We don’t usually like to brag, but 2016 was an exciting year over here at PulseTV.com! It was our 20th Anniversary as a company, and one of our most fun years ever as an ecommerce company. As a top online retailer, we want to thank all our customers and fans for sticking with us, watching our videos, and shopping on our site!
We gathered some data and complied it all into a infographic… Take a look!
This is another possible PulseTV product in the works of being researched and discussed. We’re currently selling a more inexpensive tracker — it’s cheaper since it lacks all the bells and whistles of this Modern Fitness model. I’m holding onto this sample since I volunteered to test and check out the app if we decide to pick it up.
2. Desktop Organizer
During my first week here at PTV I was [randomly] asked, “So when are you going to personalize your desk?” I snuck out that very day on my lunch break to Target and picked up this pretty pen holder. I filled it with the cliché pink and purple pens that you may expect to find on a woman’s desk, as well as other sporadically used desk supplies. Nothing special, but I look forward to having the same flowery pen holder 20 years from now on my desk as a reminder of how far I’ve come!
3. Fox Stuff
If you’ve known me for any time at all, you’ve probably heard that I love foxes. Secret Santa (Sharif!) gifted me my Fancy Fox last Christmas, and it makes me smile. My foxed-up Sip by S’well Stainless Steel tumbler keeps my water super cold.
4. Smitty’s Glasswax
Since I’m four-eyed and a sunglasses enthusiast, I use Smitty’s Glasswax on the regular. I pretty much consider this the PulseTV-community Smitty’s — my coworkers roll up to borrow my glass cleaner on a daily basis for their glasses or smart phone. A little bit goes along way, so this tube has lasted me about a year.
Did you know we actually assemble and pack these ourselves? It’s one of the few products we get shipped in bulk to our office — a big box of microfiber cloths, the tubes, and little baggies to put them in. You can watch customer service pack in our old video (before we got our cubicles redone!)
5. Glass Multimedia Laptop & Monitor Stand with Speaker
Khalil mentioned this Monitor Stand in his read and I have one too! I like it mainly because it looks clean, helps with posture, and holds the other things that don’t really have a distinct place on my desk. My USB fan is plugged right in as well as my House of Marley Earbuds. I also like that my keyboard fits right under it at the end of the day. Clutter is not welcome here!
6. Water Resistant 10,000 mAh Power Bank with Dual USB
You guys: this is the best power bank ever (IMO). Khalil actually recommended it before my New York trip in January! I knew I would be out and about taking pictures the entire time with limited access to a power outlet, so I asked the guy, which power bank won’t let me down? I got 3, that’s right, 3 charges with my iPhone 7 up to 100%. And there was juice to spare!
We sold a ton of different battery backups, but I think this one has the most power — 10,000mAh (whatever that means). It’s still sitting on my desk because I brought it back and charged it right back up, ready for me to throw in my purse the next time I need it.
7. Handsfree Earpiece with Mic
My daily responsibilities are geared towards daily operations now but I can’t forget my PulseTV roots — Customer Service. I cannot express how important a comfortable ear piece is when my primary job was to help customers 8 hours a day. I still help with CS overflow, but it also comes in handy during my long talks with our fulfillment center.
8. Family Pictures
Over time, the amount of desktop personal memorabilia has fluctuated but my current family photos are pretty simplistic these days. Sweet photos of my husband, daughters and puppers gives my eyes a break from my computer screen.
9. USB Retro Mini Fan by GeekTek
Our office is hot (understatement). I keep my house at a firm 68 degrees year round, so when it starts creeping above 70 degrees here at PTV HQ, the fan goes on. We sold these long ago — and it would not surprise me to find many of my team members with one on their desk for the very same reason I do!
10. Multi-Function 3-Way Mirror
This mirror is another PulseTV product that gets daily use. Actually, Ashley from customer service snatched it up before me. After I kept stealing hers, she kindly gifted one to me! Since then, coworkers all around the office keep borrowing it for touching up makeup — and getting spinach out of their teeth!
I like that my station is a mixture of personal touches as well neat finds by the PTV buying team. A lot of our customers tell us that they love the things we pick up; that they can’t find them anywhere else with our deals. Imagine working here surrounded by the influx of cool products we get in daily! Just when I pay off my personal balance, I rack it right back up again. This is just the stuff that I keep at my desk, but don’t ask my husband where I keep all the stuff I bought for my home.
If you’ve never heard the term battlestation used in an office setting, don’t feel too left out. All it refers to is the gadgets, setup, and area you put your computer. I’m certainly not in a position to post to reddit’s /r/battlestations since my rig isn’t nearly as fancy (and I’m not really a techy guy when it comes to computers). Heck they’d laugh me out of the place for simply using a Mac.
But I wanted to share my setup here at the PulseTV office. I’m Khalil, and I spend most of the day Photoshopping, video editing, and researching new products as a buyer.
1. Pile of Products
I consider myself organized, but this part of the desk gets a pass from the neat freak in me. It’s a collection of samples I’m evaluating, stuff that’s coming in soon, and stuff waiting for a video. I need to shoot that Jensen boombox one sometime this week, so I’m making sure I know how to use it before Zack and Anisa get a hold of it.
I tested some new earbuds and speakers that I can’t wait to get in stock! Some of these samples and open products wind up in our Box O’ Junk, among other goodies.
2. Photobooth Pictures
These are all from Zack’s wedding! Fun times with the rest of the PulseTV gang.
3. Pen Holder
Originally it was just a dollar store glass jar, but my Secret Santa (Amber!) got this Bulls koozie that fits perfectly over it. I love it, though its starting to make me feel a little depressed with the current state of our team…
4. Self-Refurbished Headphones
I’ve had this same pair for 4 years at the office for one reason: it still sounds great. They’re loud, deliver excellent bass and remind me why I love SoundLogic products. Constant use while video editing started wearing them down, so I replaced the ear pads, taped the microphone after it broke open one day, and reenforced plastic seams with some of our Rapid Fix Plastic Adhesive. I hope it lasts another 4 years, I’ve really gotten used to its sound profile.
5. Makerbot 3D Printer Giveaway
We went to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas this year in searching for new tech products, and I snagged this 3D-printed nut and bolt from Makerbot. I fidget around with it while I’m rendering a video or something — it’s therapeutically fun!
We sold this item a while ago, and plenty of my coworkers also picked one up for their desks before it sold out. It’s great for organization — I slide my keyboard under it when I leave for the day, and there’s a nice tray for all the SD cards I need. The built-in speakers let me crank up the volume for the debut of each new product video.
7. Anker Ergonomic Mouse
Like I said, I’m constantly in Photoshop making digital ads, product photos, and web elements, and video editing for an hour or two at a time. This is the most comfortable mouse I’ve used (and a steal at $20!) but I admit it took some time getting used to it. The mouse usually baffles anyone popping over to use my desk, but I am the only Mac user in the office, so people usually stay away.
8. Nerd Trinkets
I don’t have many toys at the office, but most of these came from secret Santas over the years. I have a sweet Funko Pop Goku, a Darth Vader mint tray, and you can’t really see it in this picture, but I have a little R2D2 in an air plant terrarium. Turns out I found a way to kill 2 air plants…
9. Earthquake Mugs
One of my favorite personal orders from our own site: Stainless Steel Earthquake Mugs. They were an As Seen on TV product that has a suction cup on the bottom that prevents spills if you accidentally bump it around. I have complete confidence in them being directly next to my computer, phone, keyboard or anything — you cannot knock them over! I wish we still had them in stock, I bought a bunch as gifts last Christmas. I bought two so I can keep my cold water in one, and have another for hot tea or cocoa. The mugs are differentiated with an etched Game of Thrones Direwolf using one of our old engraving pens we sold.
I’m not kidding, I love this pen! I got it from our old pound of pens deal. We used to sell a pound’s worth of junk pens (misprints, overstock, miscellaneous stock) and sent them out. I snagged a few, but this one writes like a dream. The pen has information for CKLQ 880: Manitoba’s Country Hits Radio Station. I can’t believe it found its way here in Tinley Park!
So that’s it for the virtual tour of my desk. Just wanted to show it off and talk about some of our cool stuff — we really stand behind everything we sell, and it shows when we buy it for ourselves! I also have a TON of things sitting around my apartment, but that’s for another blog post.
Total PulseTV Products Used For My Office “Battlestation”: 9
Before the sun set on the summer, PulseTV made sure to enjoy America’s pastime. We made our way to watch the Windy City Thunderbolts take on the Schaumburg Boomers; and Anisa had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. She’s got an arm!
Our time at the ballpark was definitely a Home Run! And The Thunderbolts won 6-1!
For the rest of the world, the big holidays including Christmas are still months off, but for retailers Christmas is right around the corner. Here at PulseTV.com we have already started gearing up for the fourth quarter.
In the last couple months we have sent our team of buyers to the big ASD consumer trade show in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics show, also in Vegas, and our own local show, the TMC Merchandise Show in Rosemont, Illinois.
And they discovered some great products we are really excited to introduce to our customers.
We have had tremendous success with the Streak Free Cloths we have been carrying for years, and we have found something we hope is going to be just as big. They are called ‘Dura-Fresh’ cloths and they are made from natural wood fiber. That makes them completely natural, non-toxic and even compostable, but the great thing is that simply rinsing them in hot tap water eliminates 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria. That makes them perfect for use in the kitchen for clean up or as dish cloths.
We also found something we think is going to be a hit with homeowners. It is a light up sign box. Basically it is an illuminated sign you can customize with a bunch of included letters, number and symbols. So you can put your address in the front window, or ‘PARTY ROUND BACK’, ‘WELCOME HOME’, or ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’. Anything you can think of.
And we certainly haven’t forgotten about the kids. We found a really neat remote controlled truck that shoots bubbles. That’s right, a bubble truck (we’re going to try and come up with a better name for it). We really think kids are going to go nuts for it.
These are just a few of the many great new products we will be introducing over the next couple of months. The fourth quarter is always the most exciting time of the year and we believe our customers are going to share our excitement when they see what we have found for them.
We are proud to announce that PulseTV has made the Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing privately held companies in the US for the third year in a row.
CEO and Co-founder, Jaffer Ali graciously stated, “We are pleased with this recognition. It has taken us many years to tinker our way into our present business model. What we are most proud of is building a culture of caring that extends from our office to those people that continue to shop at our online store. At the end of the day, this is the real accomplishment of PulseTV.”
Everyone here at PulseTV not only takes great care is selecting products for our customers, but we offer customer service that goes above and beyond the call whenever help is needed.
We are extremely grateful to Inc. 5000 for the honor, to our staff for their dedication and to our customers for their wonderful support. Thank you!
The time has come to give our office an upgrade! New cubicles, new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint is just what the doctor ordered. Take a look at some “Before” and “After” pictures of our renovation.
Did you know that we have a Facebook page? Well, a lot of people and businesses do, but this year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary and we have taken advantage of Facebook’s ‘LIVE’ feature to let you celebrate with us.
Our first Facebook Live Event takes you into the mysterious and rarely before seen world of a small business office. We show off some of our brand new products, give you a Video Studio Tour, Office Tour with some employees, and a Birthday Celebration for a special little guy!
Our PulseTVDeals page has over 32,500 fans, but if you are not one of them you can still watch the video by clicking the link below. You’ll meet the people behind PulseTV.com and the Deal of the Day, and the most important person in the entire office; the Customer Service manager.
PulseTV, the discount merchandise online retailer, has earned the ranking of #664 of all Internet retailers for North America. This marks an increase in 4 slots over last year. The top online retailers are compiled annually from Internet Retailer magazine.
In addition to earning the ranking of #664 for overall online retailers, PulseTV earned the ranking of #4 in their merchandising category for North America. CEO and Co-founder, Jaffer Ali weighed in on PulseTV’s ranking for the second year in a row, “We fly pretty much under the radar and do not do much PR, so when Internet Retailer approached us last year, we were actually surprised. But making the top 1000 for the second year in a row is really a testament to all of the PulseTV family.”
Stefany Zaroban, Director of Research at Internet Retailer explained how the rankings are determined “We gather, analyze and publish these highly detailed rankings because we are a journalistically driven research organization that uses this information to measure the growth-and the growth drivers-of the North American e-commerce industry. We are as passionate in our coverage of the market as online retailers are in growing web sales.”
Co-founder Anisa Ali is Jaffer’s sister and PulseTV COO. She leads the merchandising team and explained PulseTV’s approach to online retailing.
“We created an online retail experience where we give real deals from real people. In today’s impersonal, data driven insanity, you can always visit PulseTV and see one of our staff reviewing a product on a video we produce in-house. We will point out the flaws along with the benefits. No models, no scripting, no BS. I think that is why our retention rates are so high. Plus we have real customer service. We are not trying to dodge our customers with technology.”
PulseTV attributes its success to building a team that has been together for many years. In the end, many online retailers sell the same merchandise so the reasons consumers pick one retailer over the other are the people that stand behind the products.