Pet bath technology helps improve quality of life for owners, animals
NEW YORK SpongeTech Delivery Systems, Inc., the maker of SpongeTech’s Uncle Norman’s 4 in 1 Pet Sponge, has released a list of tips for pet owners to help with bathing cats, dogs and other small animals.
Tips include brushing cats’ and dogs’ regularly with appropriate pet brushes, buying a special shower spray device to assist in rinse-offs, wearing clothing that will protect from pet scratches and fur when bathing pets and removing knots from pet hair before washing in water-especially if the pet is a long-haired animal.
SpongeTech’s Uncle Norman’s 4 in 1 Pet Sponge comes with built-in shampoo/conditioner that includes an odor inhibitor to help clean the pet. The sponge is also designed with special “massage bumps” and can be used about eight times before it loses any effectiveness.
“Our earth-friendly product is Paraben-free and eliminates the need to purchase separate bottles for shampoo, conditioner, and odor neutralizers for your pet,” company president Michael Metter said. “With Uncle Norman’s Pet Sponge, bath time for cats and dogs has never been easier.”
SpongeTech products are sold at grocery, drug and mass retailers such as Bashas’ Supermarkets, Rite-Aid stores, Winn-Dixie supermarkets and Wal-Mart.More information is available at www.spongetech.com.
Panasonic releases new battery model
SEACAUCUS, N.J. Panasonic has introduced its newest battery—the EVOLTA model—which has already been listed in Guinness World Records for being the “longest lasting AA alkaline battery cell” used in electronic devices.
The new EVOLTA battery has more internal space than previous versions of Panasonic batteries. It also features improved sealing technology and is produced with new materials such as manganese dioxide and zinc which make it more durable and better-performing, the company said.
To prove the better performance of the new EVOLTA batteries, the company product tested them in devices such as digital cameras, FM radios and other small electronics and found the running life and usage rates to be longer and higher than older Panasonic battery models, Panasonic reported.
Panasonic has also announced the start of its EVOLTA Sweepstakes which runs through March 31, 2009. Prizes include Panasonic products such as a 42-inch Panasonic VIERA plasma HDTV, smaller Panasonic VIERA plasma HDTVs, Blu-ray disc players and 15 LUMIX digital still cameras. Customers can find more information online at www.panasonic.com/evolta.
Retailing forecasts predict growth, but at a trickle
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Retail Federation on Tuesday released its forecast for the upcoming 2008 holiday season, projecting that sales will rise 2.2 percent this year to $470.4 billion.
This gain falls well below the 10-year average of 4.4 percent holiday sales growth and would represent the slowest growth since 2002, when holiday sales rose 1.3 percent, the association stated.
“Current financial pressures and a lack of confidence in the economy will force shoppers to be very conservative with their holiday spending,” stated NRF chief economist Rosalind Wells. “We expect consumers to be frugal this season and less willing to splurge on discretionary items.”
A number of economic indicators point to a challenging holiday for retailers. A struggling housing market and rising unemployment accompanied by meager income gains will continue to hamper the consumer throughout the season.
Food and energy costs will remain high. With the current financial industry crisis continuing to chip away at consumer confidence, NRF does not foresee an economic turnaround until the second half of next year.