Granite Gold expands distribution
Granite Gold’s nationwide distribution expanded with the addition of Shaw’s Supermarkets in the Northeast and Stater Bros. Markets in Southern California.
Shaw’s Supermarkets, which has more than 120 stores throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, now carries Granite Gold Daily Cleaner and Granite Gold Polish.
Stater Bros. Markets — the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California — now carries Granite Gold Daily Cleaner in more than 160 stores, from Los Angeles and Orange counties to Riverside and San Bernardino counties and south to San Diego County.
Granite Gold Polish quickly and easily enhances the shine and luster of granite, marble, travertine and all other natural-stone and quartz surfaces, the San Diego-based company said.
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Tool King opens e-commerce system to outsiders
Lakewood, Colo.-based multichannel retailer Tool King made a successful transition for a brick-and-mortar retailer to online super store. Now it’s exploring another frontier — e-commerce service provider.
“In crafting the technology we needed to expand our own company, we realized the infrastructure we created facilitates a powerful and unique online selling platform,” said Don Cohen, CEO of Tool King.
Tool King’s proprietary Facilitail E-Commerce Solution empowers small and large businesses to connect with new customers, both domestically and globally, the company says. It allows companies to sell direct to consumers without compromising wholesaler relationships. Distributors can sell direct on most major shopping sites via Tool King. After engaging with select vendors throughout 2013, Tool King is now opening its onboarding process to new potential vendors, Cohen said.
“We designed our distributor program to be win-win," Cohen said. "It’s easy to implement and we don’t charge participation fees; we only earn a profit when sales are generated.”
Today, more than 350 active distributors offer more than 250,000 products through Tool King’s Facilitail program. Tool King also offers other services to clients, including fully managed, customized Web stores tailored to each individual company. Tool King has developed and launched more th 30 custom sites and says it plans to launch more.
Kmart offers lease-to-own financing for the holidays
Kmart is rolling out a lease-to-own financing program for stores across the country this holiday season, expanding access to merchandise valued at $150 and over for customers and Shop Your Way members.
The program, which allows customers to take home higher-priced items with no credit requirement, was initiated in various test markets beginning Oct. 15 and will be available in all stores by Nov. 22.
"Kmart’s lease-to-own program will help ease some of the financial barriers our members and customers will face this holiday season," said Jai Holtz, VP financial services, Sears Holdings. "For members and customers who have an immediate need, lease-to-own gives a full house assortment of products and a way to pay."
The program encompasses more than 600,000 products across the various segments of the Kmart business. The financing option will be extended to all customers aged 18 and over who earn a minimum of $1,000 a month and can provide a social security or tax identification number.
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