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Top Impulse Shopping Products for 2023

What drives impulse purchases?

Welcome to the fast-paced world of retail, where the right product at the right time can make all the difference in your overall sales and customer satisfaction!

If you're an independent pharmacy owner or a buying manager, buckle up, because the opportunities are endless when it comes to impulse purchases… but it all starts with preparation.

Imagine a world where the front-end of your store is not just a pathway to the prescription counter, but a treasure trove of carefully selected products that customers can't seem to resist. Sounds too good to be true? Let's dive deeper.

In this blog, we're going to unveil the latest consumer trends and help you identify the must-stock impulse items that will not only meet your customers' evolving needs, but also skyrocket your sales.

Every product we discuss is backed by data, showing you exactly why they're winning the hearts (and wallets) of consumers. However, we're not just about the data. We'll also show you how these products can fit into your customers' lives and why they'll keep coming back for more. So, get ready to transform your selection into a powerhouse of rising sales and customer satisfaction. The future of your pharmacy awaits.

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On-The-Go Energy

People are always looking for the next easiest and convenient way to boost their energy. With these items on your shelves, you can give your customers what they want, while increasing your sales at the same time. It's a win-win!

Here's why you should consider adding some new energy products to your pharmacy's shelves.

Bailout Energy Shot: More and more people are turning to energy shots. They're like mini energy drinks that give a quick caffeine hit in just a small amount of liquid. Plus, they're super easy to carry around, so people can get their energy fix anytime, anywhere. Just as people love flavored drinks, they also love their energy shots to be flavored. This is a trend that's not slowing down anytime soon, so now is a great time to begin stocking them​.

The Functional Chocolate Company & Seattle Gummy Company: Having snacks in stock is always a good practice and with energy snacks getting more popular, it’s become easier to help your customers get their caffeine fix. Now, all anyone needs to perk themselves up for the day is a caffeinated piece of chocolate or even a gummy! This is perfect for anyone who needs a quick pick-me-up during a busy day. And with the snack market getting bigger each year, this is a great opportunity to jump in on!\

Neuro Mints Grab and Go Box & SpectraSpray B12 Energy Oral Spray Vitamin: Besides energy drinks, people are searching for other ways to get their energy fix. Things like energy mints and vitamin sprays are becoming a popular alternative because of their ease of use and can be taken on the go; making them a good option for people who need a quick energy boost but don't want to crack open a whole drink or eat a snack. As more people are buying personal care items like vitamins and supplements, these energy products could be a big hit​.

Once Upon a Coconut: Energy drinks are still going strong, and now there are even more options available. Nowadays, the trend is drinks made with coconut water, like Once Upon a Coconut. These drinks not only give an energy boost, but they also help keep people hydrated. It's two benefits in one, which can be really appealing to the health-conscious customer​.


Snap & Style: Instant Hair Solutions

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, your customers are on the hunt for quick and easy solutions to look their best. This is where Instant Hair Solutions come into play, providing a golden opportunity for your pharmacy to meet these needs and boost sales.

Consider the Headbands of Hope’s Looped Tortoise Claw Clip and Mavi Bandz’ Resin Long Barrettes, both products from our Snap & Style range. They're not just functional, they're fashionable too. In a matter of seconds, your customers can tame their hair and transform their look.

And let's not forget St. Armands Designs of Sarasota’s Natural Raffia Headband and Mavi Bandz’ Telebandz. These aren't your run-of-the-mill hair accessories. They're trendy, they're practical, and they're just the kind of items customers love to stumble upon while waiting at the counter.

The worldwide Accessories market, which includes hair accessories, is projected to grow 4.24% from 2023 to 2026​​. This growth indicates an increasing demand for style-enhancing products, a trend that Hair Accessories are perfectly poised to meet.

In conclusion, offering these quick and easy hair accessories is a strategic move. These products are primed for impulse purchases, combining functionality, style, and convenience. So, capitalize on this opportunity to increase sales and satisfy customers with your selection.


Grab & Go Snacks

Snacks can be a profitable addition to a pharmacy's offerings, as customers often appreciate the convenience of grabbing a quick bite while picking up their prescriptions or other health necessities.

In today's fast-paced world, shoppers are no longer satisfied with 'good enough' when it comes to their snacks. They are hunting for distinctive, quality products that not only satisfy their cravings but also align with their values and health goals. Our taste buds, much like our lives, crave diversity and excitement, and it's here that products like Hen of the Woods Kettle Chip Sample Box, Prevail Original Turkey Jerky, Three Dads Natural Foods Everything Bagel Superfood Popcorn, and others truly shine.

These snacks are not just about the consumption of food, they're about satisfying deeper desires for high-quality ingredients, creative flavor profiles, and health-conscious options. The trend towards healthier, more unique, and high-quality snacks is more than just a fad; it's a reflection of the evolving needs and preferences of today's consumers. Let's explore how these products, and others like them, manage to stand out in their respective categories, successfully answering the modern-day call for superior snacking options.

The Three Dads Natural Foods Everything Bagel Superfood Popcorn could be a hit with health-conscious customers, as 'superfood' products often contain beneficial nutrients. The Karmalize Pistachio Butter Single Serve Pouches are also a portable, protein-rich option for busy customers on the go.

Finally, Hammond’s Candies Snack Mixes Totally Nuts could cater to customers looking for a sweet treat, adding a bit of variety to the snacking selection.

In addition, having a diverse range of products can enhance customer experience, potentially increasing the time they spend in-store and the likelihood of additional purchases. It's also a way for independent pharmacies to differentiate themselves from large chain pharmacies, by offering unique items that could not be found elsewhere.


Bath & Beauty

As an independent pharmacy owner or buying manager, you have the power to elevate your customers' self-care routines by stocking high-quality and practical beauty products.

Provide the perfect items that will remind customers about their own self-care routine. Imagine the allure of the Mumu Bath Rose Pink Clay Soap, a gentle and luxurious cleanser that leaves the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Picture the delight on your customers' faces as they indulge in the Evolve Botanica Co. Honey Bee Bath Bomb, a sweet and soothing treat for their bath time rituals.

The Beauty Sleep Lavender Cloud Bath Bomb offers the calming scent of French Lavender, creating a blissful experience for those seeking relaxation. Enhancing your product range with Breathe Naturals Lavender Vanilla Deodorant ensures customers have access to a natural and effective option for odor control.

The Crazy Rumors' Zodiac Lip Balm Hang Card Gift Box, a unique and fun gift set, adds a touch of personalization to your beauty aisle.

Finally, the Beauty Kitchen Naked Collagen Under Eye Gel Mask pampers tired eyes and hydrates the delicate skin, providing an irresistible solution for those seeking a refreshed appearance.

By offering these practical and effective beauty products, you not only boost sales but also enhance customer satisfaction by providing them with the self-care essentials they desire. Remember, your independent pharmacy can become a trusted destination for customers' beauty needs, capturing their loyalty and driving your success in this competitive market.


Gadgets for Fast & Easy Living

Redefine the customer experience by offering innovative, quality tech products that meet both practical and lifestyle needs. When it comes to technology, it’s practically always the right place and right time. Imagine a customer, picking up a prescription and simultaneously discovering the Ellie Rose Lavender Phone Ring, an elegant accessory that keeps their phone secure while adding a touch of style. Whereas your more on-the-go tech customers will appreciate the convenience of the WUDN’s Wooden Magnetic Wireless Charger, Novelty Inc’s USB-to-Lightning Cable, or the functional Thegribbit’s Power Cord Grips.

Stocking these products not only adds a new revenue stream, but it repositions your pharmacy as a one-stop destination. Remember, in today's competitive market, it's not just about what customers need, but also about what they didn't know they wanted until they found it on your shelves.

Ellie Rose Lavender Phone Ring: The perfect mix of where style meet technology, this jewelry-inspired phone grip that helps secure your phone while in use. It's made of strong zinc alloy and can swivel 360 degrees. The ring also functions as a stand for hands-free viewing and features a secure adhesive backing that removes without leaving any residue​​.

Aries Awe-Snap by GetPower Photography Clip On Light: A unique grab-and-go for any photography-loving customer; this accessory includes a universal clip-on light to enhance any and all photos, especially ones for social media.

Thegribbit - Cell Power Cord Grips /Anchors For Desks: For quick cord organization, Thegribbit is a frog-shaped desktop cord holder about 1"x1" in size with a footprint about the size of a quarter. It is a made out of recyclable materials and available in 3 colors (green, blue, pink)​​.

Kushies Birdcage Led Light Blue: With two different levels of brightness, this cherry little night can be easily switched by tapping the birdcage. It also glows in the dark and can be recharged using a USB port, with a charge lasting up to 15 hours with low power consumption​.


The Opportunity Is There

In conclusion, the world of retail is fast-paced and ever-evolving, but with the right products and strategic preparation, you can seize the opportunities that come your way. By understanding consumer trends and stocking must-have impulse items, you can transform your pharmacy into a powerhouse of rising sales and customer satisfaction.

From energy products that cater to the need for quick and convenient energy boosts to hair accessories that provide instant style solutions, and from unique and high-quality snacks that satisfy cravings to innovative tech products that meet practical and lifestyle needs, your pharmacy has the potential to meet the diverse demands of your customers.

By embracing these trends and incorporating these products into your offerings, you can differentiate your independent pharmacy from the competition, capture customer loyalty, and drive your success in this dynamic retail landscape. So, prepare to welcome the future of your pharmacy with open arms, and get ready to make a lasting impact on your customers' lives. The possibilities are endless, and the rewards are waiting.

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