While AA and AAA battery sales may make up most of your business, the rise in smaller devices means it is always useful to have a good stock of LR44s, CR 1632s, CD 2032s and other smaller denomination batteries. Remote controls are shrinking fast as consumers prefer not to have hulking pieces of plastic clogging up surfaces in the living rooms. The rise of micro consoles and set top boxes, like the Apple TV and others, are helping to product a marked rise in coin-type battery sales. Keeping these in stock can help boost your business as usage of these devices increases.
Other uses include smaller drones, alarms, personal devices, calculators, hearing aids and many more. With a growing revolt against larger devices - the recent unveiling of Virgin Media's new 4K capable Tivo set top box saw most complaints about the size of the massive remote - expect this trend in downsizing of devices to continue, and a move to smaller format remotes helping to boost their sales. Drones are a particular source of sales, with children's models taking a pair of batteries in the charger or remote control and not lasting a great length of time, given the fun that younger users will have playing with them in the park.
Since these batteries are not rechargeable, sales should continue to rise. As they have a long shelf life, and do not take up much space, they are ideal for stores. With a wider variety of devices moving to these types of batteries, having a good stock is a sensible move. Buyers should also be proactive, and monitor popular new arrivals among children's toys moving toward the seasonal sales, to find out what batteries these new smaller gadgets will take and stock up accordingly. Expect Pokemon to be huge this year, and Star Wars remote control robot BB-8 looks like it will have another good run out. Most of the top toys require batteries, with more LEGO and younger childrens' toys demanding power for lights and movement, so ensure you have plenty of stocks to meet demand across your stores.