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4.15.2014

The Wall Street Journal: Retailers Snap Cold Streak

Cellairis was featured in The Wall Street Journal regarding the surge in retail sales. Source: The Wall Street Journal Pin ItCellairis was featured in The Wall Street Journal regarding the surge in retail sales.Wall Street JournalSource: The Wall Street Journal
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4.14.2014

WSJ.com: Retail Sales Surge as Consumers Rev Up Growth

Indicator Posts Best Monthly Growth Since September 2012 By: ERIC MORATH Strong sales at U.S. retailers in March offered fresh evidence of the economy thawing out after a winter freeze. Retail sales advanced 1.1% in March from the prior month, the best gain in a year and a half, the Commerce Department said Monday. The improvement, […]

Indicator Posts Best Monthly Growth Since September 2012

By: ERIC MORATH

Strong sales at U.S. retailers in March offered fresh evidence of the economy thawing out after a winter freeze.Retail sales advanced 1.1% in March from the prior month, the best gain in a year and a half, the Commerce Department said Monday. The improvement, along with an upward revision of February's sales to a 0.7% gain, served as confirmation of shoppers shaking off the winter blues that led sales to plunge in December and January."The linchpin of economic growth, the consumer, is back," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.Still, the March gain pushed first-quarter retail sales only barely above the fourth-quarter level. That left open the question of whether the March figures signal a sustained period of stronger gains, or just the latest turn in a choppy economy. The gyrations, so far, have averaged out to a middling growth pace of just above 2% annually since recovery began almost five years ago.Still, the March gain pushed first-quarter retail sales only barely above the fourth-quarter level. That left open the question of whether the March figures signal a sustained period of stronger gains, or just the latest turn in a choppy economy. The gyrations, so far, have averaged out to a middling growth pace of just above 2% annually since recovery began almost five years ago.wall street journalFor the economy to kick into a higher gear, retail sales growth would likely need to stay near the pace of the past two months rather than the 0.4% average monthly gain recorded the past four years.Some retailers are maintaining hope for such a breakout. Increased foot traffic has led to improving year-over-year sales for Cellairis Franchise Inc. The Alpharetta, Ga., company sells jeweled iPhone cases, Bluetooth headsets and other products at about 700 mall kiosks and similar locations nationwide."Mall traffic is improving and that's important because we're part of a package that includes a trip to the department store, the AT&T store or the Apple store," Cellairis Vice President James Thornton said. "The further we get into 2014, the more consumer confidence seems to improve."Other recent data also suggest the economy is perking up. The pace of hiring rebounded in March and factory activity improved. Consumer sentiment in April reached the highest mark since July, according to a Thomson-Reuters/University of Michigan survey.Monday's report showed broad-based improvement in retail sales. Consumers spent more at big-box stores, in restaurants and on the Internet. Outlays at building and gardening suppliers rose 1.8% from February. Furniture-store sales were up 1%.Cold, snowy weather had made it more difficult for people to work outside during the winter months. But it also has caused damage that needs to be repaired, said TJ Comstock, owner of Northwest Hardware LLC, a chain of five hardware stores in Montana. Sales have been increasing steadily in recent months. "You get the big snowstorms, and that's good for our industry," he said. "Things break when it gets really cold."The rebound could be a positive sign for the housing sector. Sales of existing homes have trended down since July, hurt by rising interest rates on mortgage loans, and more recently by frigid weather."The prior weakness in furniture and building-material sales suggests that the slowing in housing had retail spillovers," said J.P. Morgan Chase economist Michael Feroli. "Encouragingly, both those categories posted good gains last month, perhaps indicating that we're coming out of the housing soft patch."Auto sales rose 3.4% from the previous month to lead the overall gain. The figures for cars and home products likely reflect demand pent-up in the economy during the winter, said Navy Federal Credit Union economist Alan MacEachin. Those categories should have strong readings the next few months, but are unlikely to maintain the March pace for most of the year."We're in a solid expansionary period," he said, but "I don't see the fundamentals in the economy for anything north of 3% growth on a sustained basis." Rising energy and food prices and a tighter labor market are impediments to growth for a recovery that "is getting a little old," Mr. MacEachin said.Forecasters at Macroeconomic Advisers project growth in U.S. gross domestic product will slow sharply in the first quarter to a 0.5% pace. But the firm anticipates second-quarter growth to blast ahead to a 3.8% rate. Still, that averages to 2.2% pace of growth in the year's first half. The Commerce Department will release its initial read of first-quarter GDP later this month.Marilyn Winter, 72 years old, sees reason to be optimistic. Tourists are again filling restaurants near her home in Phoenix and the stands were packed for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres spring-training baseball games she attended recently."I feel the economy is coming back—maybe not as fast as some would like—but it's coming back," she said. "A slow improvement isn't a bad thing. We maybe grew too quickly before," noting the boom-and-bust housing market in Arizona.—Ben Leubsdorf contributed to this article.Write to Eric Morath at eric.morath@wsj.comSource: WSJ.com
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4.4.2014

We Blog the World: Paying Attention to Global Culture & What Matters

As more businesses look to expand globally, it’s no surprise that high-level executives are increasingly interested in building the skills necessary for scaling companies on an international level. However, while most business leaders are savvy enough to know the importance of following corporate protocols, many fail to realize that knowing and adhering to local cultural […]we blog the worldAs more businesses look to expand globally, it’s no surprise that high-level executives are increasingly interested in building the skills necessary for scaling companies on an international level. However, while most business leaders are savvy enough to know the importance of following corporate protocols, many fail to realize that knowing and adhering to local cultural expectations can be equally vital to the bottom line of a growing organization.A recent article in Business News Daily profiles the international expansion of mobile accessories company, Cellairis, which is now opening locations in Jamaica, Mexico, Chile, the UK, and the UAE. CEO and co-founder, Taki Skouras describes his three recommended tactics for international success.1. Researching the markets, opportunities and threats.2. Having a dedicated team solely focused on international growth.3. Staffing with bilingual employees and translators.There’s no doubt Skouras’ advice is valid but something that he (or the article) doesn’t mention is how important it is to be culturally savvy before embarking on international expansion. Cultural agility is often overlooked when talking about global business practices.Here are just five of our tips for working across cultures.1. Learn as much as you can about the countries and cultures you’re working with. Focus on the societies’ cultural norms before you travel or meet with local colleagues, clients or partners. Understand how those norms play a role in the workplace and how you can create an action plan that will allow you to put your best foot forward.2. Look before you leap. Initially, take a step back and observe how people interact with each other — making no impression is better than making the wrong one.3. Identify the differences you observe. Compare how the behaviors you observe differ from the ones you expect, and leverage the behaviors you have in common to form strong relationships.4. Avoid value judgments. There is no right or wrong approach when it comes to cultural norms. Take the perspective of your counterparts to understand how their world has shaped the way they approach business in order to start bridging differences.5.Stay true to yourself. Remember that you don’t need to change your values or beliefs to do business globally, but you do need to employ a fair amount of empathy to be effective in the local context. Have you ever underestimated the impact of culture? Based on your experience, what strategies for working interculturally have worked best for you?Source: We Blog the World
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lifestyle.

4.16.2014

Prom 2014

High school prom- a magical night to remember. Prom is filled with gorgeous dresses, well-dressed dates, fancy limo rides, and a red carpet to boot; it is the night that makes you feel utterly glamorous! Year after year trends change. Some trends go out of style for 20 years and then make a come back! […]High school prom- a magical night to remember.Prom is filled with gorgeous dresses, well-dressed dates, fancy limo rides, and a red carpet to boot; it is the night that makes you feel utterly glamorous! Year after year trends change. Some trends go out of style for 20 years and then make a come back! Some trends may not even make it on the racks two years in a row. But there is one trend that is here to stay: sparkles!Besides the prom ticket, what is the one thing that a girl is going to carry in her cute little clutch? Her phone! Feel like Cinderella all the way down to your phone with DeBari. With several styles and colors to match your gown this year, you can techcessorize in style.Check out this group of beautiful girls headed off to prom in style!

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4.7.2014

Live to Give: Shop Now to Make a Difference

Did you know that autism affects 1 in 68 children and that autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average? Did you also know that there is no medical detection or cure for autism? We are so excited to partner with Autism Speaks and help find a cure for autism. How can we do […]Did you know that autism affects 1 in 68 children and that autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average? Did you also know that there is no medical detection or cure for autism?We are so excited to partner with Autism Speaks and help find a cure for autism. How can we do this? With the help of YOU! Today only, 100% of the proceeds of any online purchase at cellairis.com will be donated directly to Autism Speaks! So get to shopping and help give back; Live To Give.And don't forget to check out our Autism Speaks collection here so you can Light It Up Blue today and everyday!

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4.1.2014

April Fools’ Day Pranks

It’s that time of year again, APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! We love hearing about amazing pranks. Whether it is wrapping your coworker’s desk AND every single item in tin foil, launching a pretend product, or just a simple scare, we love it all. Tell us your best prank and have a laugh seeing one of our […]It's that time of year again, APRIL FOOLS' DAY! We love hearing about amazing pranks. Whether it is wrapping your coworker's desk AND every single item in tin foil, launching a pretend product, or just a simple scare, we love it all. Tell us your best prank and have a laugh seeing one of our own get scared. Happy pranking!
 What is the best prank you've ever pulled or that someone has pulled on you?
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4.15.2014

Coming Soon: Protection, Innovation, Beauty

Along with the new look of Cellairis, introduced back in January, we have also completely refreshed, designed, and engineered our entire product portfolio. We are committed to growing with the industry and you.  In conjunction with our growth and discovery, we have identified some solutions to everyday lifestyle and mobile device tensions. We are excited […]Along with the new look of Cellairis, introduced back in January, we have also completely refreshed, designed, and engineered our entire product portfolio. We are committed to growing with the industry and you.  In conjunction with our growth and discovery, we have identified some solutions to everyday lifestyle and mobile device tensions. We are excited to help solve these tensions by launching new products and services throughout 2014. Here's a sneak peek:Tension #1: Protection has to be bulkyWe are tired of these large, bulky phone cases. Do they protect your phone? Sure. But do they fit your lifestyle? You've said no and we agree.

Solution: We have the answer to all of your ultimate protection needs with the upcoming launch of the Paladin. Constructed for durability, designed for individuality. Paladin is our ultimate protection case with a built-in screen protector in a slim, one-piece design. We know, we know, you want to know the actual specs.... wait for our official launch of this case and you will see; numbers don't lie! This is sleek + protection at its best.

If you are aren't fully committed to total protection but know that scratched up devices aren't your thing, then the Trilogy cases are calling your name. These cases are fused together using three materials to create a stunning, one-piece case with a slim design allowing you to easily stash it in a pocket or clutch. Simply protection. Shop Now.

[caption id="attachment_8351" align="alignleft" ]Trilogy-iPhone5 Trilogy[/caption][caption id="attachment_8347" align="alignleft" ]Paladin-iPhone5 Paladin[/caption]         Tension #2: Boring and dull accessoriesYou wake up, throw on a nice outfit, and are ready for the day. You pick up your printed backpack or stylish clutch and throw in your phone accessorized with a plain, unattractive case. Seriously, you call that accessorizing? Why ruin your entire outfit when you can enhance your look with an eye-catching, personal accessory?

Solution: Match your phone case to your outfit and your personality. Some of you may not care about a super protective case and it only makes sense that your case matches who YOU are. Our DeBari collection houses the right choice for you. The Crystaria cases (formerly known as DeBari) and the Sterlyn line offer many design and style options to make your individuality pop. Crystaria cases can add the right amount of sparkle to any outfit with new designs and colors to choose from.

Sterlyn combines high quality materials and embellishments for a truly unique look. With so many options, these looks can match your personal style, whatever that may be. Techcessorize with DeBari.

[caption id="attachment_8348" align="alignleft" ]DeBari-Crystaria-iPhone5 Crystaria (formerly known as DeBari)[/caption][caption id="attachment_8349" align="alignleft" ]DeBari-Sterlyn-iPhone5 Sterlyn[/caption]         Tension #3: The need for sophisticationSo you are worldly and modern. What's the problem? Absolutely nothing. However, your flimsy, plastic phone case IS a problem. We are committed to designing accessories for all types of lifestyles and budgets. Affordable luxury for your phone is here.

Solution: Our solution comes in the form of materials. The world around us is a constant source of beauty and inspiration. Matter allows us to take the physical world that is so often overlooked and reinvent it into something bold, alluring, and unforgettable. This line features a wide variety of materials and styles including faux animal skin and fur, wood, and cork. Touch it, see it, feel it with Matter.

Our Bespoke collection uses exquisite materials as well, such as leather and suede, but with added utility or function.  These items cover the entire device and some are even designed with additional features like slots for credit cards, ID, and cash. Bespoke comes in a wide variety of materials with many unique form factors to choose from. Fashion meets function.

[caption id="attachment_8352" align="alignleft" ]Matter-Iphone5 Matter[/caption][caption id="attachment_8724" align="alignleft" ]bespoke Bespoke[/caption]         Look out for these exciting new lines coming soon! 
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4.11.2014

Now Available: Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has finally been released and we’ve got you covered. We have a variety of cases to protect your precious, new Galaxy S5! Shop Now. Which of our Samsung Galaxy S5 cases is your favorite? Pin ItThe Samsung Galaxy S5 has finally been released and we've got you covered. We have a variety of cases to protect your precious, new Galaxy S5! Shop Now.Now-Available-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-CasesWhich of our Samsung Galaxy S5 cases is your favorite?
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4.8.2014

Now Available – Trilogy

It all started when we listened – to you.  And you were right; protection doesn’t have to be bulky. But “the what?” is easy to answer.  “The how?” Well, that’s a different story.  Introducing our newest answer to slim, simply protection phone cases; Trilogy. Trilogy is the fusion of three materials to create a stunning, one-piece […]It all started when we listened - to you.  And you were right; protection doesn't have to be bulky. But "the what?" is easy to answer.  "The how?" Well, that's a different story.  Introducing our newest answer to slim, simply protection phone cases; Trilogy. Trilogy is the fusion of three materials to create a stunning, one-piece case with a slim design. It's time, friends - leave the bulk behind.

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Which Trilogy case will you choose for protection of your iPhone 5/5s?
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