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This year’s “Christmas Gift Bags” drive expected to be most successful ever, DRSS announces. Donations to benefit 3 Square, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Safe Nest, The Shade Tree, Woman’s Development Center, Nevada Homes for Youth, and A Place Called Hope at Ranch High School.
Tis the Giving Season
This year Discount Retail Store Services will be packing hundreds of gift bags with nearly $10,000.00 in much needed items for the Valley’s poor and needy. On the 18th of December, as a company, DRSS will spend the evening packing the gift bags which will be delivered the next day to a number of charitable organizations and families. Suppliers and partners to DRSS have already chipped in with cash and item donations according to the company, but more donations are appreciated. This year the local community is invited to participate in this much needed drive.
Spread the Joy
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What Do the USPS Financial Troubles Mean for Mailbox Franchises and Independent Mailbox Store Owners?Nov. 28, 2012, 1:10 p.m.
USPS scheduled to close/cut operation hours at 2,000 locations in light of recent defaults in the billions. An industry insider discusses the impact on non-USPS mailing entities, Discount Retail Store Services reports.
In August 2012 USPS defaulted for the first time since 1982, unable to make a required 5.5 billion dollar payment. They defaulted again in September 2012 without paying a required 5.6 billion dollar tab.
Cost Cutting Moves
Meanwhile in order to cut costs USPS has implemented plans to consolidate their network of 461 mail processing centers in phases starting with 140 consolidations through 2013 and an additional 89 through 2014. “We revised our network consolidation timeline to provide a longer planning schedule for our customers, employees and other stakeholders, and to enable a more methodical and measured implementation,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the Postal Service. Also according to Donahoe USPS is ...
Dollar Store Industry Insider Discusses the Drastic Increase in Consumer Confidence in Light of New CEI NumbersNov. 13, 2012, 1:29 p.m.
Experian Marketing Services recently published a report showing large increases in consumer confidence throughout the year and heading into the holiday season. A dollar store insider discusses what impact it will have on the growing industry, DRSS reports.
Confidence is Up
Experian Marketing Services recently released numbers from their Consumer Expectation Index (CEI) which indicate a significant rise in consumer confidence throughout the year and heading into the holiday season. Many of the numbers are the highest they have been since before 2008 including the number of consumers expected to purchase a home in the coming year, or to buy or lease a new car. Almost across the board the numbers are better than last year including a 5% increase in those expected to refinance a home and a 2% increase in online shopping.
General Manager of Global Research for Experian Marketing, Bill Trancer, commented on some of the findings, ...Nov. 13, 2012, 12:53 p.m.
Veteran’s Day is Sunday, November 11 and in honor of past and present soldiers Discount Retail Store Services would like to inform military and friends and family of the military of their $1,000 discount on store ownership.
Helping Veterans Succeed
Discount Retail Store Services is a member of the Heroes to Home Program which is sponsored by the Veterans Business Resource Center. The Heroes to Home Program offers veterans support in a number of areas including career placement and in helping to identify quality entrepreneurial opportunities for veterans. This is a vitally important function. Studies have shown that it can often take up to 6 months for a veteran to transition back into a civilian lifestyle even though our military is uniquely skilled and incredibly qualified for all manner of positions.
In acknowledgement of Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, Discount Retail Store Services wants to thank all of ...Nov. 11, 2012, 1:25 p.m.
Discount Retail Store Services would like to announce their annual “Christmas Gift Bags” drive has begun and to invite the local community to participate in this year’s event.
A Tradition of Giving
Discount Retail Store Services, a small local business development company, holds a “Christmas Gift Bags” charity drive each year in order to provide Las Vegas’ most needy with essentials and gifts in order to make their Holiday Season a little brighter. Last year they were able to raise just over six thousand dollars in gifts including clothing, bathroom products, food, toys and clothing for babies and kids, school supplies, books, and much more. Recipients ranged from low income families to the homeless. Included on the list were shelters, rescues, and schools with high poverty and homeless rates. The list of recipients for this year has not yet been finalized but the focus is to remain on the neediest ...Oct. 18, 2012, 1:50 p.m.
USPS has been covered from the angle of its recent planned decline in services and 5.6 billion dollar default in September 2012. Industry insider calls it a smoke screen clouding true opportunity.
According to USPS numbers, the decline in overall mail volume has been significant, nearly 20% over the last decade. The reasons are assumed to be factors like the internet, email, direct deposit and other electronic alternatives to traditional mail. Other statistics include a recent 5.6 billion dollar default in September 2012, which follows USPS’ first default since 1982, 5.5 billion in August 2012.
Mail is Still Booming
“We feel that the problem with the way these numbers have been presented is that it makes it look like the business of mail isn’t doing so great. This is not the case at all; the problems of USPS are utterly disconnected from the overall mailbox industry,” according to ...Oct. 18, 2012, 12:58 p.m.
The largest one-price non-franchise clothing store developer in North America announces its partnership with the Heroes To Home program.
Clothing Store Developers specialize in helping independent entrepreneurs start a non-franchise clothing store. It is the largest non-franchise, non-chain clothing store developer in North America. Clothing Store Developers has partnered with the Veterans Business Resource Center, and through their Heroes To Home program, offers Veteran discounts on starting a store as well as a Veteran liaison in order to expedite the process.
Turning Heroes into Entrepreneurs
Studies that cover Veteran transition into civilian life show that this process can often take as long as 6 months. The Heroes To Home program performs functions like assessing skill sets, finding alternative employment when deployment or changing circumstances make previous areas of employment impossible, and primarily helping Veterans become entrepreneurs by identifying opportunities and helping to develop a customer base.
An Easier Transition
NRF Predicts a 4.1% Increase Over Last Year’s Holiday Retail Season, $586.1 Billion. Independent Business Developer Discusses What it Means for Dollar StoresOct. 17, 2012, 1:11 p.m.
National Retail Federation forecasts Holiday spending stronger than last year by over 4%. NRF Chief Economist calls the forecast “pragmatic” DRSS reports.
The National Retail Federation is America’s largest retail organization. Based in D.C. they predict that Holiday shopping for 2012 will increase significantly over 2011 increases, but that the jump in the increase is not as great as the previous years. Still good news for retailers and signs of an improving retail economy, Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at NRF states that: “While moderate compared to what we experienced the last two holiday seasons, the forecast is a very pragmatic look at what to expect this year given the current rate of economic growth.”
Some of the issues which could have a negative effect on these numbers include if gas prices continue to rise and if job growth slows down, according to California ApparelNews.net. The article ...
Party City Closes its Doors on Hundreds of Small Communities. Small Town Entrepreneur Refuses to Acquiesce.Oct. 2, 2012, 1:55 p.m.
Party City Corporate turns off the lights in small towns and eliminates small town jobs across the country. One local entrepreneur refuses to fire staff and finds a way to become even more successful from the same location, Discount Retail Store Services Reports.
Refusing to Stop the Party
Thad Gregory had been managing a Party City store in Sulphur Springs, TX for six years when he got word from corporate that they were closing. This did not sit well with Thad, “Our store location closed not due to downsizing but because our parent company decided they no longer wanted to be in a town our size. Not the economy, not anything like that, they just didn’t want to be in our town.” Further details behind specific closings were not made available by Party City. It was part of a series of closings which included all stores under 5,000 sq. ft....
Area of Health Industry Named in Top 5 for Starting a Business—What it Means to Independent Fitness Centers and Anyone Who Wants to Open a GymSept. 24, 2012, 1:17 p.m.
Discount Retail Stores Services reports on entrepreneurial trends associated with health and the booming fitness industry.
Healthy Living is Paying Off
According to Inc.com, publishers of Inc. Magazine, a long-standing entrepreneurial and business print magazine, Health Care is among the top five areas (16 total areas are listed for more please visit Inc.com) to start a new business. Also in the top five are Environmental Consulting, Translation and Interpretation, Mobile App Design, and Ferryboats and Inland Water Transportation (in areas close to bodies of water where traffic is often congested). The article mentions the rising cost of health care and the explosion in the growth of the elderly population as causes; 10,000 people will be turning 65 every day through 2030 according to a Pew Research Center study. Added to that should be the obesity epidemic, with over 50% of the U.S. population currently overweight and over 50% of the ...