Making Your Company’s Selection

If you are the purchasing agent for a store or are otherwise in charge of buying retail paper bags your clerks can use in bagging customer purchases, the decision about which ones to purchase may not be as simple as you think. As it stands, many stores are moving away from the common use of plastic in their bagging materials. Out of genuine concern for the environment (and in deference to a national trend in environmental consciousness), many stores are changing their practices. If you’ve decided to make the move away from plastic, here are some things to consider when deciding what to purchase.

– Your Products

The retail paper bags purchased by a store selling large bottles of wine may differ substantially from a store selling candy. Take your products into consideration when deciding the appropriate bagging materials. Not only do you need to take weight into account, but also how your products are purchased. Are you primarily selling large individual items, or are you selling multiple smaller items? If you sell both, you may want to make sure you have different sizes available to suit these purposes. It can be frustrating, as a customer, to have your pack of gum thrown into a container more appropriate for an armful of groceries.

– Marketing

90% of stores put absolutely no thought into using their retail paper bags as a marketing opportunity. If you use this outlet, you can gain an edge on your competition. Just a simple name and logo can brand your business so much better than a brown sack that says “Thank you” or nothing at all. Yes, most of these sacks are going to be thrown in the trash as soon as the customer arrives home; but this is not always the case. Even if they are to be thrown out, there may be advertising opportunities before the customer arrives home. For a good example of this type of marketing done right, look no further than Macy’s and Target.

– Your Budget

While purchasing nice, sturdy retail paper bags should be a priority worthy of some deliberation, the bottom line for any store will always be profit. A budget only extends so far, and it’s easy for niceties such as a remarkable sack for customers to carry out their purchases to fall fairly low on the importance spectrum. So don’t go overboard when it comes to spending your money. Try to find a happy medium between making sure the product is secure and sturdy and spending a fortune on top-of-the-line materials.

Hope For Those Looking to Get on the Property Ladder

You have to know what you are doing when you are considering rent to buy. The government has one option but it offers only shared ownership of the property.

All you need to do is simply register and begin looking through a long list of properties. Once you have found something that catches your eye, contact the company and they will arrange for you to view that particular property. Next you must agree on a purchase price for said property and decide how long you want to take the option over. Usually the deal is in the range of 3 to 5 years. At this point they will work out the deposit amount and how much you will pay on a monthly basis. Then it is up to the solicitors to draw up the relevant paperwork and once that is finished, you will move into the property!

As soon as you move in, you are considered to be the home owner and you are free to alter and improve the property as you please. You can buy the property for the agreed upon amount and any value you have added to the property belongs to you – the equity is yours.

Once the rental period as ended, you are under no obligation to purchase the property. On the other end, the seller is not allowed to change his or her mind and refuse to sell you the property.

Rent to buy may not be for everybody but it certainly is an attractive scheme for first time buyers. There are also other circumstances where people might be drawn to this scheme:

*People who are having trouble coming up with a large deposit that is usually needed in getting a mortgage;

*Anyone who is currently renting but wishes to be a homeowner;

*People with a poor credit rating that makes it difficult for them to get into a mortgage.

Here are the largest benefits for those looking at rent to buy:

*Getting into a property without having to come up with a large down payment *You are able to actually live in the property while growing your deposit

*The price you choose is the price it stays at so that if property values rise, you benefit;

*You do not have shared ownership, you have 100% ownership

*You are able to change your mind once the rental period is over, so that gives extra flexibility.

So, if you find yourself in any of these listed situations, you might seriously want to consider a rent to buy option. Don’t let the downturn in the economy box you in, try a creative scheme!