When out and about, and searching for new tweezers, do you get overwhelmed? Are you ever wondering why there are multiple types and shapes and styles? Much like everything else in our wonderful industry, a lot of toys can also cause a lot of confusion.
Here is the low-down on the main types of tweezers...
Product Review: Simply Essentials Tweezer Set with Case
"Upon open, I note that the point / needle-nose tweezers come very sharp," said Gad. Remember those steady hands? Well, he confirms that these do "allow you to get as close to the skin without pinching."
"The chisel tip is a great size allowing for precise tweezing and max hair removal. They are lightweight and fit nicely in the hand. One of the tweezers is a glittery purple - who doesn't love glitter?!? - and the set comes with a matching purple case with built in mirror! Over all very impressed and enjoyed using them!"
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In current times, the modern consumer shops more online and has many expectations as to when and how their goods will arrive to them. This expectation – and how a business can meet it – is made through a comprehensive understanding of logistics. E-commerce spending continues to rise and that growth is what has made logistics a $2.1 Trillion industry.
Materials, Handling and Logistics magazine describes logistics as a “monolith growing at a faster rate than in-store retail” showing a nearly 80% increase from 5 years ago. Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar retail sales have stayed relatively flat (1).
To manage this part of your business, you must first locate and identify your distributors and determine how accessible and effective they are. These relationships are paramount to being able to have long term, cost-effective solutions for your business. Business is not just about making money, but also saving money. Understanding the flow between the point of origin to the point of consumption is key, as, “The success of an e-commerce business is defined by how well they serve and retain their consumers, which is the major function of logistics” (4).
Successful logistics and E-commerce must have a managed and well-functioning relationship. To sell online means that those goods must be delivered efficiently and without too much time. Faster delivery can lead to growth – as evidenced by the history of Amazon.com. That growth comes at a cost. For Amazon, that means a $7 Million loss annually.
To be able to host an e-commerce solution means to have an understanding of competition in the market and how they manage their flow of goods.
When reviewing and analyzing the current trends in e-commerce logistics, two major factors seem to breed successful online sales. The first being free and low-cost shipping options for the consumer. In 2015, 60% of online transactions included free shipping. How can that be?
Many companies use buying minimums to help offset their shipping costs – stating free shipping after a certain spending threshold was reached. This is a rather successful tactic as “90% of shoppers will take actions to qualify” to get that benefit (5). Meaning: most will purchase more to get them to that free shipping marker. Retailers will often offset their cost out as a promotional cost since it gets the buyer to spend more. Over half of the online shoppers out there will trade cheaper shipping if it means it takes a few days longer to receive it.
The second tactic to help offset shipping costs is to save money spent. WalMart online offers free shipping over $35 in purchases but will have a flat rate of $5.99 to ship if the sales are below $35. The $5.99 cost, for example, is a way for WalMart to cover their shipping charges.
To offset costs onto the consumer is one way to save the shipping costs. Another way is to ship shorter distances. Many retail stores are taking advantage of their existing real estate in this way. Since it costs more to ship across the country than it does to ship over one or two states, retail shops are now becoming regional shipping centers. Kohl’s, for example, found it was saving money and time by sending goods from the shops closest to the end consumer. Amazon has taken this idea one step further and, in cities where they offer Prime Now delivery (within the day), Amazon has built their own fleet of couriers versus hiring out.
Retail entities are also finding success in creating “Omnichannel fulfillment” options (4). By making the retail center a place to be able to pick up the order, retail shops are finding consumers buy additional goods when they come to pick up at the store. They (the consumer) will often couple errands this way so they can alleviate any of their fears of packages being left at home addresses.
For home retailers or small and beginning businesses, understanding logistics and how one will execute this part of their business, is vital to their success. While it may seem like a massive task and that it is too big to accomplish successfully when one’s business is small, understanding creative ways to get goods to consumers can be what bridges the gap between an entity working from home and one who can hire a fleet.
1) Materials, Handling & Logistics. 5 May 2017: “Is Logistics Next Billion Dollar Source for e-Commerce Companies?”
2) BigCommerce.com. Undated. “What is Logistics and how does it apply to ECommerce?”
3) Rheude, Jake, MultiChannelMerchant.com. 31 Jan 2017: “5 Predictions for E-Commerce Logistics in 2017”
4) Gupta, Ishita Sanghal, Entrepreneur.com (India). 27 March 2017: “E-Commerce businesses can improve their logistics”
5) Kaplan, Deborah Abrams. 6 June 2017: “The Real Cost of Ecommerce Logistics”. SupplyChainDrive.com
For thousands of years, castor oil has been a staple in beauty cabinets everywhere. Extracted from the seeds of the Castor plant, Castor oil has many great applications in beauty routines.
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No matter what your beauty need, there are many natural oils out there that can be of help. Be sure to talk with your stylist on natural solutions that you may be looking for.