While this might be your first time planning a wedding, if the linen company you’re working with has been down this road a thousand times, they’ll know how to avoid the most common pitfalls. When you work with a table linen rental company who has been in the business for years and years, chances are, they’ve seen it all. Choosing a linen provider who has provided linens for weddings before you were born might help you avoid a hassle that you never knew existed until you’re knee deep in it.

    On this topic as well, all of the table linen companies that you talk to are going to try to present themselves in the best light possible. They aren’t going to tell you, “We present half-hearted work and you’ll regret using us.” However, when a table linen provider has been in business for years and years, satisfying their clients and maintaining a good reputation, you know that they’re doing something right. Experience in the table linen business cannot be faked.

  2. Partnerships With Other Wedding Supply Providers

    When you work with a table linen provider who is recommended to you by your table supplier or your venue, you know that all of the components of your wedding will be cohesive. Your wedding providers work together often; your linen provider knows where and when to drop off the linens to ensure they are on the tables as they should in time. You know that the tables you rented are the right size and shape for the linens you ordered, because they work in partnership with each other.

    While you might not have rented table linens before, the staff who works with your venue or other wedding suppliers work with table linen providers on a regular basis. If there is a provider who should be avoided, or one who provides superior service, they would be in the know on it.

  3. A Variety of Linen Colors, Shapes, and Fabrics

    You shouldn’t have to compromise the vision you have for your wedding day because it’s all that is available. Look around at the inventory that the linen provider has and make sure that they offer a variety of product colors, materials, and styles. Your wedding might evolve a bit from concept to reality, if your linen provider has a large inventory, they’ll be able to shift with you.
  4. A Family Owned Company

    When you rent your linens from a nameless, big-box linen provider, the staff who provides your linens have no vested interest in your big day. If there is a simple way that they could make your big day extra amazing, it doesn’t really benefit them to go out of their way to provide it. Meanwhile, when you use a small, family-owned business, their success depends on your satisfaction. They care that you love the experience that you have with them. They care that you recommend their service to your friends. Choosing a small linen provider generally results in great service.

    As an added bonus, when you use local businesses, the money you spend stays in your local economy. This is what we call a win-win.

  5. Combined Product Offerings

    We know that you have a hundred and fifty arrangements to make for you big day. When you use a linen provider who also supplies tables and chairs, it knocks two items off your list in one she-bang. Additionally, sometimes service providers who offer several wedding services are willing to give you a better deal if you bundle than if you’d ordered them separately.

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04 Nov 2016