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ALCO Stores Inc ( NasdaqGM: ALCS ) is a broad-line retailer, primarily located in small underserved communities across 23 states. The Company has 217 ALCO stores that offer both name brand and private label products of exceptional quality at reasonable prices. We are proud to have continually provided friendly, personal service to our customers for the past 112 years. ALCO Stores, Inc. offers customers a wide variety of products at reasonable prices. Our specialty is delivering those products with the friendly, personal service found in the stores of yesteryear, but with the modern convenience and product selection that today's consumer expects. In a retail market that has sacrificed quality and service for inexpensive products, ALCO has proven to be a winner year after year, as it continues its steady growth throughout the central United States. All of our ALCO stores offer quality merchandise at great value prices. Categories include: Apparel: Men's, Women's, Kids , Automotive , Candy, Snacks, Food , Crafts , Domestics , Electronics, Video, Audio, Gifts , Hardware , Health and Beauty Aids , Housewares , Jewelry , Lawn and Garden , Pet Supplies , ; Seasonal Items , Shoes and Hosiery , Sporting Goods , Stationery and Toys.
Amazon.com, Inc. ( NasdaqGS: AMZN ) a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com , www.amazon.co.uk , www.amazon.de , www.amazon.co.jp , www.amazon.fr , www.amazon.ca , www.amazon.cn , www.amazon.it , www.amazon.es and www.amazon.com.br .
American Greetings Corp ( NYSE: AM) For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-packaging and boxed cards. The Company also has one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web, including greeting cards available at Cardstore.com and electronic greeting cards available at AmericanGreetings.com. In addition to its product lines, the Company creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group . The company created the Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobbie, among others, and develops social expressions products for numerous licensors.
Big Tree Group . Inc. ( OTC:BIGG ) headquartered in Shantou China, a city known in the industry as the premier location for toy manufacturing in China, serves as a "one stop shop" for the sourcing, distribution and specialty manufacturing of toys and related products. Through our Shantou Big Tree Toys subsidiary founded in 2003, we act as an authorized agent for over 8,000 toy manufacturers in China offering in excess of 300,000 varieties of toy products including remote control toys, digital toys, sports toys, play sets, educational toys, dolls, and infant toys. We showcase these products at our two showrooms in Shantou with over 15,000 square meters of display space where we also facilitate orders and combine shipments to destinations across the globe. Customers can also order via our website knowing that the products we represent have undergone rigorous quality control tests at our in-house testing facility. Additionally, we market a line of proprietary construction toys known as Magic Puzzles which we sell on our websites as well as through domestic retail store channels.
Build-A-Bear Workshop ( NYSE: BBW ) is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world website at bearville.com™. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fifth year in a row in 2013.
Canadian Tire Corp. ( TSX:CTC.TO ; CTC-A.TO ) is a Family of Companies that includes Canadian Tire Retail, Partsource, Gas+, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport and Atmosphere), Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial Services. With more than 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets from coast-to-coast, our primary retail business categories - Automotive, Living, Fixing, Playing and Apparel - are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division. Over 85,000 people are employed across the Canadian Tire enterprise, which was founded in 1922 and remains one of Canada's most recognized and trusted brands.
Casdon plc ( LSE:CDY.L ) specializes in the design, tooling and marketing of toy miniature domestic and garden appliances such as Dyson, Hotpoint and Morphy Richards, scaled for role play use by children aged between 3 and 6 years of age. The materials used are thermo plastic moldings, metal tube and printed card, with some sewn fabrics, all of which are made in China and shipped into the UK and other world territories. The Company’s main market is the UK but is having sales successes in the USA, Australia, Japan and Russia. The Company’s main UK customers are Argos, Amazon, Toys R Us and Shop Direct, and the Company also supplies several wholesale buying groups and hundreds of independent toy retailers held within buying groups such as Toymaster and Youngsters. The Company operates out of its own owned purpose built warehouse premises on the outskirts of Blackpool next to the motorway system. The warehouse also houses administration offices on its first floor.
Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao ( NYSE: CBD ) engages in the retail of food and non-food products to individual consumers through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, and the Internet. The company sells non-perishable food products, beverages, fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, cold cuts, and dairy products; cleaning products, disposable products, and personal care products; non-food products, which include clothing items, baby items, shoes and accessories, household articles, books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, stationery, handcraft, toys, sports and camping gear, furniture, mattresses, pet products, and gardening products; and electronics, such as personal computers, software, computer accessories, and sound and image systems. It also provides medications and cosmetics at its drugstores; and non-food products at gas stations. The company operates its stores principally under the Pão de Açúcar, Extra, Extra Eletro, Extra Perto, Extra Fácil, Assai, Ponto Frio, Casas Bahia, Casas Bahia.com, Extra.com, and Ponto Frio.Com trade names.
Costco Wholesale Corp ( NasdaqGS:COST ) operates an international chain of membership warehouses, mainly under the ‘Costco Wholesale’ name, that carry quality, brand name merchandise at substantially lower prices than are typically found at conventional wholesale or retail sources. The warehouses are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use. Individuals may also purchase for their personal needs. Costco's warehouses present one of the largest and most exclusive product category selections to be found under a single roof. Categories include groceries, candy, appliances, television and media, automotive supplies, tires, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewelry, watches, cameras, books, housewares, apparel, health and beauty aids, tobacco, furniture, office supplies and office equipment. Costco is known for carrying top quality national and regional brands, with 100% satisfaction guaranteed, at prices consistently below traditional wholesale or retail outlets.
Dollar General Corp ( NYSE: DG ) has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers ‘Save time. Save money. Every day!(R)’ by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Toy offerings include action figures, licensed brands, stuffed toys, dolls, Learning, video and puzzles and games among others.See the full stock directory here
LF Venture Capital prefers to support existing management of growth-oriented consumer product companies by making significant minority equity investments of US $5 million to $10 million. We focus on companies that can leverage the global sourcing network and product expertise of our parent company, Li & Fung Limited.
We generally avoid start-up opportunities and prefer to participate in later-stage expansion rounds and management buy-outs. While we usually act as lead sponsor of a transaction, we also co-invest with other private equity firms in larger transactions focus on the following consumer product sectors: Garments, Home Furnishings and housewares, Fashion Accessories, Shoes, Handbags and Travel Goods, Gifts and Handicrafts ,Premiums, Toys http://www.lfvc.com/criteria/index.html