Small Business Saturday is around the corner
The Independent We Stand organization is at it again, promoting small businesses. The nationwide movement of independent small business owners has created an app to help consumers shop on Small Business Saturday, coming up Nov. 25.
“Our goal is for small businesses to come out on top after the holiday shopping season,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “To do that, we make consumer access to small businesses convenient and easy through this app, that way shoppers can support their favorite businesses and in turn, their communities, not just on Small Business Saturday but year-round.”
Each year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, consumers make a positive impact on their communities by shopping small in their neighborhoods and the numbers show it:
• In 2016, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking a 13 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
• This year, the National Retail Federation forecasts a 3.6 to 4-percent increase in holiday retail sales.
With the new app. Consumers now have a convenient way to make shopping small even easier. The Independent We Stand Buy Local app turns mobile devices into small business store finders. The app is designed to enhance the user experience by helping shoppers discover unique locally owned shops and restaurants, read helpful reviews and recommendations and look for local events, concerts and festivals, among other things.
The Buy Local app filters out big box stores and delivers millions of locally owned listings nationwide and is available for both Android and Apple devices.
Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com or IndependentWeStand.org. The Independent We Stand movement is sponsored by Stihl Inc. Associate sponsors include PPG Pittsburgh Paints and Do it Best Corp.
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Eye on Retail: PetSmart debuts new concept
The country's largest pet supplies retailer is hoping to get a bigger share of the $5.4 billion pet care services market — the fastest growing segment in the pet category.
PetSmart unveiled a new store concept‚ The Groomery, focused exclusively on pet grooming services, with the first locations opening in Manhattan and Oak Park, Ill. Additional locations will open in Scottsdale, Ariz., with two more expected to be announced soon.
The new format features a salon-style modern design in a boutique-sized space of about 1,800 sq. ft. to 2,500 sq. ft., which is much smaller than a traditional PetSmart. It offers such classic pet grooming services as baths, brushes, haircuts, nail trims and grinds, teeth brushings, paw maintenance, flea & tick treatments and de-shedding.
In addition, it also offers pampering “Spaw” treatments featuring coconut and other scents, pet-specific deep moisture shampoos and conditioners from popular human brand. There is also a self-service dog wash, allowing pet owners to bond and bathe with their own pups.
The lobby area of The Groomery stores sell high-end health and beauty pet essentials such as shampoos, brushes, collars, leashes and treats, including an expanded collection of at-home pet grooming supplies.
"When taking your pet to be groomed, proximity to the home is a key factor for convenience and to help reduce a pet's anxiety,” said Joanna Zucker, VP of services, PetSmart. “We know that a significant portion of our grooming business comes from people living within close proximity to a PetSmart store. So, we created The Groomery store design to help us get closer to where pet parents and their pets are living, especially in urban markets."