Ziploc introduces multipurpose containers
RACINE, Wis. — Consumers looking for containers that are designed to store, heat and serve can look no further than Ziploc’s latest innovation.
Ziploc VersaGlass products are designed to go from the fridge to the microwave or oven — at temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit — and straight to the dinner table, the company said. The containers also are dishwasher-safe and available in six sizes, ranging from $4.19 to $8.99, or in a variety pack of three containers for $17.99.
Ziploc’s VersaGlass line can be purchased online at Ziploc.com or at major retailers nationwide.
99 Cents looks to lure the frugal bride
CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — Retailers have been taking advantage of the much-anticipated royal wedding to promote their own wedding services, but one of the more surprising of the bunch is 99 Cents Only Stores, which used the hoopla around the upcoming union of Prince William and Kate Middleton to announce the launch of its bridal registry for couples.
The company announced that it has more than 999 wedding related items to choose from, and even invited the royal couple to join its registry. The likelihood that William and Kate will register at 99 Cents Only is low, not only because their guests likely have the means to shop at higher price points, but because the company doesn’t operate any stores in the United Kingdom, making it tricky for locals to shop its stores.
The royal couple aside, consumers have been embracing a more frugal lifestyle, and that has included wedding registries. Target and Walmart both offer wedding registries for customers who prefer to offer their guests more affordable gift options, so it is not surprising that 99 Cents Only wants a piece of the action.
Max-Wellness teams up with Lake Health to launch Mini-Max
CLEVELAND — Wellness retailer Max-Wellness on Tuesday partnered with Lake Health, a private not-for-profit community healthcare provider in northeast Ohio, for a summer 2011 launch of its unique Mini-Max store concept.
Mini-Max is a smaller-format Max-Wellness store specifically designed to be located within hospitals and rehabilitation centers to provide health-and-wellness products needed to further a patient’s recovery after leaving the hospital. The approximately 600-sq.-ft. Mini-Max is a smaller footprint compared with Max-Wellness’ traditional retail stores in Sarasota, Naples and Cleveland. The stores also feature other wellness products of interest to the hospital’s visitors and employees.
“This new concept will assist Lake Health patients to further their recovery and rehabilitation after discharge, as well as provide products that promote wellness,” stated Cynthia Moore-Hardy, Lake Health president and CEO.
Max-Wellness will collaborate with the healthcare professionals at Lake Health to provide a relevant offering of products for head-to-toe care tailored to the needs of patients at the provider’s West Medical Center. Max-Wellness advocates, who will staff the Mini-Max, will provide assistance to the patient, caregiver or family members in selecting products the patient needs for continuing care and improving the patient’s general wellness.
Lake Health operates two acute care hospitals, along with 13 healthcare sites, including urgent care and physical therapy locations in Lake County, Ohio, near Cleveland.
As another convenience for patients and visitors in the hospital, Max-Wellness anticipates adding another concept known as “Wellness-in-a-Box,” a computerized dispensing device that features key health-and-wellness products — much like a vending machine — at which customers can make purchases at any time.
“This allows wellness products to be available at other locations within a hospital, near adjacent or nearby medical office areas of the hospital and outside the Mini-Max during non-store business hours,” Max-Wellness CEO Michael Feuer said. “‘Wellness-in-a-Box’ dispensers are also slated to be introduced in urgent care centers, senior living facilities and airports with merchandise customized to meet the specific needs of customers in the venue where the self-service wellness center is located.”