For the first time in 14 years Nokia has been taken over by Samsung as the World’s leading Mobile Phone Brand! And has opened up a growing lead on Apple in the smart phone market.
Samsung’s market share is expected to be 29% of all mobile phone shipments worldwide, with Nokia slipping to 24%.
The other big gain is smartphone sales in general with IHS reporting that smart phones are expected to grow to 56% of the world wide phone market in 2013. When you consider just the smart phone market, Samsung has a 28% market share and Apple has a 20% market share.
These stats all make sense when you consider that Android handsets are now outselling Apple handsets in Australia for the first time. Retailers have been quick to sell iPhone accessories but are they stocking enough Android accessories for the fasting growing accessory market?Click Here for our range, do yourself a favour and market Android accessories alongside your iPhone accessories.
Optus 4G Pre-Paid Broadband has arrived and boy is it quick. Optus 4G is still only available in most Capital Cities, with the map below highlighting in dark purple where Optus 4G is available in Victoria and in brown where you would revert to Optus 3G coverage.
With data usage on Australian smart phones up 50% in the last year, 4G has arrived just in time as consumers demand faster and more reliable data connections.
Check out the Great Margin Offers in the latest Touch Magazine!
Many of you will be dealing with Touch Networks for your Optus Mobile electronic recharge.
Did you know you can also sell a great range of PPS calling cards from these terminals?
Did you also know if you swipe a rechargeable PPS calling card for your customer, instead of just printing out the docket you will earn an extra 2% margin and your customer will be able to roll over any unused credit.
Awesome I know!
Well at present Touch is running a promotion with PPS, where you can earn up to 40% margin on selling the PPS range of calling cards electronically that include Anytime, China Gold, Genie, Globe, Kababayan, Lotus, Lucky Dragon, Optus Long Distance and Wicket.
Click Hereto view a copy of their online version of the Touch Magazine.
And remember to use the rechargeable calling cards to maximise your margins and give a better user experience to your valued customers. These are available from Jenlist Distributors by phoning 1300 781 758 orordering online
However trending suggests there is still a lot of growth in this category. (See graph below)
Personally I love tablets, they don’t replace a laptop but I do use my iPad a lot. My local blockbuster closed down a few months back so I now download movies on iTunes and even TV shows that I may have missed due to travel or programming clashes.
I watch these programmes and read the SMH on my iPad during flights, which makes travel time much more enjoyable now. I also use it for social media, doing my online banking, playing games, making my footy tips and I have even used it to create my family tree with the ancestry.com app.
But the thing that I hate most is using my tablet to type on. When you start to type the keyboard takes up half the screen which makes long emails frustrating when you need to spell check as much as I do.
However we have a few new solution to this problem in stock. Firstly we have the Laser Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard @ $59.95 RRP, it is compatible with computers, tablets, smartphones and even PS3. It also has an integrated touchpad, multimedia shortcut keys and is portable and lightweight.
We also have the Blue Tooth Qwerty Keyboard @ $49.95 which is a waterproof, dustproof and washable Mini Bluetooth Flexible Silicone Keyboard, that is the perfect portable companion for your Smartphone, iPad or Android Tablet! Made from flexible and lightweight silicone, you can simply roll it up the mini keyboard and take it with you wherever you go!
Why do Optus Pre-Paid handsets, Broadband and SIM Packs expire?
The expiry dates on these products indicate the date that the SIM card itself expires. Handset or broadband devices don’t actually expire, so bundling a $2 SIM pack with Handsets will give the consumer access to a phone number. Unfortunately there is no current $2 broadband SIM for Optus Mobile broadband products.
SIM card's have this expiry date, so that the phone numbers on unused SIM packs can be reused.
How does Jenlist Distributors assist with stock that is due to expire soon or has expired?
Close to expiry stock ?
Jenlist Distributors offer a unique “Sale or Return” policy on Pre-Paid Telco. If there is at least 2 months left of expiry on any Optus Pre-Paid product, Jenlist Distributors are happy to assist and will take this product back, once this is processed a credit will be applied to your account.
Once stock is expired the SIM card is not able to be activated. Jenlist Distributors provide $2 SIM cards, that can then be bundled with the handset, to give it a fresh phone number.
Jenlist Distributors also have a one exception policy on expired stock, where we will credit stores expired stock as a one off exception to help stores out. As you can imagine this can be a large write off for a company the size of Jenlist Distributors, so this policy is viewed on a case by case basis and depends on the amount of stock to be credited for each store.
How do I best manage my expiry dates?
Pre-Paid Telco products should be checked monthly by one of your staff members. This way you can highlight which products are nearing their expiry date and return them.
Jenlist Distributors representatives will check expiry dates when they are in store, but the responsibility is with the store owner to manage their returns.
Is internet Wi-Fi surcharges in Australian hotels just a rip off, or is it also an opportunity for local retailers?
Personally I see it as an annoyance for myself, but an opportunity also in the same breath.
I tend to spend at least 70 nights a year in motels and hotels, mostly within Australia, but also overseas during holidays with my wife. The Australian stays are made up of regional trips to visit all our great retailers and also to attend industry conferences, trade shows and awards nights. Some areas are metro visits, but some are also very remote locations.
What 80% of these Australian motel and hotels have in common is NO free access to Wi-Fi internet. Whereas 80% of their counter parts around the world, actually give you free Wi-Fi internet access, where you can skype your loved ones, post photos of your trip to the likes of facebook or myspace, research where you are going to go the next day and even download a movie on your tablet for the upcoming flight, train or bus trip.
I have been to hotels where they have charged as much as $24 a day for internet access in Australia.
With this in mind, it makes sense to be stocking products like our Optus Mobile Broadband that starts at $39 RRP with up to 1GB of data and 30days to use this within. Or even our Optus Wi-Fi mini modem for $89 RRP, that includes up to 6GB of data and can connect up to 5 devices at once. This is plenty of data for doing all those things I spoke of before and with 30 days expiry, is the idea product to sell to tourists.
If you are in a really touristy area, it makes sense to really highlight this type of product for the impulse sale and what better way than with a Optus Mobile Broadband dump bin.
If you look at major retailers and stand alone phone stores you will find one thing in common that they all do well too capture additional sales in Pre-Paid Telco. They all use handset and/or $2 SIM dump bins.
Within the trade we call these the Silent Salesman, due to their ability to highlight products that are already on display.
The latest dump bin in our range is the Optus Mobile branded handset dump bin. This comes pre-printed with generic images for easy assembly and display longevity.
Along with the dump bin, we supply dummy boxes of your current range which we price, then put at the front of your store to highlight the handsets you have in range.
Most Pre-Paid Telco sales are impulse purchases. Spare of the moment purchases that are influenced by seeing a great deal or filling the need to replace a lost or damaged product. With handsets now starting at $29 RRP, these impulse purchases are becoming more and more frequent.
We supply all this at no cost to you, as we both benefit from the increase in sales. CLICK HEREto get your hands on one.
FREE Dupé Thongs with Optus handset activations this Christmas!
This Christmas Optus is giving away free Dupé thongs with handset activations between 1st December 2011 to 31st January 2012. Below are the details of how to redeem these great gifts.
WHAT IS THE OFFER:
Any customer who purchases and activates an Optus Prepaid handset will receive a free pair of Dupe’ thongs which can be redeemed online at optus.com.au/dupexmas.
The offer runs from 1st December 2011 to 31st January 2012
WHO ARE DUPE:
Hailing from the sunny shores of Brazil, Dupé are an "exceedingly comfortable" thong range brought to you by the creators of Havianas. The quality range includes styles featuring HXP Gel, a specifically formulated rubber technology throughout the thong for added durability and comfort, while also incorporating a buttery cushioning to the heel for extra support.
From Men and Women's styles to those that satisfy the tinier toes with the Kids and Baby ranges, there is a super comfy thong to suit everyone!