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Monday
Jan262015

Merchandise Monday: New Brands for the New Year

We’re not yet a month into the New Year and already we’ve been busy adding new merchandise to our award catalog. In fact, we’re excited to announce three new brands we’ve acquired since the end of 2014 – Chic Buds, Gresso and Revelee. Check out the great items we’ve added from these three companies and rest assured this is just the beginning of our 2015 award expansion!

Chic Buds

Battery Charging Bag – Clutchette or Crossbody

The clutchette and the crossbody each hold approximately one full smartphone charge and are compatible with smartphones and USB devices. Made of soft faux leather, satin interior lining with credit card slots and removable and rechargeable battery, as well as battery life indicator lights. Includes USB cord with hidden cable feature.

Slimpower Battery Charger - Pink Stripes or Turquoise

Give your phone a boost without the bulk! This Slimpower battery charger is credit card sized and is compatible with smartphones and USB devices. It holds 2200 mAh - approximately one full smartphone charge. Charge it with a USB - includes two USB cords.

 

Tangle Free Earbuds with Mic - Turquoise or Navy

Created and inspired by women for women, Luv Buds feature no-tangle flat cords and offers a neat, easy and super comfortable listening and talking experience. Luv Buds have a small design for female ears and feature mega sound, microphone, control button, 3.5 mm plug and three ear tip options. Enjoy crystal clear audio while standing out from the crowd.

Gresso

Aluminum iPhone® 6 Case

This innovative iPhone® 6 Case from Gresso is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum for lightweight strength and features a patented magnetic locks system, anodized protective finishing and full access to ports and buttons. Stylish and sophisticated, just like you!

 

Valencia Clutch

Compatible with most 5" phones – iPhone® 5/5S, iPhone 6, Samsung® Galaxy™ S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 and more – this clutch is designed with both functionality and style in mind. It's the only accessory you'll need for running errands or dancing 'til dawn. Made of the finest materials, the Valencia clutch features a main compartment for a smartphone, cards, coins and notes and a detachable wrist strap.

Valencia Folio Case for iPad® Air

The Valencia Folio Case for iPad® Air is hand-made in high quality soft leather and features an elegant design with a lovely bow. The inside of the case features a soft microfiber lining which protects the screen from scratches. It’s easy access to all controls and ports and includes an ultra slim case for maximum protection.

Valencia iPhone® 6 Wallet

The iPhone® 6 Wallet is hand-made and features elegant design elements, high quality soft leather and a secure magnet closure. Interior includes separate slots for your ID and cards as well as a pocket for cash. The snap-on case is made of durable, shatter-proof polycarbonate with a matte soft-touch coating attached on the inside to secure your device.

Relevee

Relevee is one of the Helping Hand Partners, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization marketing socially responsible products made by social enterprise in the US and fair trade organizations globally.

Silver Pennies From Heaven Bracelet

This charming bracelet features a series of hand-hammered sterling silver discs representing abundance. 100 percent of proceeds go to Made By Survivors, a tax-exempt charity serving women and children who are survivors of human rights abuses. Socially responsible, fair trade. 

Silver Stepping Stone Earrings

These delightful earrings are comprised of a series of graduating sterling silver discs, hammered by hand on sterling silver ear wires. 100 percent of proceeds go to Made By Survivors, a tax-exempt charity serving women and children who are survivors of human rights abuses. Socially responsible, fair trade. 

Monday
Jan192015

Merchandise Monday: Trade Show Photo Bonanza!

During the past couple of weeks, the Hinda merchandise team hit the trade show floors at the International CES and PPAI Expo and they reported back with some pretty cool new stuff! For this week’s Merchandise Monday column, we thought we’d let the items speak for themselves.

The PPAI Expo was just last week – January 11-15 in Las Vegas.

Bugatti bags held all the swag given out at this year’s Golden Globes®!

Collegiate products from Dooney & Bourke

New bags for ladies (as well as backpacks) from Victorinox

An assortment of watches at the Wenger® booth

A sweet take on the Batmobile! (Disclaimer: this probably won’t be available in Hinda’s assortment.)

CES was also in Vegas on January 6-9. Be sure to check out our previous post from CES, as well!

Wall-mountable fireplaces from Bell’O®

Fitbit®’s array of fitness tracking devices and…

… Tory Burch for Fitbit 

Intel® RealSense™ Technology puts you in control – without the need for controllers!

Lenses galore at Nikon

The Parrot® Pot waters your plants so you don’t have to remember.

Trying out Samsung®’s Oculus virtual reality headset

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for even more photos from the show floor. As always, we won’t know which of these products we’ll be adding to our assortment for some time, so stay tuned to Hinda Blog for updates on these and other great new items in our continuously expanding awards collection!

Wednesday
Jan142015

Your Monthly Check-Up: January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma, or the “sneak thief of sight,” is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, more than 2.7 million people in the US over age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called the sneak thief of sight because there are no symptoms and a significant amount of vision can be lost before a diagnosis. Once vision is lost, it is permanent. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that involve damage to the optic nerve, gradually causing vision loss without any symptoms. The optic nerve acts as an electric cable that transfers messages from the eye to the brain. Although the most common forms primarily affect middle-aged and the elderly people, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. 

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation: 

There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss. 

While there is no cure, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. Suitable treatment depends on the type of glaucoma being treated, among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease, and regular comprehensive eye exams are necessary for detecting glaucoma as well as a number of other eye and overall health-related maladies. 

“Eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration are best treated when spotted early on,” according to the article “When detecting chronic disease, the eyes have it” in the January/February 2015 issue of Healthy Living Made Simple (published by Sam’s Club). Visiting your optometrist is crucial to maintaining your overall health as many instruments used by optometrists are not used in your primary care physician’s office.

According to the article, many other health conditions can be detected with a retinal scan, including vitamin A deficiency, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high cholesterol, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, Graves’ disease and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. A retinal scan is quick, painless and inexpensive – and it provides a highly detailed look at the eye, providing a baseline for future visits.

According to the WHO, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world and the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans. Other high-risk groups include people of Hispanic or Asian decent, people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics and people who are severely nearsighted. In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you are diagnosed with glaucoma, macular degeneration or other health concerns, treatment can begin immediately.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation is hard at working searching for a cure for glaucoma and vision loss. For more information, visit www.glaucoma.org as well as the WHO website and the Healthy Living Made Simple article here.

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. What does your company do to promote wellness? 

Monday
Jan122015

Hinda Incentives Announces Acquisition of Universal Rewards Exchange

Two Companies Focused on Supporting Incentive, Recognition, Loyalty

and Engagement Solution Providers Join Forces to Expand the Marketplace

Hinda Incentives has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Universal Rewards Exchange (URE) from Engagement Technology (ET) LLC, as well as a co-marketing agreement with ET’s parent company, Engagement Enterprises LLC, to support incentive, recognition, loyalty and other engagement solution providers with a full suite of state-of-the-art solutions to offer clients of all sizes. 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.

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.

Jim Kilmetis, a co-founder of the Universal Rewards Exchange, will join Hinda full time to head up sales, both for the URE and for Hinda’s full-service solution and other offerings. Says Hinda President Mike Donnelly:  “Few people in the industry better understand the needs of our solution provider partners than Jim; he is dedicated to helping the industry grow, and understands all of the ways rewards, technology and well-designed programs provided by the companies in our value chain network can become a critical part of the success of our partners and their clients.”

As part of the co-marketing agreement, 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 technology is built to support the Engagement framework created by EE’s Enterprise Engagement Alliance curriculum development program.

For a complete article on the acquisition, click here.

Wednesday
Jan072015

CES So Far...

It’s only Day Two of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but Hinda’s merchandise team has already reported back with lots of great pictures and info about the cool new tech they’re seeing on the show floor. Here are just a few of the highlights – in no particular order – with more to come!

 Samsung®’s Galaxy Tab® S display featuring Marvel’s Avengers

 

Relatively new to the US market, TCL has been doing extremely well at Hinda. The company offers affordable price points and its line of Roku TV is hot. Here TCL is showcasing its Curved 4K TVs.

 

Load up your own beverages with the Chill personal soda machine from Hisense.

 

Not just a camera company anymore, Canon® showcases its Connected Home.

 

The Polaroid Fotobar offers “Instant Printification.”

 

Virtual Fitting Solutions from Toshiba

 

Headphones are big at Panasonic®!

 

Crosley®’s old-school booth proves vinyl is popular as ever.

 

Check out our Facebook  page for more images from the show floor at CES!