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The Top 5 Coolers Your Customers Need to Beat the Heat

Summer picnics and outings may still be a few months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about stocking your store with warm weather essentials, including coolers. Beyond cans of pop, coolers can keep all types of drinks and food cold, sometimes for days at a time. Creatively merchandise these products for different audiences by including add-ons like outdoor chairs, camping equipment and snacks. 

For the Outdoorsy. The Igloo Trailmate Journey 70-Quart Cooler can go anywhere thanks to rugged, oversized wheels. It holds 112 12-ounce beverage cans and comes with Ultratherm Technology built into the body and lid, a built-in butler tray and a locking compartment for keys and other valuables. 

For the Party-Goer. With the ability to hold a 13×9 casserole dish, the Coleman 24-Can Party Stacker™ Cooler is ideal for parties, picnics and summer get-togethers. Molded handles make it easy to carry, and the specially designed base fits the lid of other Coleman Party Stacker items so they are easy to stack and store.

For Those On-the-Go. Take the Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Soft Cooler wherever you need to go; it has a compact, cubed body that is easy to carry and a comfortable shoulder carrying strap. The wide-mouth opening makes it easy to see what’s inside, and the COLDCELL™ insulation keeps items cold for hours. 

For Long Trips. The XPSEC Rotomolded 60 QT High Performance Cooler Ice Chest offers 3 inches of polyurethane insulation that can keep ice frozen for days. It features a leakproof drain plug, pressure release valve for easy opening, built-in compass and bottle openers and heavy duty grab handles.

For Those on a Budget. The Rubbermaid 24-Quart Cooler is affordable but offers superior thermal retention, and a top swing handle makes it easy to carry. The liner is easy-to-clean, the outer shell is stain and odor resistant and the cooler holds 30 cans plus ice. 

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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