The pandemic birthed a camping trend as people everywhere found new ways to travel amid lockdowns and heavy travel restrictions. In fact, NBC’s TODAY reports that 2021 saw more than 9 million new campers. Now, as consumers face soaring inflation rates, offensively high gas prices and a looming recession, many have been forced to hold off on travel plans yet again. For many, camping trips have become a great option for a family vacation.Read More
Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer. In addition to weekend vacations and pool parties, historically about 56% of Americans celebrate Memorial Day with a barbecue — likely their first of many barbecues for the season. No barbecue would be complete without a high-quality grill. For that reason, we’ve chosen Big Green Egg as our June Brand of the Month.Read More
Inflation. We’ve all heard about it, spoken of it, and now, as the cost of everyday consumer goods soar, we all certainly feel inflation too.
NBC News reports that “data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that inflation had climbed 8.5 percent in March compared to a year ago — the largest increase since 1981.” Rising prices are eating away at household income gains, and consumers across the economic spectrum are bearing the pinch. Higher grocery and energy bills, hefty gas prices and staggering housing/rental prices are all forcing consumers to reassess monthly expenses and spending patterns, and in some cases, reduce discretionary budgets.
As an employer, what can you do to help?Read More
With Omicron cases quickly declining, government restrictions easing, and COVID fatigue mounting, travel experts are anticipating a big rebound this Spring/Summer. According to a recent article from the New York Times, Travel agents and operators have reported a significant increase in bookings in recent weeks for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.Read More
This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love with the Romance and Lure of our February Brand of the Month, Venus et Fleur
For some, Valentine’s Day brings the promise of chocolates, hearts, and jewelry…but nothing really screams Valentine’s Day like roses. And NO ONE does roses like our February Brand of the Month, Venus et Fleur. Read on to learn more. We promise you’ll fall in love.
The Christmas cookies have all been eaten. We all overdid it on the pasta and holiday cocktails, and the threat of Omicron has forced many of us to skip the gym.
The good news is, it’s a new year. It’s time to turn the page and begin anew. If your rewards participants are in search of tools to help them on their 2022 path to healthy eating and healthy living, look no further than our January Brand of the Month, Vitamix.
Three Things We Learned In 2021 About Product Trends, Consumer Behavior, Supply Chain Issues, and the Customer Experience
2021 taught us a lot. As we began our emergence from the COVID pandemic, we faced new challenges and new opportunities that helped shaped our business and carve out a path forward:
There’s a quote going around the internet that says, “The whole world is short staffed. Be kind to those that showed up.” From restaurant waitstaff to retail cashiers, it seems a large population of the American workforce is on a simultaneous vacation. Without going into the who, why’s and what’s of the current problem, let’s instead evaluate how we can in fact “be kind” to those who are coming to work.
Um, does anyone else feel like this summer is flying by? Hard to believe it’s already August! That means, it is almost time for the kids to head back to school! While some parents may be rejoicing (sorry kids), others might be anticipating the hefty expenses that come with the new school year, such as new clothes, school supplies and a new backpack!
Returning to the Office After More Than a Year at Home: How Will Retention and Engagement Be Impacted?
It’s been 16 months since you sat in a conference room…16 months since the water cooler has been replenished with a fresh bottle of water…16 months since you’ve eaten in a cafeteria…16 months since the halls of your office suite were bustling…16 months since you’ve sat in traffic on your morning commute, 16 months since you stood on a train platform with your Starbucks coffee…and now, you’re ready to get back to it.
Well…your employees may not feel so ready.