Monthly Archives: March 2015

VaporFi Express: A Different Kind of Store

VaporFi ExpressOne of the many options that lies in working with IVG brand VaporFi are the VaporFi Express locations. This concept is highly innovative (think: the Apple of e-cigarettes), as it enables stores to have the best of the best VaporFi products, in a scaled down format for accessibility. Are you considering adding this sought-after e-cigarette brand to your store? A VaporFi Express may be the perfect setup for you!

VaporFi Express offers a “store-within-a-store” location, and they basically offer the best of both worlds in a retail endeavor. They feature a unique display, equipped exclusively with the most successful VaporFi products and the most popular e-liquid blends, and can be set up within a variety of different stores. While these locations do not feature a vapor bar or custom blending like standard VaporFi locations, they do offer a full range of the brand’s top selling items. These “express” stations give retailers the ability to expand in a new direction, carrying a full selection of a top brand, in a very convenient manner.

Express locations equip retailers with an excellent product lineup, catering to a more discerning clientele, without having to commit to a full-scale VaporFi franchise. As we all know, the vast majority of electronic cigarette brands, particularly those carried in gas stations and convenience stores are typically not of the best quality. VaporFi Express stores can fit effortlessly well into a variety of other locations, availing the reach of the VaporFi name, drawing in customers who want  products of this caliber, in a very simple, easy, and affordable manner.

This is one of the most popular options in working with this exciting, innovative brand in e-cigarettes. Currently there are more than 20 VaporFi Express locations, located throughout the United States as well as internationally, with locations in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Peru, with more slated for opening in the near future.

Like any venture with VaporFi and IVG, you can expect full support from an established management team as we execute the details. So if this sounds like the right fit for you, please don’t be shy about contacting us, or you can APPLY HERE now!

South Beach Smoke Wholesale

South Beach Smoke ProductsIf you are in the market for a solid electronic cigarette brand to carry in your store, be it a gas station, a convenience store, a drug store, an electronic cigarette shop, or any type of retail setup that offers such products, South Beach Smoke is the brand for all of your needs. This brand has gained much acclaim, fame, and loyalty over the past 5 years, and only continues to grow with the ever-changing market. Here are some of the reasons this is the only e-cigarette brand to carry.

Recognizable

This is a brand known for it’s image, style, quality, and offerings that appeal to those who want variety. It’s exciting all around. Selling a brand that is known and customers can identify with offers greater ability to sell.

Quality

The foundation principle, quality is a given in all South Beach Smoke products, and customers have come to know them for it. Carrying brands that are high-quality is one of the best things you can do for your retail selection; customers are more likely to return for additional and repeat purchases if they know they are getting the same great standards.

Variety

There is so much variety with this brand it’s hard to know where to begin. They encompass the whole spectrum of the e-cigarettes, with offerings that range from basic to superiorly advanced, and just about everything in between. They carry cartridges for e-cigarettes and a vast multitude of e-liquids. Accessories range from necessities to novelties, and cover all ground.

Price

Affordable is what most people are after, and they are all about keeping it fair. South Beach Smoke is loved by many for their awesome options, great quality, all at a great price. Too many times, consumers and retailers are dissuaded from a number of brands due to their high prices. South Beach Smoke offers an economical track into the world of e-cigarettes, with endless options to satisfy any retail selection you’re aiming to curate.

Interested in working with this exciting brand? Feel free to contact us to establish a dialogue!

E-Cigarettes and Evidence-Based Research

Evidence Based E-Cigarette ResearchOne of the things we are happy this industry is seeing a lot of these days is evidence-based research. It can be confounding that studies such as the unfairly biased, seriously erroneous item published in the New England Journal of Medicine could have been released so inconclusively by a major and reputable publication, however to the benefit of the industry, and everyone involved, there is plenty of other research emerging, from trusted sources, with all the facts included.

It can be very frustrating to a movement such as the e-cigarette industry, when misconstrued reports, half-truths, and twisted facts are published as truth. We want the truth, as do the millions of people who use these products, as well as the millions of other smokers who are interested yet waiting for more research and evidence.

Luckily, there have been several excellent recent studies that dispel many of the common myths of electronic cigarettes, while debunking some of the fraudulent truth-bending, and helping to promote the need for more evidence-based research.

One of the best examples of such is a 2014 study that included 1300 college students in America. Its purpose was to examine the myth of electronic cigarettes being touted as a gateway to smoking. It’s findings? That e-cigarettes do not lead to traditional cigarette usage.

Another great example is a study published by Oxford Journal, that examined exactly what could be found in secondhand vapor. The study was conducted by 6 doctors performing a variety of different tests to obtain their data. The results concluded that some nicotine was present (in trace amounts, precisely), however there were no combustible toxins.

In addition, there have been many other studies published, as well as those in the works, aiming to make clear how electronic cigarettes affect the body, especially in regard to the heart and lungs. One recent study done by The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that vaping does not affect the heart. Another study done by researchers in Greece found that e-cigarettes did not negatively affect the lungs either.

So what this means for the e-cigarette industry, is that while these studies may be coming slowly, and research may be in its infancy, evidence is emerging in favor of e-cigarettes and proving the negative speculation wrong.

How Have E-Cigarettes Changed the Smoking Landscape?

e-cigarettesIn a relatively short time, electronic cigarettes have done a feat that many consider to be revolutionary. They were introduced at a pivotal moment, when globally, smokers as well as the general public, began looking for alternatives to unhealthy habits. E-cigarettes came at a time when people were hungry for options, and becoming fearful of the future if they continued to maintain their destructive ways. Here are the factors that have set the tone for the e-cigarette industry to prosper.

Changing Mindset

Less youth start smoking every year, and trends have shown more teens making an effort to stop smoking. Along these same lines, more adults are also looking to quit the habit, instead of stubbornly assuming they have no choice but to remain tobacco smokers their whole lives. More and more people, regardless of age are concerned with their health and making intelligent decisions to benefit their long term health, and electronic cigarettes have enabled many to change their ways from tobacco to electronic smoking.

More in Line with the Digital Age

The digital age has made digitizing every aspect of life in sync; why store files on discs, CD’s, or hard copies anymore when you’ve got the cloud and the option of remote storage? Streamlining everything has become the norm, and electronic cigarettes fit this lifestyle way better than old school cigarettes. In fact, cigarettes seem rather synonymous with the old Marlboro icons of cowboys on horses in the Wild West, pre-industrial revolution. Why smoke when you can have so much more with vaping? There’s a reason those images are more fitting of a bygone era.

Options, Endless Options

Today’s customer is hard to please and wants options. The digital age and the advent of internet shopping has enabled everyone to get exactly what they want, when they want it; without compromise. E-cigarettes are part of this equation, offering the features smokers want, in whatever format they want, at better prices.

Every so often, something comes along and changes the way things have always been done. No, it cannot be predicted, but that lightbulb moment of change and progression is what propels all major movements. It’s amazing to see what the electronic cigarette has done for smokers.

Regulation that Makes Sense

E-Cigarette RegulationsThe subject of electronic cigarette regulations is a common topic of discussion, debate, and rumor. While there are endless conflicting opinions, the FDA has been slow to make judgements and formally put most rules into play as there still remains a lack of firm evidence to choose a side. However, as positive as the response has been to these products from the public, and with little evidence to side with those who claim they are fully negative, it is a positive sign that we are beginning to see a rise in regulations that make sense and are in favor of e-cigarette usage. The most recent is coming from Washington State, where lawmakers are imposing a rule requiring electronic cigarette companies to sell their liquids with child-proof caps.

We are definitely in support of this, and are quite pleased. Child safety has long been a concern of the e-cigarette industry, and those on the outside looking in. One of the biggest concerns has always been keeping nicotine e-liquids out of the hands of children, and a rule such as this one aims to keep children safe, while still enabling adult users to have their liquids. It allows for more peace of mind, and less worry over accidents occurring. While nicotine is absolutely safe for inhalation and proper usage by adults, it can be toxic if ingested or harmful if it comes directly in contact with the skin.

Our brand VaporFi is firmly on board with this type of regulation because simply, it makes sense. As we are completely against our products being used by minors and those underage, adding an additional measure to keep children safe and our products out of the hands of those who should not be handling them is a very good thing that can seriously do no harm.

As the industry progresses and we continue to see electronic cigarette products being used more and more regularly, we are happy to see smart, intelligent regulations being implemented alongside. This adds to the credibility of the industry, and adds to the safe use of these innovative, life changing products.

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing an E-Cigarette Wholesaler

E-Cigarette Manufacturing and distributionIf you are looking to become an e-cigarette distributor, are looking for better brands if you are already an established distributor, or want to add new products and brands to your current selection, here are some things to keep in mind. As it is well known, the e-cigarette industry has exploded in recent years, and the amount of electronic cigarette companies in existence is abundant, so here are some pointers when it comes to choosing which companies you work with.

  1. Research e-cigarette wholesale brands thoroughly. Scanning the internet to see what brands are popular is just the beginning; you need to know all the background info on brands you decide to build business relationships with. Find out what their customers have to say about them, find out if the Better Business Bureau has anything on them, find out how long they’ve been in business, browse their social media pages.

  2. Consider quality factors such as their products, selection, and how well-made things seem. Electronic cigarette manufacturing is of huge concern, and a company that manufactures their own products has total control and information on all of the parts and details. Also to consider is their e-liquid. Is it made in the USA? This is a big factor as it can determine how solid their quality truly is, as USA-made e-liquid is generally fresher/ more pure than imported varieties.

  3. Begin a relationship with them by reaching out. Call and email them to discuss matters. See how they respond, examine their communication skills, really get a personal feel for them. Are you greeted by a representative so that you have a directly contact for info, orders, and issues?

  4. How experienced are they? Is this a brand you feel is capable of handling your wholesale needs?

  5. Consider their minimum: Is it in accordance with your budget? Does it seem within reason?

  6. Shop around; how else will you know how a particular brand stacks up to competitors without comparison?

While we strive to be the best in this industry, we are also quite selective in those we choose to partner with. Our products stand for quality, and we aim to work with those who maintain a similar edge. Hopefully, you’ve found these tips helpful, and if you feel you’d be a good fit for carrying our products in your location, feel free to contact us!

Benefits of Franchising

VaporFi FranchseAre you considering getting into the electronic cigarette industry? Have you considered the possibilities that lie ahead in working with VaporFi to franchise your own location? Here is a look at the many pros of jumping in with the safety net of an experienced, successful brand.

Franchising in the e-cigarette industry offers many benefits, giving franchisees and franchisors exceptional profitability without a great deal of risk. The franchisor benefits from being able to expand without the high expense of overhead that comes with distribution, marketing, and being liable. While the franchisee benefits from being able to embark on a business with an established name and reputation. Here are some of the benefits of franchising, and why it makes perfect sense to use this method of starting a business.

Risk Reduction: Profitability from a franchise can typically be expected much faster than starting a business from scratch because a lot of the steps and work have been done already. Getting this type of business started is usually faster, and therefore it can start yielding money quicker.

Improved Management: One of the biggest downfalls to small businesses is a lack of solid management, however with franchising, especially with IVG, you get an excellent management team at your side.

Less Overhead Costs: Being part of a huge company includes great savings and lower costs because you are able to capitalize on bulk goods from suppliers, and do not have to be concerned over trying to get the lowest prices for what you need.

Automatic Clientele: Customers will recognize the brand instantly, trusting and knowing what they’ll be getting right off the bat.

VaporFi is one of the quickest growing e-cigarette brands in the industry, and their success did not come by chance. The brand is backed by a team of experienced professionals, who have watched this industry prosper while playing a major role in its innovative evolution. In a relatively short time, this brand has emerged as one of the most popular brands in the industry, known for their quality, selection, and wide range of exciting products. If you are considering starting a venture in this industry, VaporFi is one of the fastest tracks to success. Want to know more about how to get this started? Give us a call, we’d love to discuss the many possibilities that can benefit us both!

Big Pharma Can’t Handle the E-Cig

electronic cigaretteWith the popularity of electronic cigarettes ever so steadily growing and outpacing traditional cigarette usage, it goes as no surprise that Big Pharma doesn’t know how to deal with the changing climate. Electronic cigarettes, and all products of this niche market are not cessation devices, they are considered to be alternative, smoke-free, tar-free, odorless options, however they are filling the void smokers have when faced with the conventional options. So is this really about the health of the general public and smokers, or is about the money?

Recently, a report came out, stating that Big Pharma was having a rather difficult time adjusting to the changes that have been occurring as a result of cigarette smokers taking it into their own hands on how to deal with their tobacco habits. Instead of going the route advocated by Big Pharma (aka the drug companies), and using their endorsed cessation aids by the likes of gums and nicotine patches, users have opted for the alternative in alternative cigarettes, and totally bypassing the actual cessation products. This breaking away from conventional wisdom and following the herd, doing as the drug companies tell you to do, is showing where the general public is at presently. People, smokers and otherwise, are not willing to blindly take advice any longer without their own investigating behind it. They are not so willing to just follow orders and do as they’re told without any knowledge on the subject.

They are willing however, to use common sense to make decisions for themselves. They are able to put 2-and-2 together, make conclusions, and experiment to find out what works for them. While they may be told a whole lot of rhetoric on electronic cigarettes not being regulated, not knowing what’s in them, and all sorts of other propaganda, the modern smoker knows how to read between the lines. They are willing to learn, and are not going to take every statement at face value.

So with this current speculation that the real antagonist isn’t actually Big Tobacco, and in reality, it’s Big Pharma, who spends more on lobbying than any other source, it’s wise for consumers and everyone in this industry to take a close look at how strings are getting pulled.

IVG brands of electronic cigarettes are not endorsed, nor promoted as cessation devices, and we are more than happy to consider them as alternatives to the traditional, both in regards to cigarettes and cessation products. It’s great to see that the modern smoker is embracing alternatives, understanding their health and their options are not one-way streets, and we are happy, more than ever to be a part of such an innovative, game-changing industry!