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As you prepare for this year’s holiday shopping, it’s likely you have at least one smartphone enthusiast to shop for. In fact, in this day and age, aren’t we all smartphone enthusiasts? Our devices live in our pockets, and it seems we never go more than ten minutes without staring into a tiny screen. When deciding on gifts for friends and relatives , it’s important to keep this digital obsession in mind. Here are the top five smartphone-related presents to consider this year. Smartphone Gloves Even when the winter is at its coldest, smartphone fanatics will want to be able to use their phone outside. This can cause problems when it’s so cold ...
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Covid19 is creating new sales challenges because buyer behavior has and continues to change. It has impacted our daily lives and how we go about doing business. Salespeople I have spoken to feel demotivated to the point of becoming immobilized. The greater fear appears to be failing to achieve sales targets and losing their jobs, than the threat of contracting the virus. The current situation is serious, with some industries decimated. However, it has birthed new businesses and created sales records for others. So, if you are in a sales slump because of Covid19 how can you turn it around? Attitude Beliefs directly affect attitude and in turn impact on ...
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Starting or owning a retail business nowadays is tough. The competition is fierce and if you cannot compete with the big players in the game, your business is bound to sink. It does not matter good the products you are selling are, if the price is not right, things are not going to be easy.  There are so many vendors and brands to choose from today and you do not even have to buy from your own country or state. Online shopping has opened global borders and people are not afraid to shop online anymore. So how are you going to save money to keep your prices competitive? Buying in bulk. Where to buy from When it comes to buying in bulk, many ...
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Improving the ability to deliver software may involve changing how work gets done within an organization. Lean and agile practices offer capabilities that can change company culture and behavior. They can enhance cooperation, continuous learning, surfacing of problems, breaking down of silos and experimentation to bring about improvements. Measuring productivity is difficult and metrics to look at for software delivery performance include deployment frequency, lead time, time to restore service and what percentage of changes to production fail.  These metrics measure both tempo and reliability. Optimizing software delivery performance is worth doing ...
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There is no denying that the coronavirus has altered life around the world. One of the more unsettling changes has been school closures.    Not only do parents have to work remotely at home, but they have also got their children there too. As a parent, you cannot give up on your kid’s education. There are ways that you will have to approach this new way of educating your kids while they are forced to be at home during the pandemic.    There should still be routine   It will not be easy getting your kids out of bed for a ‘normal’ school day. They need to know that there will still be routine at home . You also want to make it fun ...
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Buying a used car, unlike a new one straight from the dealers, can be a walk into the unknown and quite challenging. A new car is, well, new and its mechanical condition guaranteed under manufacturer warranty for a period giving the buyer peace of mind.  Other than the physical looks, the mechanical condition of a used car is a matter of blind faith without a professional inspection and depends on what the sales agent or owner claims. Here are a few essentials you need when shopping for a used car. Know what you want Before you start shopping for a used car to buy, first decide what type of car suits your preferences and the budget available. Things ...
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Safety within manufacturing facilities is as important to workers as it is to factory owners. It is essential for the protection of workers from illnesses, injuries, and even death. For factory owners, it saves you from property damage, workers’ compensation, OSHA fines, recovery costs, and lost reputations. Here are five mandatory safety measures to observe at manufacturing facilities. Safe housekeeping A cluttered work area with all manner of equipment, items, exposed conduits and cables, and cylinder hoses are a disaster in waiting. Greasy or slippery floors are patently dangerous to staff moving around the factory.  Exposed poor quality power ...
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Customer service is the lifeblood of any business, whether it is a brick and mortar business or an online one. Your business could sell products, odder a service or some combination of both. No matter what your business does or where it is located, you must provide your customers with excellent customer service. This will keep them coming back to you by building loyalty. It will also help them recommend your business to their friends and family, building your clientele.   How do you improve your customer service? Here are 15 excellent customer service examples to think about instituting in your business to help it grow.     Listen to what ...
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The Client American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is an organization dedicated to the progressive development and public awareness of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. They are committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials and research in support of the music therapy profession. The Problem Professionalism is crucial for AMTA and the music therapy profession as a whole; they strive to uphold the highest level of excellence and credentialing for therapists and practitioners. To maintain this reputation of excellence, AMTA was interested in raising ...
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With each year that passes, businesses face more advanced and sophisticated attacks against their systems. With more companies relying on cloud systems, it is easier for cyber attackers to breach into their internal files and use them maliciously.  Therefore, companies must have adequate security protocols in place to mitigate cyberattacks and contain them before they turn into an even larger problem.  Startup companies using cloud-based systems should put cybersecurity at the forefront of their to-do list. They should work towards being SOC-2 compliant and here is a guide to help startups navigate their path to getting their certification: ...
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Do You Have a Great Tech Idea You Want to Profit From?     In today’s technologically advanced world, there is a constant need for new and unique tech products for consumers in many industries. From mobile devices to on-the-go office products, people around the world rely on technology every single day. Have you ever wondered how these products make it to stores or how much profit their inventors make from them? It isn't an easy process, and you will have to take some important steps, but if you are determined to join the ranks of tech inventors, you will be able to find your niche.   Many tech products were thought of by someone without ...
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Project at a Glance Timeframe Jan-Mar 2020 Project Length 12 weeks Sector Education Where Baltimore, MD The Client Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer id auctor erat. Nunc ultrices nibh vel tellus dignissim pretium. Aenean vitae ipsum non ligula dignissim sollicitudin at at elit. Pellentesque faucibus dictum facilisis. Integer sed enim tortor. Donec diam neque, dignissim et sagittis commodo, fermentum eu eros. Nam pellentesque quis tellus ac ultrices. Suspendisse vitae diam at lorem aliquet auctor non quis dui. Aliquam eget diam tempor, lobortis urna a, convallis erat. Cras ...
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The application window is open for TSL Cross Regional Grants .  These grants were created as part of our efforts to generate more collaboration across the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, and Asia, Australia and New Zealand).  The grants and application process are described below, with one grant aimed at doctoral students to study abroad and the other more broadly focused at driving collaborative research.  The deadline for submission is August 3, 2020.  The awards will be announced at the TSL Business Meeting at INFORMS on November 9, 2020.  The selection committee is composed of the three International Liaisons ...
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Deadline: 28 August, 2020 The INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society requests proposals for the 2021 TSL Annual Workshop. As with previous workshops, TSL will be accepting proposals to host the workshop at “any” location. Considerations: Proposals should answer the following questions: Who will be the chair(s) of the conference? Who else will be involved in organizing the conference? When and where will the conference be held? Why is the chosen city an attractive location for a TSL Workshop? Notably, is the location accessible to a large number of participants and would they want to visit the location? What is the theme of ...
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Taking certification courses, like the Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-103, is a way for those interested in cloud computing IT fields to improve their skills and advance their careers.  Microsoft is recognized as one of the foremost cloud computing platforms and for anyone wanting a career in the field of cloud computing, obtaining AZ-103 certification is a good first step.  Exam overview Microsoft has retired AZ-100 and AZ-101 and replaced them with AZ-103 certification. The new exam includes the skills of both, with most of the revised exam coming from AZ-100. Questions: The exam consists of about 40-60 questions, some of which are case ...
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The Multiple Worksite Report (BLS 3020) was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor to gather employment data. This data shows the distribution of employment and wages for businesses with multiple locations by geographic area and industry.  It allows for accurate reports to be prepared relating to the economic condition of business activities within different areas and industries.  Who needs to complete a Multiple Worksite report? A worksite is a location where business is conducted or where industrial operations are performed. Some examples of worksites are factories, stores, hotels or restaurants. Many employers conduct business in more ...
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A quality central air conditioner can be costly and most people look for ways to buy one at a better price. Some believe it’s better to buy a central air conditioner during the slower winter months.  The misconception is that you will get better prices because demand is low. The truth is that winter months are often still a very busy time for any legitimate air conditioning and heating company.  Winter isn’t the time to buy People who want to have their air conditioning units replaced often choose the winter months to do it. They can save on delivery and installation costs by replacing air conditioning units at the same time as replacing or repairing ...
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When you are thinking about life insurance and final expenses, you must know how much a funeral will cost. Funerals can be very expensive, but you can use prepaid plans to defray those costs as much as possible. Use this list to determine how much your funeral will cost, to pay for the funeral early, and to remove that financial burden from your family. What Are Prepaid Funeral Plans? Monthly funeral plans allow you to pay off the cost of a funeral long before you believe you will pass on. You can go to the funeral home now to ask about funeral plans, and they will create a contract that includes everything you want in the funeral plan. You will ...
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Have you thought about taking a life coach skills training program? The interesting thing about this newer set of soft skills is people come from all walks of life and working backgrounds to coach others using their real-world knowledge. Any combination of experiences could have prepared you to assist others as they pursue their life’s journey. Here are 5 life coaching skills that managers can use in every industry to help their employees succeed: Teaching others how to be a better problem-solver When people talk out their problems and look at what they want to achieve from different angles, they often discover their own solutions. Life ...
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