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Press Release: Summer 2012 Positive for Irish Online Business

Here is the text of a Press Release we have sent out today about Summer 2012 being a good one for PuddleDucks:

Summer 2012 Positive for Irish Online Business.

Despite the wet weather, many Irish families have still enjoyed the great outdoors this summer.  Irish online retailer, PuddleDucks.ie has had a busy summer kitting out families with a combination of waterproofs and wetsuits.   Their sales have shown an increase of over 30% from last summer.

Cork-based PuddleDucks specialise in outdoor wear for children.  With so many families choosing to holiday in Ireland this year, along with the worst summer weather for 26 years1, they have been busy all summer with online orders from all corners of Ireland.

Suzanne Kingston, owner of PuddleDucks.ie commented   “Our customers were determined to make the most of the school holidays and not be put off by the weather.  Parents came to us to get wetsuits for warmer days at the beach and waterproofs for the rainy days, meaning their children were able to spend most of the summer outdoors. As they say in Sweden – where all of our waterproofs come from – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing!”

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About PuddleDucks:
Founded in 2005 and based in Carrigaline, Co. Cork, PuddleDucks is Ireland’s leading online retailer of outdoor clothing for children. Their range includes Swedish designed rain dungarees, jackets and trousers for children, as well as waterproof clothing and work wear for adults. Their beach and sun wear range includes children’s wetsuits, UV protection gear and sunglasses. PuddleDucks won the Best Online Trader award in the Irish Internet Association’s Net Visionary Awards 2009. They offer secure online shopping through their website at www.puddleducks.ie.
Contact Information: Suzanne Kingston, PuddleDucks
Website: www.puddleducks.ie
Phone: 087 685 9088 / 021 4372917
Email: info@puddleducks.ie

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PuddleDucks Summer Photo Competition

We know it hasn’t been a vintage summer weatherwise but hopefully you all had a chance to get out and about and enjoy some family fun in the great outdoors. And if you have some nice snaps why not enter our Summer Photo competition. You could win our fab new Fleece-lined Waterproof Set in time for the chilly days of autumn. Also, every entrant gets a 10% discount off their next order at PuddleDucks.

Send your photo to us at photos@puddleducks.ie and please let us know a little bit of info about the photo. Please also include your name and contact phone number.

Terms and Conditions:

  • You can send as many photos as you like (the more the merrier!)
  • The closing date for entry is the 26th August
  • One winner will be selected and will win a fab new Fleece-lined Waterproof set
  • Each entrant will be also be sent a 10% discount voucher for their next PuddleDucks purchase
  • By sending your photo you agree that the photo can be also posted to our Facebook and Pinterest pages
  • Please feel free to post your photos directly on our Facebook page but please also send it to us by email
  • Please send us the photos in jpeg format in as high a resulution as possible

And below is our own summer photo of our boy Jake, body-boarding on a beach in Kerry.

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Our own Summer Ideas campaign

When we started PuddleDucks a few years ago we thought that it would be a seasonal business. We’d be busy in the autumn, winter and spring and we’d be quiet during the summer months. For the first couple of years this turned out to be the case but last year was different. Due to the “bad summer” with its huge amount of rainfall we were very busy – with August 2008 our busiest month for sales ever. We felt a little guilty about this – as everyone was feeling glum about day after day of rain, here at PuddleDucks we had order after order coming in.  At least we felt we were helping our customers and their families to get out and about – whatever the weather.

A fine day during Summer 2008

A fine day during Summer 2008

So what will summer 2009 bring? Will it be a bad summer, like last year or will it be the good summer that everyone is hoping for this year?  Like everyone else we hope it’s a good summer – as we’re only human and we love the sunshine! But the business also needs sales during this period – so we’re planning on expanding the range to add “good summer” products.

But what new products will we add?  This is where we’d like your help. Can you think of any new summer clothes or summer items we should add to the PuddleDucks range? They would need to be fairly compatible with our current range and we should concentrate on kids stuff.

My ideas so far are for kids wetsuits and UV suits. Good idea or Bad idea? – please let us know. We’re well aware that these items can be found at your local Dunnes/Lidl at quite a low cost. There would need to be a good reason to purchase them from PuddleDucks such as better quality or a certain better known brand.

We’d love to hear your ideas on this. Are there any items that you have problems finding in Ireland or any items that you needed to buy online from abroad? We welcome all ideas – however wacky!

The best idea submitted will get a €50 PuddleDucks voucher. Please add your idea to the comments on this post. Thanks a lot.

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