Veterans Day


Veterans Day is a special holiday here at Sharn, not only do we think about all of those men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, but we support the past and present employees that we have working for us for their sacrifice and service to our country. Not to mention, our very own President, Roger Wandersee is a Veteran.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day.  In 1938, Armistice Day became a federal holiday, and in 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill to change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day to include all U.S. Veterans.

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Tomorrow November 12th, Wandersee will be participating in the Veteran’s entrepreneurial boot camp at Governors State University, which is a program specifically for Veterans who want to start their own business.

Last year, Roger was asked, “What does Veterans Day mean to you?”

“My father was an air force pilot during World War II and flew a B29 Bomber.  My uncles served during the Korean War and my brother served in the Army during the Vietnam conflict.  I served in the USAR for six years as a teaching medic, so the military is a part of my family’s history and I honor all those who have served.”

As a proud American manufacturer, we here at Sharn honor all those who are currently serving and those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Thank you for your service.

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3 Common Myths About Custom Store Fixtures


According to POPAI (2009), slightly over 60% of total purchases are attributed to the retail display as the major promotional element within the store.  Because consumers are bombarded with competing information while shopping, it is more important than ever to compete for the customer’s dollar.

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Consumers usually have a goal to accomplish when they decide to shop at a store. A way to gain attention may be from a custom product display.  But, there is some hesitation when it comes to custom POP fixtures.  Here are three common misconceptions about custom retail displays:

A Custom Made Retail Display is Too Expensive.  

This myth is just plain wrong.  A purchase of a custom made, semi-permanent display often results in far less cash being spent on a particular project.  You may think that you are getting a bargain by purchasing a low cost, corrugated display for your product, but that often is not true.  Sure, the individual piece price might be less expensive at the time of purchase, but when you add in the extra cost for tooling as well as the overrun amount you are  obligated to take, it usually winds up with you spending more.  Also, when you consider the replacement cost of a corrugated display 3 to 6 months later, your expense continues to grow.

A Cheaper, Stock Display Serves My Purpose Just As Well.

Not true!   Your product is unique, and you have put a lot of money, time and energy into the product and its packaging.  Where are you going to get a stock display that maximizes the amount of pieces you want to include in your display?

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Our designers here at Sharn calculate that for you to be certain that you’re getting the most out of your investment.  Retail floor space is like gold, so you want to maximize the number of products offered, given the space that your retailer has allotted to you.

Getting a Custom Made Display is a Hassle.

Not with Sharn Enterprises!  We have professional designers that will work with you to not only get your product noticed, but get sold! Our designers will ask you about your particular program, product, and overall goal.  They will give you options in order to discover your unique look by offering combinations of various materials and design. Finally, they will come up with a production plan and pricing that fits your timing, specific quantity, and most importantly, your budget.  When you partner with Sharn Enterprises you never have to worry about the details… that’s what we do.

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For more information about our custom retail fixtures and displays, please visit our website at http://www.sharndisplays.com or call 815-464-9715. 

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Happy Labor Day 2015!


In our opinion, there is no other national holiday that relates to the majority of the American population as much as Labor Day.  This holiday falls on September 7th this year, and is meant to be celebrated and honoring the economic and social contribution of workers in our country.

labordayThe first Labor Day was held in 1882 when the Central Labor Union wanted a day to celebrate and acknowledge their hard work. Becoming a federal holiday in 1894, this day was intended to hold a huge street parade for union workers and labor organizations. A festival was then thrown for the workers’ and their families’ entertainment.

Unfortunately, this holiday has turned into anything besides what it was founded for. Today, instead of all workers receiving the day free from labor on Labor Day, most employees in retail are forced to work due to the creation of the biggest blowout sales of the year.  Like Memorial Day and its celebration for summer break, Labor Day is more commonly known as the “back to school” weekend that must be spent absorbing all the sales before the kids are back on schedule and everyone’s back to their normal regimen.

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Although this is may be the case, we hope that some time is taken out of the day to honor each other from all working relationships.  Without everyone working together and diligently on their work ethic, this country would not be the same.

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Whether you’re working this Labor Day, or have the day off, we here at Sharn wanted to wish everyone a happy and well-deserved holiday.  We will be closed!

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Temporary vs. Permanent POP Displays


With so many choices in the retail merchandising world, it is no wonder retailers and product marketers are not sure where to start when it comes to making decisions about a point-of-purchase product display.  From simple branding, to color, to material types and kinds, heads start to spin and ideas seem to run wild when the possibilities are endless.  In order to better understand what type of display fits your brand and product’s needs, you may need to ask yourself some basic questions about your retail display:

Ask yourself and your team:

  1. What is the objective? Do I want to launch a new product?  Do I need to promote a trial run, an out-of-stock item, or just show off my brand’s image?
  2. How long should the program last? 4-6 weeks? 7-12 weeks? Longer?

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 A retail display must communicate vital information to the consumer, including position, value, and an overall image to encourage consumers to buy.  Customers want to touch, experience, and connect to a product; therefore a custom display is a necessity to retailers and marketers alike.  There are two types of point-of-purchase displays that a retailer can choose from.  Which type best fits your brand?

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A TEMPORARY POP DISPLAY

The first is a temporary display.  This type of display is designed for a period of 4-12 weeks and is usually constructed in corrugated (cardboard) material with a screen, flood, or litho print graphics. They are designed for one-use only, and are an effective way to communicate a low-cost brand position so they can be seen as “cheap and cheerful.”

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Pros and Cons of Temporary Displays:

Pros- Up-front costs effective for distribution and inventory gains, look and feel is usually rectangular and positions a low price point value product well, used for specific objective for a short time, can be recycled, versatile, light-weight.

Cons- Assembly required, short life cycle management, low perceived value, store staff removes from floor quickly, can take a beating from overall store floor (customers, floor cleaners, movement, etc.), high tooling price.

PERMANENT POP DISPLAY

The second type of display is permanent.  These displays are designed for a displays period of 12-52 weeks and are made with more durable materials.  This is Sharn’s specialty!    These types of displays have limitless potential in terms of design, materials and functionality.  Plastic, wood, and metal are just some of the strong materials used in the construction of these displays in order to capture the brand’s positioning and essence. Red-Camel

Pros and Cons of Permanent Displays

Pros-  Claims retail territory, cost-effective life cycle management, completely flexible and can be designed to anything you want it to be, simple implementation (shipped and ready to go),  better reflection of brand positioning, which increases market share, flexibility of use, ability to last long, unique to product, can be used for years.

Cons- Higher upfront costs, but display cost per week is lower due to longevity on floor, longer planning time for proper engineering and prototyping

In summary:

When considering your retail display strategy, there are many factors to consider when choosing the type of retail display for your products.  It’s not just a home for your product; it’s where they get sold!

You must consider your overall objective, your timeline, your needs as well as the needs of the retailer, ability to reflect brand image.

Of course, here at Sharn we are a bit biased towards permanent displays.  Since 1974, we have been designing and manufacturing custom retail fixtures out of wood, metal, and acrylic.  If your needs align with our capabilities, let us know and we will do everything in our power to make your product and display stand out among the rest.

For more information on Sharn Enterprises, Inc’s permanent displays, check out their website at http://www.sharndisplays.com.

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Taking a Step Into the Real World


by: Chelsey Heft, Marketing Intern

Growing up, school was never easy for me.  I never got the grades that my parents expected me to get, even though I always tried my best.  So when I hit the age where I was able to start working, I took every opportunity to work everyday and on the weekends to get experience.  The opposite of school, I realized that working, making connections, and meeting new people is what came easy to me.

When I graduated from high school, I knew that I had to go to college and get my degree.  I started off at Moraine Valley and then transferred to Eastern Illinois University to major in Special Education.  Unfortunately, I found out that special education was not the field for me.  The longer I sat in my Special Education classes the more I started to get lost and not understand the information that was being thrown my way.  I became overwhelmed at the fact I picked the wrong area of study, but knew that I had to figure out what I actually liked to do.

After some soul-searching and realizing my strengths (talking to people and making connections),  I figured out that a degree in Communication was for me.  I decided to move back home and make Governors State University my school of choice.  Currently, this is where I am finishing up my degree in Communications.

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As a graduation requirement, I had to find an internship.  One day I stumbled upon the marketing internship email application for Sharn Enterprises, Inc.  I was having terrible luck applying for internships on my own, so I figured why not try for an internship that Governor’s State was connected with.

Shortly after applying, I received a phone call asking if I would like to set up an interview time and of course I said yes!

Then all of the questions started running through my head like they would with any other person. “What do I wear? What do I say? You better make sure you have questions prepared!”  After interviewing with Stephanie and Roger, I got the call that I received the internship, and I was elated!

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Since being here at Sharn Enterprises as a marketing intern, I have taken in a great amount of knowledge.  From researching new leads, to being the main liaison for a new CRM system, to constructing strategic posts on social media, and putting together marketing campaigns, I can say that when I do head out into the work world that I will definitely feel that I have one leg up over the competition.

The meaning of graduation to me is a massive accomplishment that everyone should be proud of.  After finishing the internship with Sharn, I now am finished with my overall degree!  I am so happy (and even relieved) that I am finally done with school and can start focusing on the things I am good at.  

In the last five months, I have learned so much and I continue to learn each day.  When there is a new task I am always ready take it on. This has been quite the learning experience for me.  I am so glad I was able to take the ride at Sharn Enterprises, Inc.

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For more information on Sharn Enterprises, Inc.’s products and services, visit their website at http://www.sharndisplays.com.  For internship opportunities at Sharn, contact Stephanie at sshostok@sharndisplays.com.

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5 Ways Being a Former Athlete Translates Into Your Professional Life


Growing up, sports were always a major part of my everyday life.  From playing t-ball as a six year-old, to playing collegiate volleyball, my days revolved around practices, scrimmages, tournaments; all of the above.  Reflecting back at my past world, I realize that being involved in sports not only helped me transition into to the professional world, they taught me valuable skills I currently utilize and will continue to develop long into my career.  Here are five ways being a former athlete translates into your professional life:

1. You know the importance of being on time… all too well. 

I remember one morning waking up late for a volleyball practice in college because I set my alarm for PM instead of AM.  I woke up in a panic at 6:05 am when practice started promptly at 6:00am.  I jumped sky-high out of bed, threw on my glasses and sped to the gym.  When I got there, I knew exactly what was waiting for me: sprints.  I ran those sprints and promised myself from that day on to always double-check my alarm clock before going to bed.

This same principle goes into effect when you are in the professional world.  You may not have to run sprints if you are late for a meeting, but it throws off the entire team.  Your punishment may come in missing out on important details or even losing a sale.  Punctuality showcases respect for your own time, and more importantly, other people’s time.

2. You are competitive.

You know that practice makes perfect, and that it was all worth it when game time came.  Your desire to win was evident and you wanted to be the best athlete you could be.  The same goes for your professional life.  Being competitive is a fundamental part of growing in your position and career.   It shows that you have drive, ambition, goals, and tenacity.  Employers want to see this side of you, and being in sports previously fosters this skill.

3. You know how to win, and you know how to lose.

You have lost the big game in regionals, you have messed up on a play, and you have had your good and bad days.  The best part about it is that you know how to use those experiences as opportunities to learn, and grow for the next challenge.  You keep trying and never give up on the things that matter most.  You also know that there will more opportunities to get yourself a win, if you do lose.

4. You are a team player.

You have been on a team all of your life and know that if your teammate does well, the whole team does well.  Same principle applies in the workforce.  If there is a large project that has to be worked on as a unit, you know how to extend your hand and offer support.  You know that if the project goes well, then the whole entire company does well.

5. You communicate.

In volleyball, you have to call “mine” when the ball is coming towards you to let the other players know you are going to take it.  When there was no communication between me and my other teammates while on the court, the ball dropped right in the middle of us.  Speaking up and allowing a fluid transmittal of communication not only helps make the play, but also leads the team to success.  Same rule applies in a company.

What if you assumed your co-worker finished the project you were working on together, when he/she didn’t?  The figurative ball was dropped and the project didn’t get finished.  Now you have an unhappy boss. You know that simple updates, the effective flow of communication leads to better results.

Here at Sharn, we know the value of the above skills.  We strive to be on time, be competitive with our prices, be team players, and communicate with our customers and clients.  We design custom point-of-purchase displays for retail, so our communication is vital.  We want to win your business, and being a company with former athletes as employees, we stop at nothing to earn it!

Interested in our products or services?  Visit http://www.sharndisplays.com or call 815-464-9715!

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Father’s Day 2015: 8 Gift Ideas for Dad


Back on July 10th, 1910, the governor of Washington decided to proclaim the first ever “Father’s Day.”  However, it was not until Mother’s Day became a nationally recognized holiday that Father’s Day became official 58 years later.  Every third Sunday in June, families celebrate that special guy in their life and show their appreciation through actions as well as gifts.  Most fathers claim that they are easy to please, but on the inside, they would love a thoughtful present.  That’s why we here at Sharn Enterprises have come up with a list of possible gift ideas for dad that will make his day special, while showing you some of our exceptional POP custom displays.

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1. Golf Gear

Do you have a dad that loves to relax on the weekends by heading to the green?  Any dad who loves golf would appreciate a specialty club, some new golf balls, gloves, golf shirt, or even a golf towel.  These gifts would be a great idea for any dad who is active and has been itching to take a weekend getaway to the nearest golf course.

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2. Leather Goods

Do you have a dad that double as a businessman?  Does he like the finer things in life?  Then maybe your pops will like a new leather wallet or belt.  More practical than flashy, a fresh, new accessory will allow your dad to practice the saying, “out with the old, in with the new.”

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3. Power Tools

A good gift for the handyman in your life would be a brand new power tool or even tool chest, which would make any father feel useful as well as appreciated.  This gift will hit all the bases, but just make sure your dad knows how to use them safely!

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4. Watches

Does your dad have trouble remembering schedules and being on time?  A new watch might be a good idea for a dad like likes to be on trend, but also might need extra help in the time department (Mom will thank you for this one!)

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5. Fishing Gear 

Does your dad love the outdoors?  Then a simple, go-to gift maybe some fishing and hunting gear.  Head to the nearest Bass Pro Shops (or another outdoorsy store like Cabela’s) and incorporate your dad’s personal style into your picks.  He will appreciate the thought as well as rock the coolest fishing pole of the bunch on his next big trip.

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6. Music Gear

Does your dad like to sing or have jam sessions?  A dad with an ear for music might enjoy a new guitar, picks for his current guitar, speakers, or new headphones.  Not only will you bring out his creative side, you can enjoy the tunes together!

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7. Electronics

Is your dad always on top of the electronics game?  Splurge on a HD big screen for his man cave, a new remote control, or even a speaker system.  Any of these options will definitely gain you the title of “favorite.”

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8.  Spirits 

Is your dad a connoisseur of fine wine and spirits?  Purchasing dad a nice bottle of his favorite alcoholic beverage might be a nice idea for the father who likes to take a load off and enjoy a drink on a night off.

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No matter what category your dad fits into, (sporty, classic, rugged, professional or musical) there is always a perfect gift out there for your father or grandfather.  We encourage you to spend time with your family, especially your dad.  The jack-of-all-trades in your life deserves something that will make him smile and feel appreciated on that third Sunday in June.  Father’s Day 2015 is officially June 21st, so start planning!

We hope you enjoyed seeing a few samples of our custom displays and hope we can serve you in the future.

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