Merchandise Monday: ‘Cue up the Fun!

The time we’ve all been waiting for his here – barbecue season! June means it’s time to fire up the grill, pop open a cold beverage and invite the friends and family over for some warm-weather fun!

Hinda has everything you need for your big block party, family reunion or graduation celebration. From grills and glassware to speakers and soda makers, stock up now to ensure your barbecue is the one people will be talking about well into next season!

Acu-Rite® Wireless Weather Forecaster/Atomic Clock

Make sure the weather is just right for your next barbecue! The Acu-Rite® Digital Weather Station uses patented self-calibrating technology to provide your personal forecast of 12- to 24-hour weather conditions. Self-calibrating forecasting gives you the most accurate forecast available for your exact location. Find out if you need to rent a tent or if you can let the sun shine!

Brookstone® Australian Beer Glass Set

Enjoy your next tall, cold one in one of these fun, lightweight double-walled glasses. They keep up to 16 ounces of your favorite brew or beverage icy cold longer without breaking a sweat... literally! The Australian Beer Glass features a clever “down under” longneck design guaranteed to turn heads as it helps keep your beer nice and cold. Bust these out at your next party!

Char-Broil Gas™ Four-Burner Gas Grill with Sideburner

Fire up the barbie! This 40,000 BTU cooking system features a 10,000 BTU lidded side burner, porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grate and swing away, electronic push-button ignition, stainless steel lid, handle, control panel and fascias, painted metal side shelves, front panel and a temperature gauge in lid. Grill all your favorites from meat and seafood to veggies and corn on the cob!

Coby® Jammerz MusicBox Bluetooth® Portable Speaker

The Jammerz MusicBox Bluetooth Portable Speaker features a speakerphone function with one-touch answer, easy-to-use built-in USB port for charging, aux 3.5mm input and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Throw Coby® Bluetooth speakers in your bag when music needs extra volume at the beach, barbecue or picnic. Whatever the situation, Coby has a Bluetooth speaker solution for everyone.

Cuisinart® Sparkling Beverage Maker

Save money, save time, save space, save the planet! Do all this and more with the Cuisinart® Sparkling Beverage Maker. This magic machine turns plain water into sparkling water in less than 15 seconds. Add flavorings after you carbonate for delicious homemade sodas. You control the level of carbonation; you control the sweetness. Get ready to enjoy the drinks you love!

Igloo™ Ocean Blue Ice Cube 14-Can Cooler

Whether it's a jam-packed stadium or a quiet bend on a river, carry cold drinks and food with you anywhere. 12-quart capacity can hold up to 14 soda cans. Cube shape produces superior cold retention, and molded corner feet add stability. In the lid, there is a dry compartment for non-perishable goods and accessories. Stay hydrated all summer long!


i.Sound® Ice Crystal Clear Compact Speakers

Cool off this summer with these ultra-portable speakers, which are compatible with most audio devices, including Apple® products, PCs mobile phones and audio devices with a 3.5mm input. Other features include blue LED mood lighting and a durable acrylic construction for a glass-like look and feel. Perfect for taking on the road or bringing out during your next backyard party.

Jarden Margaritaville® Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker™

Keep the party flowing by serving up restaurant-quality frozen concoctions with this unique, easy-to-use appliance.  No more chunks or watery drinks. The Frozen Concoction Maker™ lets you make 36 ounces of your favorite frozen drinks that are as delicious and consistent as the ones you get in a restaurant. You’ll be the life of the party when you bring out this drink master!

Whether you’re celebrating a big graduation, birthday, anniversary or just the arrival of summer itself, a backyard barbecue is the perfect way to get together with loved ones, enjoy delicious food and have some fun. What are you looking forward to celebrating this summer? Tell us all about it in the “Comments” section below!


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Merchandise Monday: A Time to Give – and Receive


While it might have been too early to talk about holiday season in our last redemptions update, that’s all anyone’s talking about now that we’re three days from Thanksgiving – and four days from Black Friday!

Speaking of shopping, let’s take a look at what people redeemed for most in 3rd quarter 2012. Many of the items from Q2 remain top redemptions in Q3, such as the Pyrex®, Wagan®, Titleist®, OXO® and Garmin® items from the first list and the Coby®, Bose® and Keurig® items from the second. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for what people on your holiday list might want.

Top redemptions according to units fulfilled:

  • Pyrex 18-Piece Glass Storage Set with Lids
  • Wagan Battery Jumper With Air Compressor
  • Titleist Pro VI Golf Ball Dozen
  • Royal® 10 Sheet Crosscut Paper Shredder
  • Coby® Compact Progressive Scan DVD Player
  • Luger Analog Bracelet Watch
  • OXO 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
  • Bose® IE2 Audio Headphones
  • Keurig® Special Edition B60 Single-Cup Home Brewing System
  • Garmin nüvi® 30

Top redemptions according to dollar value: 

  • Coby 40" LED HDTV 1080p
  • Apple® iPod Touch® 32GB with FaceTime
  • Apple iPad® 2 16GB Wi-Fi
  • LG Electronics 42" LED 120Hz Smart LED TV
  • Bose QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones with Remote and Microphone Accessory
  • HP Notebook PC Bundle
  • Keurig Special Edition B60 Single-Cup Home Brewing System
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch 2.3GHz 320GB Serial ATA Drive
  • Kindle Fire 7" Multi-Touch Wi-Fi
  • Garmin nüvi® 30

 Happy Thanksgiving week and happy shopping!

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Merchandise Monday: The Road to Redemption


Wow, where does the time go? We’re already well into the third quarter of 2012, which means it’s time for an update on redemptions from Q2! As with Q1, people love their gadgets. Apple® was a huge redeemer with the launch of the New iPad®, and Nikon® wasn’t far behind with its popular Coolpix® digital camera.

Another popular redemption category that aligns with Q1 is Home and Housewares. People are still redeeming quite a bit for coffeemakers and cooking utensils. Overall, redemption categories remained relatively steady from Q1 to Q2. Let’s see how that will change as we move into the later months. What will holiday season bring? (We know, it’s waaay to early to even think about it!)

Top redemptions according to units fulfilled:

  • Pyrex® 18-Piece Glass Storage Set with Lids
  • Wagan® Battery Jumper With Air  Compressor
  • Apple iPod classic® 160GB Black    
  • Titleist® Pro VI Golf Ball Dozen       
  • Nikon Coolpix 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Zoom
  • Apple New iPad 64GB for Verizon
  • Apple iPod Touch® 8GB with FaceTime
  • Keurig® Special Edition B60 Single-Cup
  • OXO® 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
  • Garmin® nüvi® 30                   

 Top redemptions according to dollar value:

  • Apple New iPad 64GB for Verizon 
  • Apple iPod classic 160GB Black    
  • Apple iPod Touch 8GB with FaceTime
  • Nikon Coolpix 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Zoom
  • Keurig Special Edition B60 Single-Cup
  • Garmin nüvi 30                   
  • Bounty Hunter® Tracker IV™ Metal Detector    
  • Coby® 40" LED HDTV 1080p           
  • Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones
  • Wagan Battery Jumper With Air Compressor  


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To Redeem, or Not to Redeem…

Depending on how you look at it, 2012 is either one-third empty or two-thirds full. We don’t know where the time goes, either, but what we do know is that a lot has happened in the first quarter – specifically in the area of award redemption and fulfillment. Recently, Hinda had a meeting to discuss redemptions so far this year, and it’s interesting to see what people have been redeeming for since January.

As expected, many of these redemptions fall into the “Electronics” category. This shows no sign of slowing down. People love their gadgets, and with new versions and varieties coming out all the time, people like to stay up to date. Another popular redemption category is “Home,” with many people redeeming for items such as coffeemakers and cookware. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, this is a trend we see in this particular economy, as people cut back on dining out and trips to trendy coffee bars.

Here we present the top ten redemptions according to dollar value. This is where most of the gadgety stuff comes in to play:

  • Apple® iPad® 2
  • Apple iPod® Touch
  • Amazon Kindle Fire 7" Multi-Touch Wi-Fi
  • Keurig® Special Edition B60 Single-Cup Home Brewing System
  • HP® 15.6" Notebook Computer
  • Coby® 19" Wide Screen LCD HDTV
  • Nikon Coolpix® S6100 16MP Digital Camera with 7x Zoom
  • Coby 32" HDTV LCD 1080p 120Hz
  • Microsoft Xbox 360® 250GB Bundle
  • Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones 

This list outlines Hinda’s top redeemers according to units fulfilled. Much of this list contains the home and housewares redemptions:

  • World Kitchen® 18-Piece Glass Storage Set with Lids
  • Wagan® Battery Jumper With Air Compressor
  • Royal Consumer 10-Sheet Crosscut Paper Shredder
  • Titleist® Pro VI Golf Ball Dozen
  • Apple iPod Touch® 8GB with FaceTime (Black)
  • Lipper Bamboo Thin Cutting Boards
  • Conair® Weight Watchers® Body Analysis Scale
  • Dirt Devil®  Swift Stick Vacuum
  • Coby Dual USB Car Charger for iPod® And Other USB Powered Devices
  • Black and Decker® Six-Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer

It’s kind of cool to see what people have been saving up their points for, and it will be interesting to see how these lists change – or if they change – as we move into the rest of 2012. Keep your radar tuned to Hinda Blog for more updates in the future!

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2011 Golden Carrot Award Winners

Coby Electronics Corporation and Ingram Entertainment Inc. were selected as this year’s Golden Carrot Award winners by demonstrating a solid commitment to providing innovation, service and cutting-edge products to the incentive market. They were presented with their award during a ceremony at Hinda’s headquarters in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Hinda’s Golden Carrot Award honors supplier partners who have consistently demonstrated dedication to the field of incentives. Dave Peer, Executive Vice President of Hinda, shared the following on this year's award recipients.

"Ingram Entertainment has been a key partner in the launch of our infinitE® award offer with the thousands of SKU's they add to our assortment. We are so pleased to be working with them as we launch this expanded offer." Peer continues, "Coby has proven to be one of the emerging brands in the consumer electronics industry and we are very happy to be working with them. They have provided great support to us and we know we can rely on them to respond and perform, as top tier suppliers do. We are pleased to recognize both Ingram and Coby with Golden Carrot Awards."

Jeffrey Beck, Director of Interactive Media Sales for Ingram Entertainment, accepted the Golden Carrot on behalf of his company, while Craig Hassler, Director of Sales, accepted the award on behalf of Coby Electronics Corp. 

Selection for the Golden Carrot Award is highly competitive. The extensive list of criteria for winning suppliers include innovation, high quality products, timeliness of deliveries, prompt follow-up, the ability to provide updated product information and reliability, among others.

Rick Bowen (L), Merchandise Manager, and Dave Peer (R), Executive Vice President, stand with representatives from Ingram Entertainment Inc.

Rick Bowen (L), Merchandise Manager and Dave Peer (R), Executive Vice President, stand with representatives from Coby Electronics Corporation.


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