Mizco boosts portfolio with universal tablet accessories
AVENEL, N.J. — Mizco has introduced a line of universal tablet accessories under the company’s DigiPower, iEssentials and Travelocity brands.
The iEssentials universal neoprene tablet cases are available in a zipper model and a sleeve model. The universal neoprene tablet zipper case features a zipper pocket for storage of cables and other accessories, while the universal neoprene tablet sleeve case features a fold-over closure, and is reversible. Both models are available in 7-in. and 10-in. sizes for $9.99 and $14.99, respectively;
The Travelocity travel tablet case series features travel friendly, form-fitted neoprene cases in SKUs designed to fit all 7- to 8-in. and 9- to 10-in. models of tablets and provide complete protection against damage. Featuring heavy-duty zippers and closed-seam construction for security, form-fitting neoprene and a cushioned interior for extra durability and added protection, these cases are slim and small enough to fit inside another travel bag to keep tablet devices scratch-free and protected while on the go. The cases are available in black, blue, navy, red, purple, pink, blue plaid, red plaid, white polka-dot, houndstooth, pink polka-dot, red hearts, cheetah, zebra and color hearts;
The Travelocity waterproof series includes a universal tablet case, featuring watertight closures, control access through clear window, an adjustable neck or shoulder strap and built-in UV protection; and
The DigiPower cross-brand tablet charger features a simple three-position "smart switch" that allows it to optimally charge USB-powered tablets from such manufacturers as Apple, Samsung, HTC and BlackBerry. Providing up to 2.1 amps of power, the cross-brand tablet charger is capable of rapidly charging any portable USB device a consumer may have, and its super compact design features a convenient flip-up power plug making it ideal for use on-the-go. The ultra-compact charger is available immediately at retailers and online stores with an MSRP of $29.99.
"The market for both Apple and Android based tablets continues to grow and expand at a dramatic rate and so too does the demand for the accessories that complement these tablets," Mizco president and CEO Albert Mizrahi said. "At the same time, our retailers are being very careful with their inventory management programs. Our new line of universal tablet accessories dramatically simplifies their ordering and inventory management, enabling them to carry one or more brands of universal tablet accessories that work with both tablet platforms. Each of our brands appeals to a different segment of the consumer market. And now these brand enthusiasts will be able to purchase a line of universal tablet accessories that works with their iPad and Android tablets."
3M launches Filtrete odor reduction filter
ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M has rolled out a new product that’s designed to remove odors found throughout one’s home.
The Filtrete odor reduction filter is designed to remove such odors as those from cooking, tobacco smoke, pets, mildew and cleaning chemicals — while also helping to improve the air quality in the home, 3M said.
The Filtrete portfolio of products includes air filters, air purifiers and replacement filters, room air conditioner filters, under-sink water systems, a water station and water pitcher.
Walgreens hosts live Twitter chat around its new REDI program
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday afternoon hosted a live chat on Twitter regarding its newly launched national Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative, an in-store training program designed to help people with disabilities gain retail employment, and how that program soon will expand.
The Twitter chat was retweeted across several employment agencies and companies that service persons with disabilities, including Big Tent Jobs, a recruiter that places "degreed pros" with disabilities and chronic conditions; Milwaukee’s Independence First; the SSB BART Group in San Francisco; Richmond, Va.-based TecAccess, WORK Inc. in Dorchester, Mass., and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.
"Thank you for hiring people like me, have you been surprised by [the] productivity & work ethic [of persons with disabilities]?" one Twitter participant asked. "We are so impressed with performance and desire to be successful, 66% REDI grads recommended for hire. #walgreensREDI," answered @WAG_Deb, the Twitter account for Deb Russell, Walgreens’ manager, outreach and employee services.
Walgreens is expanding its REDI initiative across Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin this year, with plans to reach all states by the end of 2013. As part of the process, Walgreens identifies a local agency that can help shepherd the project with a four-week training program.
The goal is to prepare qualified candidates for employment in store positions, as well as positions in any retail setting that requires similar skills. Responsibilities include cash register operations, customer service, merchandising, store inventory and maintaining store signage and displays.
Beyond training managers around how to best support and maintain motivation across an undertapped work force, Walgreens also identifies community agencies that can serve as life coaches where appropriate.
In 2010, Walgreens piloted the REDI program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, bringing together Walgreens store managers and job coaches funded by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to train candidates. After more than 200 trainees and 66% of REDI graduates were recommended for hire, the program grew to more than 150 stores throughout Texas, New York and Connecticut. To date, nearly 400 externs have completed training, and more than 46% have been employed by Walgreens or other retailers.
"A final for @WalgreensNews [Walgreens’ News Twitter feed]: More companies doing this equals more opportunity for people with disabilities!!!" tweeted @WAG_Deb at the conclusion of the chat session.