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Cool Gear introduces new, reusable on-the-go items

BY Allison Cerra

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Cool Gear has introduced a new set of reusable water bottles, cups and food containers that are designed to keep food and drinks chilled for a long period of time.

The lineup includes:

  • The EZ Freeze Freeze n’ Lock leak-proof, stackable food storage containers with patented nontoxic freezer gel and lids that snap and lock to keep food fresh. They are available in three colors — blue, green and purple — and shapes — circular, rectangular and square;

  • The EZ Freeze Eco 2 Go Gel Chiller reusable double-wall insulated cup with lid and straw featuring the patented nontoxic freezer gel that keeps drinks cooler longer. It is available in 20- and 24-oz. sizes in four colors — blue, green, orange and pink;

  • The redesigned Pure line of on-the-go, 24-oz. water filtration bottles features a sleek new body and is available in four colors — green, blue, pink or orange. Each includes a patented nontoxic freezer stick filtration system that simultaneously cools and purifies up to 150 gallons of water — helping to replace more than 1,100 disposable 16.9-oz. water bottles with each carbon filter, while reducing the odor and taste of chlorine from tap water; and

  • The Design-a-Bottle allows users to create a customized 20-oz. double-wall hydration bottle complete with personal photos, graphics and text by using the Design-a-Bottle feature on Cool Gear’s website.

Cool Gear products can be found nationwide in such retailers as Target, Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, CVS and more.

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Consumers opt to spend more on Father’s Day gifts

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Consumers will show their love for Dad this year by spending more on Father’s Day gifts than in the prior year, according to the National Retail Federation.

According to NRF’s Consumer Intentions and Actions Father’s Day survey, conducted by BIGresearch, U.S. consumers will spend an average of $106.49, up from $94.32 last year and the most in the survey’s eight-year history. What’s more, the spending gap between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day substantially has narrowed.

Total Father’s Day spending is projected to reach $11.1 billion among consumers ages 18 years and older.

“Spending on Dad has taken a backseat for the past few years, but some kids and wives are planning to make up for lost time this Father’s Day,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Shoppers seem to be more excited when it comes to gift giving, an encouraging sign for retailers — and dads — everywhere.”

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Target reveals initial locations in Canada

BY Gail Hoffer

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has unveiled the first wave of the Zellers sites it will be taking over in Canada, representing 105 locations in all 10 Canadian provinces.

The vast majority of the sites will become Target stores after securing the necessary construction approval for extensive renovation. The stores will open beginning in 2013.

The majority (45) of the locations are in Ontario, with 19 in Quebec. The other Canadian locations include 15 in British Columbia; 13 in Alberta; five in Manitoba; two each in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador; and one each in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Each selected site is subleased to Zellers and will continue to operate as a Zellers store for some time. Six to nine months prior to opening as Target stores, the majority of stores will be closed for significant remodeling. On average, about $10 million will be invested in remodeling each location.

“We look forward to completing our selection process during the next several months, moving us one step closer to delivering the Target-brand shopping experience to our Canadian guests," said Tony Fisher, Target Canada president.

Target also announced that its Canadian headquarters will be located in Mississauga, Ontario. The company will occupy about 180,000 sq. ft. in a building that was built to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards and is owned by Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan. After some remodeling, the majority of Target’s Canadian corporate team will begin occupying the space in early 2012.

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