Pinterest Gains Popularity
with Consumers US consumers are more likely to engage with retailers on Pinterest than Facebook or Twitter, according to research
released by the National Retail Federation.
On average, US consumers follow an average 9.3 retail companies on Pinterest, compared to 6.9retailers on
Facebook or 8.5 on Twitter, a joint research project by Shop.org, comScore and The Partnering Group found.
Some 38% of online consumers surveyed follow retailers through one or more social networking sites.
According to the research, company blogs, YouTube and Facebook command the majority of consumers' activity. Some
70% of those who follow a company's blog click through to the website, and though sometimes overlooked in the social
media mix, more than 68% of consumers use YouTube to browse and research a retail company.
"Retailers have done a commendable job embracing social media - engaging their customers where it makes sense
while keeping their brand relevant, interesting, appealing and exciting on each platform," said Shop.org executive
director Vicki Cantrell.
"Specifically, Pinterest has given retailers another channel to ‘listen' to and interact with both existing and
new customers, telling an ongoing visual story through images of their products and their brand ‘spirit' - a
story that customers can then tell again to their friends and family members."
Finding good deals is still the main driver behind consumers following retailers on social media platforms,
but deals and promotions have lost a little bit of their lustre. Some 51% of those surveyed said they follow a
retailer to get information on deals and coupons, down from 58% last year.
Some 43% say they are looking for product information and 36% want to post or read comments about merchandise or
One-third of consumers surveyed who own smartphones have shared their location with retailers. Location-based
services such as Groupon Now! FourSquare and Facebook are helping retailers reach new and existing customers by
targeting special offers, discounts and coupons to mobile devices once they've checked in.
"For retailers, the possibilities are endless when it comes to enticing smartphone owners who may be within a
few feet of their store or even already in the store, thanks to technology that lets shoppers who want to hear
from retailers instantly interact with them," said ComScore Jennifer Vlahavas.
"And while check in and store location functionality are already gaining popularity, retailers have only just
scratched the surface of using location data to better serve their customers. In-store shopping maps and
customized shopping lists are a few of the possibilities that will cater to the consumer."
The study found that men are more than likely than women to share their location with a retailer, with 40% and 25%,
respectively, and nearly half of those aged 18-34 say they have shared their location, compared with just 22% of
those aged 35-54.
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Intimate Payments Adds
PaySaber Jack Intimate Payments is pleased to announce the arrival of the
PaySaber Jack, the newest addition to the PaySaber mobile point-of-sale product line. The
PaySaber Jack is a compact magnetic stripe reader that allows merchants to
accept payments wherever they go. It is the first PaySaber designed to work
with both Apple and Android mobile devices.
“Intimate Payments has been providing the PaySaber products to merchant clients
across the country for several years.”, states Sales and Marketing Director
Steve Kimberling. “The arrival of the PaySaber Jack expands our low cost
processing options to those on the Droid platform as well as Apple based device.”
The end-to-end (E2E) encrypted card reader works with any iPhone, iPad, or
iPod Touch, as well as with most Android smartphones and tablets. Reading up to three tracks of information with a single swipe, the PaySaber Jack fits
snuggly in the headphone jack and reads a variety of magnetic stripe data
allowing credit card transactions to qualify for the lowest possible costs.
The PaySaber Jack will be joining other products including the PaySaber POS
and PaySaber Clip. PaySaber devices are designed to work in conjunction with USAePay's corresponding
credit card payment application, available for free download in the Apple Store and Google Play.
To celebrate the launch of the PaySaber Jack, Intimate Payments will provide the card reader at no cost,
for a limited time, for new merchants!* For more information go to www.intimatepayments.com
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Container Carrier Strike
in Pakistan A strike by export container carriers has halted the outward movement of cargo from various cities in Pakistan
- including an estimated US$167m in textile and clothing exports.
The carriers have been protesting since the beginning of June against a decision by the authorities to involve them
in criminal investigations to avert the smuggling and illegal movement of goods.
Azhar Majeed, vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, believes exports were
already facing serious challenges due to energy shortages, high production costs, and recession in key global
markets. The strike, he said, would add additional costs to textile exporters.
Akbar Sheikh, acting chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, claims that a number of export
commitments will not be met - and is urging the authorities to intervene.
However, Shams Burney, chairman of All Pakistan Bonded Carrier Association, says the protest will continue until
the issue is resolved.
Customs authorities have assured exporters that if the strike is prolonged then the government will engage the
state-controlled National Logistic Cell and Pakistan Railways to transport export consignments.
Clothing Firms in India Accused of Slave Labor
Textile and garment firms in southern India who supply dozens of major European and US brands and retailers,
including Marks & Spencer, Mothercare and supermarket giant Tesco, are accused of selling clothing made by girls
working in slave labor conditions.
The claims are made by lobby group Anti-Slavery International and Dutch campaign group SOMO in a report
called 'Slavery on the high street.' The allegations are based on interviews with over 200 former workers in cotton
spinning mills and factories around Tirupur in western Tamil Nadu.
The research is said to have found five Indian clothing makers - SP Apparel, Bannari Amman, SCM, Eastman and Prem
Group - forced young women and girls to work 12-16 hours a day in prison-like conditions, many for well below the
minimum wage. The workers were also confined to the factory or mill even on rest days.
Export data from two Indian ports confirms dozens of major European and US brands purchase garments from these
companies, Anti-Slavery International said.
The workers are promised a lump sum 'bonus' payment at the end of their three-year contract, but this is almost never
paid - either because the worker is unable to finish the contract because of ill health or because management finds
a reason to cancel the contract.
The report also says the Indian manufacturers recruit unmarried girls and women from poor 'lower' caste
families, and exploit local marriage practices by offering a lump sum that could be used to pay for the worker's
The campaigners are calling on the brands implicated in the research take action to end slavery in their supply
They say earlier attempts at the end of 2010 failed to secure a joint commitment to eradicate the practice, with
company-only pledges in May 2011 "lacking any detail to tackle the problem."
In March this year, a multi-stakeholder group conference in Tirupur brought Indian companies, international brands
and some workers together to discuss issues relating to forced labor in the garment industry.
Here it was recognized that abuse of the Indian Apprentice Act was a core factor in the forced
labor of girls and young women - and at a follow-up meeting in London last month some companies committed to undertake a plan of
action to reduce the abuses.
Eurotique Corsets Supports
Woman of the Year
Campaign and South Florida Lymphoma Society. Eurotique Corsets supports Woman of the Year campaign and the South Florida Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by donating proceeds from corset sales. Eurotique Corsets has paired up with local South Florida resident Madie Bitondo to help raise money for the South Florida Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and her campaign for Woman of the Year. In October 2011, Madie and her family were personally affected by this disease when her father passed from Mantle Cell Lymphoma at the age of 53. His battle with this disease was grueling; he suffered from countless infections, a transplant and his inability to walk. But throughout his entire battle he never lost hope, he continued to spread words of encouragement to family members and close friends. It was during this time that Madie made a commitment to her father that she too would spread the word but in a different way. After losing her Father on October 31st, 2011 Madie’s mission became clear, she needed to keep her father’s fight alive. Ever since her father passed, she has been dedicated to raising awareness in South Florida which is why she was nominated by the the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a candidate for Woman of the Year.
Each year ten to fifteen leaders of the community vie for this title of Man & Women of the Year by raising funds for LLS in a 10-week campaign fighting against blood cancers. Madie has already hosted a series of fundraisers which have generated over $60,000 in the fight for LLS. Eurotique Corsets is doing their part with participating in local fundraisers for the 10 week campaign. Eurotique has donated corsets for silent auctions and they are contributing a percentage of their sales from any Green Corset that is sold during the campaign. “We were honored when Madie approached us with her campaign, she has been a loyal customer of ours for many years and it was our turn to support her”, says Peter Grieco of Eurotique. * Green symbolizes Lymphoma Cancers.
On June 8th the winner will be announced at the Grand Finale celebration. The outstanding achievements will be noted through national and local publicity, like USA TODAY and Palm Tran bus advertisements.
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tyes.by.tara Launches Samantha Saint Campaign
tyes.by.tara, a designer and manufacturer of flirtatiously feminine jewelry and accessories, has announced the launch of their latest campaign
featuring the internationally published AVN & XBIZ nominated XXX Film Starlet
“We felt that Samantha was the perfect fit for our latest campaign,” states Founder
Tara Christine. The campaign showcases the company’s products in a flirtatious
light by encouraging consumers and retailers to focus and capitalize on the details
that underpin the finished look.
“Jewelry, accessories, shoes and other wardrobe ancillaries are like a supporting
actress role,” Tara continues, “when executed carefully and thoughtfully, they make
the best picture.”
The Samantha Saint campaign will be launched in print and digital formats as well
as on the companies’ facebook page: www.facebook.com/mytyesbytara. About tyes.by.tara tyes.by.tara is a flirtatiously feminine jewelry and accessory brand that elicits
confidence, independence and femininity and is located at 277 Broadway, Suite 210,
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Cotton Prices Down for Second Consecutive Season
Forecasts for a second consecutive season of higher global cotton stocks are likely to keep international prices low
for another year, according to the latest report from an inter-governmental group.
The International Cotton Advisory Council expects stocks to jump by 43% to 13.3m tons in the 2011/12 season - which
runs until 31 July. And it sees this growing by another 9% in 2012/13 to 14.5m tons.
By the end of July 2013, global cotton stocks are likely to represent 61% of global consumption, the group says -
making this the highest stocks-to-use ratio (a measure of supply) reached since 1998/99.
It also noted that other factors weakening prices include the arrival of rains in Texas, the top US cotton-producing
state, new uncertainties regarding the EU economy and the resulting strengthening of the US dollar.
That said, there is also a risk that price volatility may increase next season due to uncertainties over how the
Chinese government handles the national reserve.
ICAC forecasts predict world cotton production will fall by 7% in 2012/13 to 25.1m tons after cotton prices plunged
the year before.
Global cotton mill use is projected to rise by 3% to 23.9m tons in 2012/13, driven by improving economic growth and
lower cotton prices. Global trade is expected to decline by 8% to 8.1m tons.
The committee also suggests Chinese imports could fall from a record of 4.6m tons to 3.3m tons, whereas imports
by the rest of the world could increase by 15% to 4.8m tons, boosted by lower cotton prices and increased
In the 2011/12 season, three-quarters of the projected increase in global stocks has taken place in China, as the
country continues to build its national cotton stockpiles.
However, a portion of this reserve might be auctioned before the arrival of the new crop, to rotate stocks the
"The Chinese government already announced a slightly higher minimum support price for 2012/13 and is expected
to buy part of the new cotton crop. This suggests that the size of the Chinese national cotton reserve may increase
further in 2012/13."
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