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March 2013

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Green Issue

Greening All Over The Globe

Artisan carving Circa Asia Product Green products and processes continue to be important to many consumers. has created a "Green" area where you can find green products from cleaning supplies to books about environmental science. Similarly, Office Depot has a "Greener Office" section on its website where you can find environmentally friendly ink and toner, recycled paper products and more. Staples has its own "Easy on the Planet" area of their website.

In the Gift and Home Industry, many vendors are conscious of this concern and keep it in mind in their manufacturing processes and materials.

Goods 4 U Global is a new virtual market place that brings to its customers a variety of handmade, fair trade, socially responsible and eco-friendly goods. Here are a few that focus on working with sustainable materials, providing work for artisans around the world. The following three companies are among those represented by Good 4 U Global.

Venture Imports Soapstone Sculpture Circa Asia strives to inspire through all of the wonderful traditions so evident in Asian culture. Our goal each and every day is to provide our customers with the highest quality handcrafted items from Thailand and Vietnam. Not only do we want to give our artisans an opportunity to express their true creative talents, but also we are equally focused on providing earth-friendly GREEN products. Our collection reflects the true beauty nature has to offer. Created from sustainable or reclaimed materials, bamboo and mango wood, we strive to design with both you and the environment in mind and to provide you with access to unique and stylish items that are socially responsible.

Venture Imports is a fair trade company that supplies beautiful sculptures and jewelry from Kenya and Zimbabwe. Venture Imports is dedicated to providing employment to people in developing countries by giving them access to North American markets.

The sculptures are made from a natural stone called soapstone, sometimes referred to as Kisii stone because it's from the region of Kisii, Kenya (western Kenya).

Five Accessories First the stone is mined, then cut into chunks. Then the artists hacks away with chip and chisel, sanding, then wet-sand using finer and finer sandpaper until it has the smooth feeling that soapstone is known for. When they are done wet-sanding, they will polish the piece to give it a shine and finally polish the piece. Each person is paid a fair wage.

Many of the women in the group are widows who were abused when they used to go to market to sell their products. Now they can work in the cooperative's building or bring work home. The number one goal they always say they have is to send their children to school. All of the children are currently in school.

five ACCESSORIES is a social enterprise committed to offering fairly traded and eco friendly handbags, recycled purses and sustainable. The bags are made from repurposed netting and garbage bags are well as recycled motorcycle seats. The purchase of your our products goes to provide income, dignity and hope to artisans and their families in Cambodia.

Jack Rabbit Creations Organic Cotton T-Shirts At five ACCESSORIES we want to offer stylish and unique eco friendly products. Yet, the underlying values of our company is knowing where and by whom the item was made. We believe that offering products that are made under fair trade labor practices, thus empowering people in developing countries by teaching them viable working skills, is the surest way to fight global poverty. We are a social enterprise connecting people with a passion to help change their world through products that truly make a difference.

Jack Rabbit Creations features toys and clothing made from natural materials. Their toys favor a "no batteries required approach and many are made of wood. The company's organic birthday t-shirts are 100% super soft organic cotton. "We work with natural materials on almost all our items." says Erica Lancaster of Jack Rabbit.

Featured Vendors

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Acacia Creations Since our products debuted in the U.S. in 2007, we've been working overtime to meet demand and we couldn't be happier. That's because at Acacia Creations we operate according to fair trade principles and return a percentage of each sale to our employees in Kenya. That means the more we sell, the more our workers and their families benefit! Also, because our items are made from recycled and reclaimed materials, the more we sell, the more we keep from being thrown away.

Badash Crystal: Our broad selection of mouth blown tabletop and decorative accessories from around the world will surely meet your needs. Every piece is individually and safely boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving, bridal and/or personal pleasure.

Band Angels is a line of adhesive bandages in boys' and girls' colors (blue and pink) decorated with Scripture verses printed on them. CAMEO EZ© member stores can now log into a site one time and place orders from several manufacturers. Check back often to see more lines. One Login - Multiple Shopping Carts - Easy Checkout.

Camille Beckman is known worldwide for the quality of their fine creams and lotions. For the past 18 years, this 'Made in America' product has been rated #1 in the personal care industry and continues to offer formulas based on rich and wholesome ingredients, blending small batches and using hand-crafted, old-fashioned methods that create a difference you can feel! Being that personal care products are an indispensable item for many gift shops, Camille Beckman is a natural choice because of their 27 years of service to the locally owned gift industry.

Coast Lamp Manufacturing was established and incorporated in the state of Florida in 1955. Now, a North Carolina Corporation since 1975, located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We are a family owned and operated company. Our product is UL/ULC listed and approved and made in the USA. Customer satisfaction and a long lasting relationship are our goals. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.

Divinity Boutique is a gift company that is focused on trendy and fun gifts that feature inspirational verse and themes.

Elegant Baby Elegant Baby® understands that babies deserve style just as fresh as they are! Our marvelous collection of baby products is full of bold colors and spectacular designs. From traditional to contemporary, today's baby gift is sure to become tomorrow's treasure. Products ranging from My First Rubber Ducky to My First Baby Bible, My First Baby Blankie, My First Baby Jeans to the iconic silver spoon, Elegant Baby is where style meets tradition.

Europa Home decorincluding glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge, awards, gourmet food, sale items and more.

Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, gift and stationery products company featuring exceptional art and design. With an array of styles, variety of products and outstanding customer service, Gina B. Designs has "something for everyone."  All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Halle Joy is a different type of company, committed not only to designing beautiful products, but to bringing joy to people throughout the world. A portion of the proceeds from every piece we sell goes to support worthy causes around the world.

Hook Line Greetings offers the world's first patent-pending "Gift-in-Greet" Fishing Lure Cards. The company's unique and clever greeting cards contain an authentic hand-tied fishing lure as the "gift" that can be taken out for immediate fun and enjoyment. Just "release" the fishing lure from the card, tie on a line and go fish!

Highland Graphics: a leader in functional gift with decorative items for gift giving and kitchen. From our topselling Absorbastone coasters, to our decorative bamboo cutting boards, everything we manufacture is made in the USA. Our high quality plus competitive pricing lets our customers make higher margins. We feature licensed art, official collegiate products and have a full range of custom capabilities with low minimums.

InDesign, Home of The Sophie Collection, one of America's leading fashion accessory wholesalers! All products designed by Anna Larsson Daley using only the finest textiles and materials available. We provide retailers with unique, high quality fashion accessories including the # 1 selling jewel embellished scarf at retail.

JTP Wholesale: Monogrammed toilet paper and coasters - The perfect gift for the person who has everything.

Leslie Handpainted Glass: Leslie Hand Painted Glass is Proudly Painting in Portland Oregon USA Specializing in Custom & Regionally Specific Designs - Personalized Wedding & Bridal Parties - Corporate Gifts & Events.

Nicole Brayden Gifts: a bright and trendy collection of stationary and home decorproducts. Lots of fun colors and designs offered. Introducing new and exciting "Purse Pad" stationary assortments as well as the trendy Cheeky Chic collection.

O3 USA: Founded on principles of creativity, functionality and a funky spirit, O3 USA strives strive to offer products that are unique, stylish, and, most importantly, cool. From kids' backpacks and luggage with integrated coolers, to fun accessories for the family, we hope you find what you are looking for with us here at O3!

snoozies!® are not socks and they're not slippers - sort of a crossover between the two and that's why we call them "foot coverings"! snoozies!® are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful & fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside.

Shade Tree Greetings' "Actual Pictures" are recognized as one of the best-selling greeting card lines in the industry. Nostalgic photographs and clever, funny verses make these cards a success. Go to our website to browse over 300 styles. GREAT introductory programs and free fixtures.

Stupell Industries: one of America's premier suppliers of handcrafted decorative accessories for upscale homes and offices. In business for over 30 years, our line includes a wide variety of baby products, kitchen and bathroom plaques, wall hangings, faux windows, picture frames, and other unique decorative objects. We are constantly enlarging and updating our product offering to keep abreast of the latest trends and styles in the fast-paced home decorative market.

Sunbelt Marketing Group, Inc. Licensed functional and decorative giftware for the home and tailored for the men's market, i.e. (clocks, signs, coat/key racks, salt and pepper shakers, bottle openers, shelves, picture frames, games key chains and more). Licenses include Coca-Cola, General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, Farmall Tractors, Shelby and the Shelby Ford Mustang and Dodge. Product mediums include wood, polyresin, and glass and mixed mediums.

A Thread of Blue is your source for greeting cards picturing scenes from the Holy Land.

Tripar International Inc.: Tripar International is your source for both displays and decorative accessories. Our extensive product line includes a wide assortment of easels, risers, ornament stands, plate racks, mirrors, jewelry displays, and unique display pieces. We are also an excellent source for wine accessories, wall decor, inspirational signs, and cookbook stands. We offer quality with style, low minimums and fast shipping.

Wellspring makes functional products with fresh designs for companies that sell gifts. Great fun and cute personal accessories designed for the purse, stationery designed for organization and Flip Notes- the best-selling slim notepad consistently ranked by retailers as a top 10 in sell through. Perfect 4th quarter pick up gifts at under $10 retail- a sweet spot with today's consumer. Now with collegiate logos!

We Have to Stop Meeting Like This (Really!)

I have attended a lot of business meetings. As a corporate buyer for a 500 store chain, the larger we grew, the more meetings we had. At one point, it felt like practically the entire day was taken up by meetings. We had to do something. We addressed the issue of the why, when, and how for better meetings and things improved.

Now, in working with a variety of retailers and manufactures, I see meeting management is an issue for almost every organization, large or small. If meetings are taking over your life, here's a good place to start:

  1. Do we need to meet? There needs to be a clear purpose for a meeting. Just because you have a recurring "weekly meeting" doesn't mean you have to meet every single week. If there isn't much content due to vacations, travel schedules, your low season or whatever, move that content into the next week and cancel the meeting.
  2. Publish an agenda. Compose an agenda and publish it to all attendees, optimally somewhere between a week and three days before the scheduled meeting. To optimize productivity, publish the topics along with the names of any contributing members so they can prepare. If there is a report or other data to be reviewed prior to the meeting, make sure that is sent out with the agenda or if it's a lot to digest, earlier.
  3. Focus the meeting. Avoid meetings that are in excess of an hour if you can. After an hour folks naturally get restless. If your meeting is looking long when you compose the agenda, consider breaking up the topics and having separate meetings. Conversely, if you can wrap it up sooner, do so. Everyone can use an unexpected 10 minutes to clear some email.
  4. Foster politeness. Start and end your meetings on time. Request that all electronic devices be turned off so members can focus on the task at hand. Treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Once meeting attendees see the predictable, consistent structure behind the process and their role in moving decisions forward, meetings will become even more efficient.

Gail Markert is the President of Markert Group Consulting. A former key account buyer, Gail assists manufacturers and retailers with merchandising, marketing, branding, and product development. You can view her website at or reach her at

© Gail Markert, Markert Group Consulting, 2013

Quick Industry News

New Wholesale Websites

These CAMEO EZ© websites are new for March. Check them out!

Bard's Website RedesignLong-time OmegaNet/CAMEO EZ© client Bard's Products recently refreshed its website. The Chicago-based company sells display products and accessories, such as glass domes and cabinets, plate stands, ornament hangers, spoon racks, turntables and much more.

Paint-A-DoodlePaint-A-Doodle is a brand new CAMEO EZ© client which features do-it-yourself art projects for kids and adults. Each kit is complete with a pre-drawn design, 12 acrylic paint tubes and 3 brushes. It's a great idea for parties and gifts.

CAMEO EZ© is the B2B e-commerce system developed by OmegaNet Inc., publisher of this newsletter, for use by retailers in ordering inventory for their stores. A partial list of CAMEO EZ sites can be found at the company's portals such as,,, and A complete list of sites is available in the "Directory" on