Dollar General: Coming to a Community Near You!

They started out as a small, family owned retailer and gradually began to spread beyond its small town roots to towns across America. Along the way they changed the company’s name and quickly became known for offering low prices on a wide variety of items. Consumers flock to them and they are opening more stores annually in the US than any other retailer. I’m talking about Wal-Mart, right? No, Dollar General! Let’s take a closer look at another one of America’s retail success stories, the Dollar General Corporation.

J.L. Turner was a man toughened by life’s difficulties who founded what was later to become Dollar General with his son, Cal. At the age of 11, his father died and young J.L. soon found himself out of school and working to support his family. By the age of 17 he was married and operating a bridle shop with his wife. Later, he opened a country store but had to give that business up when prices dropped along with his profits. Soon thereafter he began to work for a dry goods wholesaler and, later, he bought and liquated bankrupt general stores during the Great Depression.

By 1939, J.L. and Cal decided to plunk down $5,000 each to start J.L Turner and Sons Wholesale store in Kentucky. In 1955 a new idea was born – the dollar store – and all the stores in their growing fold soon were converted and the Dollar General name was born. The company went public in 1968 and today it operates over 7550 stores in 30 states with more than 700 added in 2004 alone.

So, what kind of items can you find at Dollar General? A good variety! The store reminds me of another retailer, now defunct — Woolworth’s — in that they carry a little bit of everything. Do you need greeting cards? Excellent quality cards are sold for the unheard of low price of 2 for $1. Seasonal items such as coolers, plastic benches, folding stools, flags, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, wind chimes, and more are on prominent display. Food items as well as personal care products are carried, many of which have the Dollar General name and have a pre-stamped price right on the product. No, they do not have a complete line of any product, just the bestsellers. Still, the variety is good.

Because Dollar General was founded exclusively as a dollar store, many of their items are still priced at a dollar or less. Fortunately, for consumers, they are not restricted by the ‘one dollar’ limit and other items of greater value are sold too. Do you need sunflower bird seed? $2 per bag. Do you want DG candy? 4 for $1. On a recent visit I made to my nearby Dollar General I noticed many summer items on display outside the store with discount labels of 30% featured. Thus, the $20 molded plastic bench – available in white or hunter green – was now reduced to $14. Although the chain prices their items competitively, marked down items are easily found and quickly snapped up. So, if you see an item reduced and you want it, you better snag it right away!

Dollar General clearly states on their website that they serve lower and lower-middle income customers. Thus, one of their strong sellers is the Dollar General private label found on many products throughout the store. The quality of these items can differ, however. For example, I purchased the DG version of a York Peppermint Patty and can emphatically tell you that York has no fear of DG overtaking them in this category! If it is price you want, then get the DG patty. If it is taste, consistency, and quality you desire, then get the York Peppermint Patty. The store sells both items.

As widespread as the company stores are, you cannot find them in twenty states — yet. All states on the east coast are served except for those in New England. Stores can be found in the upper Midwest and as far west as Wisconsin then down to Texas and over to Arizona. All of the northwest and California, Utah, and Wyoming fall outside of their current service area. Still, the company is able to saturate the market with over 900 stores in Texas alone.

Many small towns that would probably not be served by a larger retailer usually have a Dollar General store present. Thus, the corporation’s commitment to small towns remains important to them, something many of the larger retailers have forgotten about over time.

Do I recommend Dollar General? Yes, because I shop there. No, I don’t purchase many of their store labeled items for reasons mentioned earlier. Still, I like to shop at a store that is small enough to locate much of what I need quickly and at a good price while allowing me to leave without feeling overwhelmed. Apparently, most of their customers feel the same way.

General Plumbing Maintenance – Generally Speaking, Go With the Specialists

The idea of the specialist is bandied about a lot in the business world a lot these days but make no mistake, a tree is judged by its fruit. To explain this age old proverb, let’s talk about plumbing because plumbing happens to be one of those areas in which the term ‘specialist’ is misused. Of course, all plumbing services are going to claim to be ‘specialist’ because all plumbing services want to identify themselves with a certain quality of service.

But judge them by their fruits. Do they have a detailed knowledge about the latest product lines? Do they offer the required maintenance to keep those product lines performing at optimum efficiency? Probably more pertinently than anything else, how do those product lines perform on a day to day basis? How often does a ‘specialist’ have to come out to service these products?

You see it’s not just a matter of having a few people on board your staff who know more than the average guy about plumbing. At Smart State Plumbing Supplies, we have a highly qualified staff to deal with maintenance needs, but more importantly we have a highly qualified staff who knows the value of reliable, state of the art products. We believe in the products we service and maintain, and we know you want the service and maintenance of those products to be a seldom exercise. We do everything in power to ensure that our commitment to maintenance intrudes as seldom as possible with day to day lifestyle. This starts with a high quality product line of which we have a specialist knowledge.

Then there is what we call General Plumbing Maintenance. This is not to be confused with fixing mistakes that could have been avoided through the sale of reliable, state of the art products. Maintenance at Smart State Plumbing Supplies means fine tuning and maintaining products that are supposed to make your life maintain an easy flow. In the area of plumbing, maintenance will always be a requirement. This is the nature of such finely balanced systems. But we make it a much easier pill to swallow by offering not just maintenance but information and choice.

Just take a peek at the Smart State Plumbing Supplies website sometime. Then you will see our dedication to keeping you informed about what we do and the products you may or may not choose to use. This is a breath of fresh air to many people who know little or nothing about how their taps run. Of course, another breath fresh air is knowing that our maintenance and service is guaranteed. We can offer that guarantee because we’re a genuine specialist team.

Industrial General Purpose Absorbents – All You Need to Know About Absorbents

Fluid solidifiers are a common industrial general purpose absorbent. These solutions have ‘encapsulation technology’ that impedes the activity of fluid spills that can be up to more than 100 times its own weight. Fluid solidifiers are sprinkled onto a spill and the granules absorb the fluid rapidly, turning it into an easy-to-scoop granulated gel that can be disposed of properly.

There are of course other fluid solidifiers on the market, all which act and react in a similar fashion. Usually a granular substance that can be sprinkled or dumped into a spill, the industrial general purpose absorbents encapsulate the spill immediately and begin to soak it up into its pores. Then one can easily remove the granules that have soaked up the spill and dispose of them. This method of absorbing liquid materials has been around for a long time, however many advancements have been made in the area of general purpose absorbents. In some cases, industry requires an absorbent that can absorb a variety of liquid products, from oil based to water based and including a wide variety of chemicals.

If there is a spill where an industrial general purpose absorbent has been used, it is critical to note that clean up is done immediately and properly. There are a variety of ways to dispose of the used absorbent properly as well as regulations for how certain products and chemicals can be disposed of. It’s important to check with your local agency or company to find out how to properly dispose of a cleaned up spill.

Another issue that is important to the industrial general purpose absorbent industry is environmental protection. Some spills are highly toxic and can damage the environment. These spills are required to be contained immediately and disposed of properly. In some cases, you may have to report the spills to a local government agency, especially if the chemical or product that was spilled is not environmentally friendly or is corrosive or dangerous in any way. Soaking up and containing the spill quickly is of paramount importance, which is why engineers are consistently working towards better products that are more environmentally friendly and do their job quickly and efficiently.

There are also a wide variety of wipes available for industrial general purpose absorbents. These wipes are durable yet surface safe–they are often safe enough to work on glass but tough enough to wipe down machinery and wipe up caustic spills. Some wipe absorbents are moist and treated with a solvent to help wipe up and clean the spill that happens.

If spills are expected or highly likely in an area, you can choose a mat or pad to lay down. These industrial general purpose absorbents can be used to protect an area that has a high likelihood of spills, to wipe up a spill or used as a liner for products that may leak or be dirty. These pads generally work in the same way–with an inner core that locks the leak or spill into the center of the pad quickly and for easy disposal.

There are many products that can be used as an industrial general purpose absorbent, finding one to suit your needs is quite easy.

General Wholesale – First Step to Make in Starting a General Wholesale Clothing Business

At present, general wholesale products are widely distributed all over the world with use of the great innovations of technology. The internet has served millions of businessmen, being a useful tool of increasing the reach of their trading market to the different potential customers around the world. Like wholesale clothing, these products can now easily be sold and purchased online. Wholesalers started by choosing the right products to sell, become part of a wholesaler group, and finally promote their products. In their products’ promotions, they do not have to do it all by themselves. They have all planned out and have chosen every vendor or promoter, negotiated with product manufacturers, and already had their reliable suppliers. After all of these, they start selling their products. And in selling their products, they have already differentiated their own original price to the general wholesale purchasing price.

Beforehand of getting themselves started in selling and launching their products, they always put into consideration the products they are selling to their potential customers. There are still a few things that they need to sort out.

In a general wholesale clothing business, they have to decide first between selling general wholesale clothing products and selling wholesale clothing under a specific niche. Wholesalers selling general clothing products mean that they can sell all the different kinds of clothing regardless of age, sex, and niche. While in a business having a specific niche, wholesalers need to have a different set-up and have to focus in a specific group of customers.

Right after deciding what to sell, wholesalers need to visit the source of their products. They need to meet up with their chosen manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers. They have to check out the processing of the products and its quality level. Wholesalers also need to reassure themselves that they have chosen reliable services from their partners. After tackling with these tasks, they need to engage in reassuring the products’ qualities, the restocking charges, and the return policy. Then, they need to gather more advices and helpful information regarding their business. Finally, they need to meet up with their clients and clear all the ideas within their business.

Now, they can start taking the first step of the operation of their business. Everybody always starts small in order to grow big, and that is one of the exciting features of having a general wholesale business.