MARY BETH ALLEN
After 25 years in retail merchandising and product development, I launched an eco-friendly cleaning products company with my business partner, who invented the formulas in her kitchen. I developed the packaging -- also eco-friendly -- and set up production and distribution. The natural products brand still sell on Amazon, Zulily and in retailers around the world under the name Savvy Green.
Based on that experience, I found I could help others who had good ideas and sometimes even successful products but lacked other experience. I supported Joyful Bath Co. on Amazon with A+ Marketing, Pricing and Compliance. I worked with LTA International Services in sourcing and brand development, setting up a system to handle international quotes and Amazon.com review. I consulted in product development with Woolworth’s in Australia and product quotes in China.
My first product development experience came at age 21 as a "foundations" buyer for a Jacksonville, Fla.,based retailer, when I made my first trip as a buyer to New York City. I've been doing it ever since, for May Department Stores and eventually as a Divisional Vice President in the Home Division for Bealls Department Store, one of the largest privately held retail companies in Florida and US. I have extensive experience as a Buyer (earned “Buyer of the Year” for Bealls), Merchandise Manager, Advertising/Marketing Manager and Product Development Coordinator including importing for home, textile, food and accessories categories.
With extensive global connections, I travel for trade and import/export in China, Taiwan, India and Europe. I've developed private brands in housewares, kitchen products, seasonal decorative & gifts, home/garden décor and textiles.