Bravado1 ThumbOver the last two years, Bravado International Group has more than doubled its top-line business and tripled its bottom-line results. The company started out as a small family-owned business 25 years ago, was sold to Sanctuary in 2002, and started making headway in the industry shortly thereafter. But 2007 brought with it a major change that transformed the music-related merchandiser into a one-stop shop: Universal Music Group acquired it. 

Staples2 ThumbAlthough Staples Canada’s colors are red and white, they might as well be green for all the sustainable practices the company has enlisted throughout its history. “What we’ve been doing lately is more of a flywheel effect,” said Steve Matyas, Staples Canada president. “We started off early making sure we were good environmental stewards, going back as far as the opening of our first store in 1991, and the momentum has never slowed.”

Pamida1 ThumbIn the past year, Pamida Stores Operating Co Inc. restructured, rebranded, and refocused its attentions based on three basic tenets: easy, reliable, and affordable. Getting all 204 of the discount retailer’s stores aligned from top to bottom took a lot of work, and is still in progress, but Ken Seipel said the company is already seeing results. 

Terracycle1 ThumbEach and every product on this earth has a life span,” said Tom Szaky, CEO and vice president of licensing and product development at TerraCycle, Inc. “The end-of-life reality of a bag of potato chips is that the food ends up in the toilet and the bag ends up in the garbage. Same with a pen; you buy a pen, the ink runs out. The only difference is, some products can be recycled easily and others not so easily.”

Geoscape1 ThumbFifty percent of the recent population growth in the US is due to growth of the Hispanic population. Hispanics and Latinos comprise approximately 16% of the total US population, coming in second only to non-Hispanic White Americans. Facts such as these make it clear that companies can no longer ignore this important consumer demographic, which is where Geoscape comes into play. 

Sanrio1 ThumbSanrio has the kind of relationship with its customers that is the envy of consumer brands everywhere. With its motto of “small gift, big smile,” the company is celebrating its 50th year of marketing gifts, stationery, fashion accessories, and lifestyle products featuring a host of internationally popular characters, including Hello Kitty.

Tandus1 ThumbOne of the reasons Glen Hussmann, LEED AP, was so excited to join Tandus two and a half years ago was the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Now consider this: Tandus is a commercial carpeting company with a focus on soft flooring. Although much of the focus in the retail world is on how CPG companies develop customer satisfaction, it’s just as important in the world of flooring. When Retail Merchandiser talked to Hussmann, president and CEO of Tandus, he was at the Greenbuild 2009 conference in Phoenix, Ariz. and discussed the importance of paying attention to what customers want in regard to construction materials.

Rickeroil1 ThumbConvenience stores can make life easy on consumers, but it is a tough business for the owners. Fortunately for Indiana’s Ricker Oil and its chain of Ricker’s convenience stores, owners Jay and Nancy Ricker have found many ways to stay ahead of the competition. Founded in 1979, Ricker Oil has changed greatly since the early days. Jay previously worked for Shell Oil and started supplying dealers around the Middletown, Ind. area, driving a tank wagon while Nancy managed the books. Ten years later, Ricker Oil purchased its first convenience store in Middletown, and since that time the company has grown to include 49 company-operated stores. 

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