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The Industry is Booming; Get In With a Franchise

VaporFi FranchisingThe electronic cigarette/ vapor industry has been booming every year, and growing exponentially. It has become a billion dollar industry, with immense innovation, prospects, and developments that are happening at a seemingly almost daily rate. In fact every year turns over new discoveries, new advancements, and new sub-niches, which have enabled consumers to achieve a greater sense of satisfaction, as well as have their needs met in the most comfortable way possible.

So what does this mean for you on a business level? Well, if you’ve thought about branching out in an entrepreneurial way, have thought of owning your own vapor business, or have considered getting into the vapor industry due to the rapid growth, there is no better time than right now to do so. This industry is incredible, and it’s only getting bigger.

One of the best ins into this industry, if you are not already aware, is with a VaporFi franchise. Are you intrigued, yet?

VaporFi is well-respected, highly-recognized name, with a track history of great performance. This model has been constructed, fine-tuned, and perfected for excellent returns. Available in several different setups, and able to meet a variety of different needs, this brand was made for expansion. Currently set up throughout the continental US, and throughout several locations internationally, VaporFi is on the move.

A VaporFi franchise would enable you to be your own boss, with a fully-established time-tested brand and a low-overhead setup cost. Instead of going it alone, you’ll be backed by one of the vapor industry’s most trusted names, and among the very best quality in products and e-liquids. VaporFi has done the work in branding, research, development, and manufacturing; as well as creating a state of the art Point-of-Sale (POS) system for detailed inventory management.

Want to know how to start what could be the beginnings of a beautiful business relationship with us, and be on your way to vapor business ownership with VaporFi? The first step is to apply!

What to Know Before Embarking on an E-Cigarette Startup

e-cigarette startup infoIf you are looking to open up an e-cigarette retail venture or are in the process of implementing electronic cigarettes into your inventory, here is some useful info that can help you along the way. As one of the fastest growing niche markets out there, electronic cigarettes are an excellent entrepreneurial direction. Here are some of the basics to help you along the way with your e-cigarette startup.

Whether you’re opening your own store, adding select brands to your current location, or are going the franchise route with a brand such as VaporFi, the options are very much limitless. So limitless in fact, it can seem rather overwhelming to find the most reputable companies to work with amongst the masses.

Step One: Research

When researching brands to potentially work with, you want to research their history and reputation extensively and thoroughly. Check with the better Business Bureau, to see what kind of information has been provided. It’s also smart to contact the company yourself, via email and/or calling, to get a feel for how they present themselves. Professionalism, courtesy, a high level of customer service, and absolute knowledge on the products and company are especially important factors.

Step Two: Research Products.

Finding a brand that resonates and correlates to your business is essential, however just as important are the products they sell. In the e-cigarette market there is such a large variety of different products with an incredible range of quality. How marketable these products are, and how much customer demand there is are things to keep in mind. Key items to have in a brand: USA made liquids, a wide variety of e-cigarette styles, and a large selection of flavors and nicotine strengths.

One key factor in distinguishing brand worth carrying, is how forthcoming they are about their ingredients. Any brand that is not straightforward or enthusiastic about what’s in there of the liquids, should be automatically be a no-go. More and more users are discerning about their products, and most know that quality comes from using the very best standards, ingredients, and ratios. Users are looking for performance, and safety so brand’s that are disclosing what they’re using are more likely to attract customers.

Creating a professional relationship with a brand is an obviously big decision, don’t jump in headfirst without some background info. For startup  e-cigarette retail ventures, we can’t recommend our brand VaporFi enough. Offering a wide variety of different options for vapor cig franchising, this brand’s solid reputation for top-of-the-line quality and selection has attracted customers all over the world. If you’d like to know more about working with IVG, in a business-to-business relationship, feel free to contact us to get the ball rolling.

Research and Development

e-cigarette business research home pageAs far as electronic cigarette businesses go, we have a serious dedication to producing our products from all of our brands according to the latest research, innovations, and developments in the industry. As a cutting edge industry based on technology and innovation, it is of most importance to our customers that we remain ahead of the game. E-cigarette, vaporizer, and e-liquid quality remains one of the hottest topics in the industry, e-cigarette users demand the best.

We feel this is one of the key factors that enables us to lead the industry. We are always looking to advance and expand, because we know technology changes daily and it is the absolute core of our industry. It’s essential to this business, and precisely what customers are looking for.

We know that innovation is integral to every part and every level of our business. Not only when it comes to products but also how our products are made, our standards, and the mindsets of everyone at IVG. Electronic cigarette consumers are among the most educated consumers. They know what they are looking for, and they know what goes into the technology. Brands that aim to get things past these customers are obviously not seeking the hardcore enthusiasts.

Development and design is major when it comes to electronic cigarettes because they bridge technology with smoking, resulting in a clean, smoke-free, tar-free, tobacco-free way to have nicotine. And as an extremely competitive market, we know that staying ahead is one of the keys to our success. In doing so, we have amassed great followings, and have been able to grow our e-cig and vaporizers businesses as a result.

Manufacturing is another area we are absolutely strict and uncompromising on. All International Vapor Group products are manufactured using the highest standards in place and to ensure we are producing the purest liquids. We remain staunch about having the highest quality, the highest level of product safety, and absolute regulatory compliance. The result has created products IVG customers trust, rely on, and know to be the best in the industry. While others in the market aim to get by on the minimum requirements necessary, we are steadfast in our belief that our success is owed to not skipping steps. When it comes to research and development, no one tops IVG.

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!

The Celeb Effect on Vaping

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.58.00 PMCelebrities have been a major force in the use and promotion of electronic cigarettes since the beginning. These days, not only are celebrities being seen everywhere using the products, (and all varieties of electronic cigarettes at that) but they are being tapped by major brands to star in ads.

When electronic cigarettes first hit the scene, Hollywood starlets and big names were among the trailblazers who ditched tobacco smoke in favor of vapor. Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Pattinson, Britney Spears, Johnny Depp, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton, Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson, Katherine Heigl, Kevin Connolly, Nikki Reed, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Katy Perry, and Sienna Miller have all been pretty public about choosing the electronic version of smoking over the past few years, proudly letting it be known they were vaping.

In recent months, at several major entertainment events, celebrities have been flaunting their electronic smoking devices loud and proudly. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, during this year’s Oscar’s happily used her e-cigarette during a segment of the broadcast when cameras aimed at her. Earlier this year, Whoopi Goldberg penned a column on her lasting love affair with her vape pen, entitled “My Vape Pen and I, a Love Story.” This past weekend saw comedienne Sarah Silverman brandish her cutting edge vape pen on the red carpet during the Emmy’s, mere hours before giving an animated acceptance speech proclaiming our existence as molecules.

All e-cigarette companies recognize the allure of star power, and that is why so many have worked with celebs in getting their products noticed. Being in the spotlight, they are the foremost trendsetters, and people take notice. Stephen Dorff, Jenny McCarthy, and Courtney Love have appeared in advertisements for different e-cigarette brands, displaying their love of vapor and urging the public to opt for vapor over smoke.

South Beach Smoke has been associated with the Hollywood scene from their inception, having been used in gift bags at the MTV Movie Awards, receiving praise from OK! Magazine, as well as being the top e-cigarette choice among many stars.

The celeb effect on e-cigarettes has been fantastic, and they have certainly held a place in solidifying electronic cigarettes in the mainstream. They’ve helped push their credibility, and prove what excellent alternatives to tobacco they are. E-cigarettes are big business, and Hollywood is all over this trend! As the industry grows and becomes more and more accepted in the public eye, it’s an obvious indicator of how well these products are doing.

E-Cigarettes and the Economy

e-cigaretteThe sales of electronic cigarettes are on the move, ever-increasing as the industry explodes in popularity and demand. While traditional cigarettes have always been a source of controversy, as they are known to have devastating, often deadly long-term effects, their sales and profitability, as well as how high they are taxed, have enabled them to stay in business regardless.

So, as the sales of tobacco cigarettes decline, both due to users switching to e-cigarettes and from people being less inclined to smoke cigarettes in general because of the awareness of their dangers, electronic cigarettes are prospering, profits are skyrocketing.

So are electronic cigarettes good for the economy? With their rapid growth, yes they are in several ways.

This year, electronic cigarettes and accompanying products are slated to become a $2 billion industry. Every year since the products hit the market less than a decade ago in the US, the industry has seen explosive growth, and that alone would be an obvious indication that e-cigarettes are positively contributing to the growth of the economy. Predictions, however, place even greater growth on this market, and within the next 3 years it is expected to be raking in over $10 billion annually.

E-cigarettes have also contributed to economic growth by aiding in recovery with so many added jobs in an innovative industry. Many e-cigarette retail businesses are small, and because it is a growing niche market, the individual owners are doing very well and being able to add jobs in their respective communities is a great benefit to the bigger picture. As this industry is ever-evolving and driven by advancing technology, there will be many more opportunities for growth in a great variety of different areas as it grows.

To employers and business owners, workers who do not use tobacco are statistically more productive and miss less work due to tobacco-related illnesses, and this equates to more money made as a result of having more able workers; also an indirect but positive contribution to economic rebuilding.

Overall, electronic cigarettes are having a very good effect on the economy. Smokers are switching all the time, and business are growing. Jobs are being added to the economy regularly and products are selling. It’s a great time to be involved with tobacco alternatives!

The IVG Difference

imageIn the world of electronic cigarette retail, it may seem as though there are nearly endless brands offering what seem to be the same product. Where we differ amidst the crowd is that our products are different, our technology is different, and there are a multitude of facets to our company that go above and beyond simply retail and selling products.

Top Level Customer Care

The International Vapor Group difference starts with a dedication to innovation, and extends into all the different areas of our company. We pride ourselves on having top customer service, at every level. Whether we are working directly with customers who purchase through our websites to ensure their satisfaction, or are working with our vendors to ensure that all parts of the business relationship are working fluidly and beneficially. Customer service is a major part of what we do, and we understand the human aspect behind the transaction. We are all about that “WOW” factor, and know that it directly relates to better business.

Advancing the Industry

Research and Development is another part of what we do and an essential element to our foundation. We aim not to create what everyone else is offering in the e-cigarette market; our aim is to produce products beyond what others are doing. We want to create what customers are going to want in the future, and we want to create products that surpass current ideas of satisfaction.

Passion, Above All

We are a passionate company, made up of passionate individuals. We are passionate about what we do, and what electronic cigarettes bring to the world. We are passionate about how they have changed the lives of millions of people, for the better. We are passionate about the enjoyment we know our customers receive from using them. We are passionate about the future, where this industry is heading, and we are optimistic about what these products are capable of doing.

International Vapor Group is a company looking to the future, with a solid commitment to expertise. We are not playing catch-up to anyone; instead we are creating the next big thing. If your business views are in line with ours, and you are interested in high quality electronic cigarettes; let’s talk, shall we?

Vapor Zone Retail Expansion

1467352_430499127052173_1284768353_nAs Vapor Zone continues to grow, and expand, their locations are becoming hot spots for the South Florida vaping community. Having two successful stores currently open, one in South Miami and the other in Doral, they are also in the process of opening an additional six locations. With their current expansion underway, the new store locations will be located in South Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Tampa, Clearwater, and Brandon; all of which are in the hiring process currently.

While doing great online, Vapor Zone understands and emphasizes the importance of connecting with customers and holding a brick and mortar presence that serves the community. Having a brilliant concept that goes beyond just the retail of e-cigarette products, consumers have taken to their stores with great acceptance.Vapor Zone is making great headway and giving their customers an excellent resource for all things electronic cigarette related. In store, all VaporZone locations carry the full line of products and feature an e-liquid bar, equipped with experienced and skilled “Vapetenders” who expertly mix the e-liquids into the custom blends.

Another retail concept Vapor Zone has created are their Vapor Zone Express Locations, which are basically a “store within a store.” They are satellite locations, situated inside of other retail stores, and they carry a select number of VaporZone products. Their focus is on only the most popular items, as well as the most popular custom blends. It should be noted that these locations do not have e-liquid bars, and custom blending is not done on site.

Currently, there are three Vapor Zone Express locations in the South Florida area; one in Downtown Miami at the Village Humidor, the next in Coconut Grove, Fl at Coco Cigar, and the third in Pompano Beach, Fl at Let’s Vape. If you are interested in adding a Vapor Zone Express location to your retail store, feel free to contact us! Don’t waste any time in becoming a part of this exciting brand!

Our CEO’s Business Advice to Young Entrepreneurs

entrepreneurs-01IVG’s CEO, Nick Molina was recently interviewed for a feature in BusinessNewsDaily, and was asked a variety of questions about success in entrepreneurship. As someone who seen great achievements in his own startups (in regards to e-cigarettes and others), he obviously has a great deal of wisdom to pass on, especially where emerging technology is concerned.

The first startup Molina created was Let’s Talk Cellular and Wireless, a provider of wireless products and services; the year was 1989. In the past 3 decades, much has changed and by 2009, when he started International Vapor Group, entrepreneurship had become a totally different playing field. One of the biggest challenges has been in competing with the younger generation, and it has taught him a lot about business today.

Here is his advice to Generation X entrepreneurs on how to handle the influx of ambitious Millennials, and what he believes it takes to be successful in today’s competitive business environment.

-Millennials are really, really good with technology. They have grown up with it invading every aspect of their lives, so as they’ve grown, they’ve learned to use it effectively in every way. You can stay on par with them by staying in tune with technology as they have done. Knowledge is key here.

-Millennials are not afraid of taking risks; one of the best advantages of youth is having nothing to lose and the ability to get ahead by taking big risks; something Molina learned very young. In keeping up with Millennials in this position, the key is to take educated risks and be prepared to spar with those who are fearless when it comes to risk taking.

-Hire your competition. Millennials can really help your business with their edgy ideas, tech savvy ways and ability to adapt to today’s ever-changing technology and business environment. In Molina’s words of advice: “Hire the young guns. They’re the ones who will keep you sharp and on edge. You have to try to mitigate your risks, but you also need to be willing to take chances, because if you don’t, the competition will.”