Juggling Responsibilities With Prioritization

We are only a few weeks into the new school year and the creeping feeling of being overwhelmed is casting a dark shadow on your saneness. Competing responsibilities and as well as all the many opportunities to make the best of your time in high school can be stressful and paralyzing. 

Read some great firsthand advice in an article written for DECA Direct by Spirit Box Community Manager and Junior at Blue Valley High School Olivia Toles. 

Spirit Box Product Mix Explained

Let’s talk about how products will work for your Spirit Box Enterprise...

Now is the time to begin finalizing the product mix for your Spirit Box Enterprise, so let’s layout how this is going to work.

Planning For Four Trays of Products

OMG it's empty!

OMG it's empty!

Your Spirit Box is made up of four trays, each with 12 spirals (slots) for products. That's  quite of bit of inventory to fully stock your Spirit Box! (download our plan-o-gram to start sketching your ideas)

Time to fill the spirals. 

Time to fill the spirals. 

Initial Inventory Starter-Pack

Your first year Spirit Box program investment of $3,495 includes an initial inventory starter-pack made up of many different blank convenience items to help fill about two trays of the 4 trays in your Spirit Box.  

Starter Pack Products

  • Earbuds 
  • Wireless Headphones 
  • iPhone Cables
  • Droid Cables
  • Flash Drives
  • Wireless Mice
  • Deodorant
  • Water bottles
  • USB/AC Power Adapters
  • 6-Port USB Desk Chargers
  • Bic Mechanical Pencils - 2pk
  • Bic Pens - 4pk assorted colors

The remaining and ongoing product mix is up to you to source. Popular Spirit Box inventory can include:

  • Consumables like chapstick, mints, gum and kleenex pocket pouches that can be easily sourced from a Costco or Sam’s Club;
  • Custom spirit wear like t-shirts, lanyards and beanies. Our sister company, Spirit Factory, can help your school with a huge variety of custom branded merchandise. www.Spirit-Factory.com
  • Blank convenience items at wholesale (like what is found in your initial starter-pack) can be reorder from our strategic partner at www.SchoolStoreProducts.com 

Let’s keep the conversation going! Comment here with questions, concerns or recommendations regarding your Spirit Box product mix (or anything else for that matter)




Automated Retail for your School?

            Automated retail is the use of machines to promote and distribute products without a brick and mortar store.  Corporations across the industry are using automated retail kiosks to engage customers in a way that fits today’s on-the-go lifestyle, bringing products to them in a way more convenient than ever before.

            Automated retail has been used to push a great variety of products. Proactiv uses kiosks to give customers an easy way to access skin care products, while still retaining the exclusivity of their brand. McDonald’s has added kiosks in each restaurant to give customers an additional method of ordering food. Carvana has even begun using AR to change the used-car industry, by creating huge automated “vending machines” where users pick up cars they purchase online.

            Though the products may differ, many companies have added automated retail to their business models. Automated retail offers convenience to customers through visual-appeal and self-service. It also increases brand recognition for companies, as automated retail kiosks are placed in high-traffic areas that may not be suitable for brick and mortar shops. The fact that automated retail kiosks are self-serve entities also reduces labor and overhead costs, while increasing profitability.

            Automated retail kiosks can uniquely position DECA teams for success, as well, and DECA National Board Advisory Member, The Spirit Box, is one way chapters can transition into this industry. The Spirit Box is an automated retail enterprise program that dispenses school spirit merchandise while giving students the opportunity to put classroom learning to practice.  DECA advisor, Annie Hulse said, “The Spirit Box is easily aligned with the required sections of the SBE certification. This allows the students to make clear connections between day to day business operations and what they're learning in the classroom.”

            The turn-key fundraiser provides immediate hands-on opportunities for students to implement DECA curriculum, but also continues working for the team after-hours, as customers are able to purchase spirit wear on evenings and weekends. These extended hours make The Spirit Box a great addition to preexisting school stores or a complete business entity in itself.

            Automated retail such as The Spirit Box can open up opportunities for businesses to leverage the latest technology to reach customers in a new way. How could your DECA team enhance customer experience using Automated Retail?