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Monday
Apr202015

Merchandise Monday: Go Green!

In celebration of all the green that is popping up after the long winter, we thought we’d introduce some “green” products we have in our award assortment. This selection is just a sample of the many eco-friendly, recycled and socially responsible items we have available. When you purchase and use these products, you’re helping to create a more sustainable planet and giving back to those in need. 

GoalZero® Switch™ 8 Kit - Solar Recharging Kit with Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel

Power anything anywhere with the Switch™ 8 Kit – great for use with most USB-powered devices. Switch 8 offers approximately three recharges to your MP3 player, one recharge to your smartphone, 50-percent boost to your e-reader and 25-percent boost to your tablet.

Helping Hand Artisans Silvery Tradition Cuff

Reminiscent of a beautiful English garden resplendent with vines and spectacular blooms, this engraved brass cuff in antique silver-tone finish is sure to delight. Proceeds provide jobs and economic stability where few employment opportunities exist, offering local artisans the freedom to live independently.

Helping Hand Artisans Recycled Cement Tote

Not only socially conscious, but environmentally friendly to boot! Made from recycled Thai cement bags, the Recycled Cement Tote is the ideal companion for a person on the go! The purchase of this Tote supports the fight against human trafficking.

Smart Solar Ashbourne Solar Birdbath

Create a relaxing atmosphere in your garden patio or balcony. It's made of low maintenance resin and recycles water from a hidden reservoir and operates in direct sunlight. No wiring or operating costs - simply install and enjoy!

Smart Solar Tangier Solar Ceramic Lantern - 2 Pack

        Perfect for any outdoor area, these lanterns illuminate automatically at dusk and turn off at dawn. Dual modes feature white or color changing light. No wiring and no assembly required. Includes a convenient hanging loop so that the jar can be hung from your favorite tree, pergola or porch.

Smart Solar Umbrella Series Solar Fountain

Add a touch of whimsy to your garden or patio. This solar fountain operates in sunlight and features water trickling off of an umbrella. One-gallon water capacity, no wires to install and low maintenance with zero operating costs.

Smateria Recycled Motorcycle Seat/Netting Messenger Bag – Small

This stylish and eco-friendly messenger bag made from recycled motorcycle seats and accented with mosquito netting and is both durable and functional. Purchases support artisan families in Cambodia, including daycare and preschool for their children.

Wai Lana™ Eco-Friendly Bamboo Towel Set

This bath, hand and wash towel set is made from 100 percent bamboo, an ecologically sustainable crop. Sumptuously plush, soft and silky, these towels are more absorbent than standard cotton towels and are naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and odor-resistant.

Monday
Apr062015

Hinda Incentives Announces Closing of Its Acquisition of Universal Rewards Exchange

Hinda Incentives has announced that it has closed its acquisition of the Universal Rewards Exchange (URE) from Engagement Technology (ET) LLC, a division of Engagement Enterprises. The URE will become a division of Hinda and its current management team, including Vice President of Sales Jim Kilmetis and Andrea Lightman, will lead the new Hinda division, and will report to Mike Donnelly, President of Hinda Incentives.

“Hinda is excited about the early reaction to the news of this acquisition, says Donnelly. “While Hinda’s customer’s enjoy a full-service solution to their rewards and recognition programs that enables them to focus primarily on selling or on their other core businesses, the URE provides a unique, transparent marketplace for the incentive, recognition and other types of do-it-yourself solution providers who seek to have their own relationships with vendors, or who wish to utilize their own catalogs or front-end program management technologies. We are excited to be in the role of helping bring this invaluable industry marketplace to the next level to address the do-it-yourself solution providers who might not have considered Hinda in the past. We look forward to working with all of the wholesale suppliers in the URE marketplace to produce more volume for all and to improve industry efficiencies.”

Hinda will immediately add to its Value Chain Network strategy the technology and marketing services of the URE’s parent company, Engagement Enterprises. These include the Solata Engagement Express and Portal program management technologies and the Engagement Agency licensee program, both of which are designed specifically for marketing, HR, recognition and other solution providers seeking to help clients achieve specific goals by integrating all of the traditional levers of engagement. The program management technology is specifically built to support the engagement framework created by EE’s Enterprise Engagement Alliance Curriculum Development Program and to help solution providers and their clients profit from engagement.

The acquisition and marketing agreement demonstrates the commitment of both companies to helping incentive, recognition, loyalty and other engagement solution providers maximize their business opportunities by having access to the most complete suite of technologies and methodologies to help their clients of all sizes achieve the most measurable results.

Jim Kilmetis, a co-founder of the Universal Rewards Exchange, will join Hinda as Vice President of Sales. “My goal has always been to help the solution providers and vendors in this marketplace expand their businesses and enhance their customer relationships by providing the tools and support they need,” says Kilmetis. “The sale of the URE to Hinda helps not only the solution providers by providing them with even a broader range of services and support, but also the leading rewards suppliers who participate in the URE by expanding the potential marketplace for the benefit of all.”

The Universal Rewards Exchange, launched by Engagement Technology in 2010, is a virtual marketplace of rewards consisting of over 70 vendors and growing. It offers solution providers a choice between receiving real-time reward feeds or utilizing customized catalogs and a highly automated redemption system powered by a virtual logistics platform that serves up millions of merchandise, gift card, travel and digital rewards on a real-time basis. The URE is ideally suited for solution providers seeking a do-it-yourself, highly transparent pricing model and direct connections with suppliers.

The URE will now be able to offer its customers Hinda’s complete suite of full-service, customer service, award customization, pricing advantages and personalization services as needed for maximum program engagement. In turn, Hinda’s solution provider network will benefit from a new catalog platform for those who wish to manage award administration on their own, as well as a suite of front-end program management technologies to better measure the ROI of traditional incentive, recognition and loyalty programs.

Monday
Apr062015

Merchandise Monday: Spring Cleaning!

The calendar says April and spring is officially here! Time to open up some windows, put the winter sweaters away and venture outside for some much-needed fresh air. Of course, all the extra sunlight might make it easier to see the dust bunnies that have collected in the corner and the dried salt on the stairs from your winter boots. Why not start the new season right with a little spring cleaning? We’ve got everything you need to spruce up your home and get rid of winter once and for all!

Dirt Devil® Quick & Light™ Carpet Washer

Dirt Devil® took the hassle out of carpet cleaning and made it even easier to brighten up floors with high-powered pickup packed in a lightweight design.

Dyson Cinetic™ Big Ball Animal + Allergy Upright Vacuum

Dyson’s biggest technological breakthrough since DC01 has been engineered to solve the problem of cyclones clogging and losing suction.

Foldable Drying Rack

Perfect for air-drying lingerie, delicates and more, indoors or out with no assembly required. Extended size measures 25.5” L x 15.5” W x 15” H and folds for space-saving storage.

Ideaworks® Deluxe Electric Fabric Shaver/Cleaner

A large shaving head that covers a greater area and safety blade suction removes fuzz and pilling into detachable bin. Use cordless with four C batteries or included AC adapter.

Ideaworks® Set of 12 Extra-Fine Cleaning Cloths

This package includes a cleaning cloth for every task – cleaning phones, tablets, cameras, computers, TVs, eyeglasses and more. They’re safe for all surfaces with no fear of scratching.

Steamfast™ Compact Fabric Steamer

Freshen up your blouses, shirts and other garments with strong, steady steam. Ideal for travel, the steamer is easy to pack and simple to use. Just run tap water into the 7-ounce reservoir.

Suncast® Mega Tall Storage Cabinet, Gray

Finally get the garage organized! This cabinet features durable, double-wall resin construction, easy, no-tool assembly and includes three adjustable steel-reinforced shelves that hold up to 75-pounds.

Yankee Candle® Car Jar® Ultimate - Clean Cotton

Freshen up your ride with the Car Jar®, which neutralizes unpleasant odors and freshens the air in any car or small space. Clean Cotton wraps you in scents of sun-dried cotton, flowers and a hint of lemon.

Monday
Mar302015

Merchandise Monday: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring is finally here, and although nobody likes a rainy day, they are a must if we’re going to see flowers bloom and trees turn green! Don’t let a little sprinkle rain on your parade. We’ve got a great assortment of gardening gear and outdoor accessories to get you through the storm and excited for nicer weather when you can be outside. Whether you have a green thumb or just like to enjoy the outdoors without getting your hands dirty, we’ve got something for everyone in our assortment!

Acu-Rite® Digital Indoor/Outdoor Temperature and Humidity Monitor

Before you head outdoors, make sure conditions are “Rite!” The bold, easy to read LCD screen displays the current indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity with trend indicator arrows, daily high/low information, moon phase, time and date and more.

Diane Katzman Designs Garden Hat

Keep the sun out of your face with this stylish and functional gardening hat. This natural woven garden hat features a charming cluster of pink and peach flowers and is a delightful way to look great while getting down and dirty in your garden!

Picnictime® Large Garden Tool Set

Attractive and durable polyester canvas with stain-resistant interior make this tote the perfect gift for those who love to garden. The tote includes a digging trowel, planting trowel and garden cultivator, all with wooden handles secured in an accessible exterior pocket.

Ray-Ban® New Wayfarer Classic Black Unisex Sunglasses

Go back to where it all began with the updated version of the classic Wayfarer. This unisex style features a smaller black frame and slightly softer eye shape with crystal green lenses that provide remarkable color contrast for more natural vision.

Smart Solar Ashbourne Solar Birdbath

Create a relaxing atmosphere in your garden, patio or balcony. Water recycles from a hidden reservoir and low maintenance resin is easy to keep clean. The fountain operates in direct sunlight with no wiring or operating costs.

Yamaha® All-Weather Speakers

Stay outside longer with this durable, all-weather model that maintains audio performance up to Yamaha® standards. The woofer uses a highly responsive cone and fluid-cooled soft dome tweeter, both specifically processed for water resistance.

Zings & Thingz Botanical Garden Planter Trio

These delightful planters will really make your plants pop! Decorated with the splendor of a busy garden, each piece features a vintage-inspired botanical illustration of butterflies, birds and blooms in striking colors that will multiply the beauty of your growing greenery. 

Wednesday
Mar252015

Your Monthly Check-Up: March toward Good Health during National Nutrition Month┬«

Alright, so there might be only a few days left of March, but it’s not too late to get the most out of National Nutrition Month®! When it comes to your overall health and well being, it’s never too late to start adopting better eating habits and a solid exercise routine – both for yourself and your loved ones. 

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). It began in March 1973 as “National Nutrition Week” but became a month long observance by 1980 due to growing public interest in nutrition. 

With more than 70,000 members, the Academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Its mission is to promote optimal nutrition and well being for all people by advocating for its members. The majority of the Academy’s members are registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians. 

National Nutrition Month focuses attention on the importance of making smart food choices and developing solid eating and exercise habits. This year’s theme, “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health. 

The Academy provides a number of resources for people looking to get on or stay on the path toward good health. For example, the Good Nutrition Reading List includes publications from both the Academy and otherwise collected into the following categories: 

  • Children and teens
  • Diabetes
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Nutrition and lifestyle
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding
  • Special needs
  • Sports nutrition

Another resource is MyPlate, a tool of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to the MyPlate website, the MyPlate symbol is an “easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” (The USDA replaced MyPyramid with MyPlate in June 2011. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is in development.) According to the Academy,

MyPlate provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education and other user-friendly nutrition information. The online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families and their children.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products and seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars and refined grains.

The Academy offers a few rules of thumb to help consumers work some of these Dietary Guidelines into their daily lives: 

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Avoid oversized portions
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1-percent) milk
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks 

Ready to take your nutrition and exercise goals a step further? Check out the SuperTracker, an interactive tool via the MyPlate site that can help you plan, analyze and track your diet and physical activity. Gain insight on how much you should be eating, track your foods, physical activities and weight and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching and journaling. 

Wellness is an important part of life at Hinda, which is why we dedicate at least one post per month to wellness news and trending topics. No matter where you are in your health and fitness journey, there’s no better time than National Nutrition Month to take a step back and review your goals, analyze your results and make whatever tweaks you can in order to achieve optimal health and overall well being.