Technology Continues to Transform Lives

insuranceThink about how far technology has come in the last 10 years or the last 5 years for that matter. Think about how many things you do differently because of technology. No longer do you have to look in the phone book for insurance agents and call them and give out your information over the phone only to wait a few days for them to get back to you with a quote. Now you can get online and fill out some information and get car insurance quotes from multiple companies with a click of a button all in a fifteen minute span. That’s how technology has changed our lives. (more…)


Do You Need Data Recovery Devices?

One of the many questions you may ask, whether it is a PC that is used at home, or one that you use for work purposes, is: Do You Need Data Recovery Devices? Although the answer might seem like no at first, and you think you can protect data through online service sites, and by saving data regularly on flash drives, but if you really want to be safe, then you may want to consider looking in to the data recovery devices. (more…)


5 Ways Medical Companies Can Use Technology to Evolve

The Internet is swiftly becoming a central part of all of our lives.  We use it when we get up in the morning to check the weather.  We use it to send messages to our friends and colleagues.  We use it to entertain ourselves.  We use it to create a persona for ourselves using social media.  Medical companies ought to make sure they’re not left behind as our society changes and becomes more and more connected by the web.

Here are some ways companies can take advantage of the resources the Internet provides, and to make sure they keep abreast of current technology.

1. Use YouTube to Advertise

Once, placing advertisements on television would ensure that you would reach all audiences – that you would get your message across efficiently and broadly.  However, many people are giving up television time and spending it on their computers.  Buying an advertising slot on YouTube can ensure that your campny Is seen and heard.  An added benefit is that while people are on their computers, they are more likely to follow links to companies’ sites and find out more about them.

2. Create a Website

In today’s economy, Googling is how people learn about what is out there and available to them.  It is important to make sure that you have a web presence so that those seeking medical services will see you and be able to become acquainted with the services you offer.  Having a website adds authority and professionalism – if you’re not on the web, people will wonder why.  They will be more likely to go with a company that invests time into making themselves accessible.  It is also important that the website is clean, easy to navigate, and easy to read.  When it comes to websites, image is everything.

3. Harvest the Deep Web

Many people are not aware of the vast potential of the Internet.  They are most familiar with what is known as the Surface Web, or the sites that a Google or Bing search will uncover.  However much lies beyond and below – a vast wealth of data that could be of use to companies.  Organizations such as BrightPlanet allow you to harvest information that regular web browsers cannot access, and can expose trends, discussions, and research that would otherwise be inaccessible.  Although often associated with the trafficking of illegal substances and other illicit activities, the anonymity it affords also provides a forum for free speech and the exchange of ideas.  The Deep Web can be an extremely fruitful resource, when used properly.

4. Develop a Twitter Following

Tweeting can be an excellent and concise way to distribute information quickly.  Tweets can alert people to offers and other pertinent information in a format that is easy for readers to consume.  Twitter allows for pithy advertisements that stick with readers.

5. Create a Facebook Page

Facebook has become an integral part of the way in which people network and learn about the world around them.  Appearing on people’s Facebook feeds is an excellent way to raise awareness and become more visible.  This is also a good forum to share images and links that lead people to the company’s main website.


How Online Commerce Has Shaped The Pet Food Market

Before the Internet, pet owners would go to the nearest store and have a rather small selection of pet food to choose from.

Most pet owners only had a very vague idea of their pet’s nutritional requirements and would choose their pet food in function of how appealing the package looked or in function of the ads they saw on TV.

The Internet changed the pet food market by making information easier to access. Pet owners can now make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the ideal food for their pet.

Overall, pet owners know a lot more about nutritional requirements and health problems that could be caused by low quality foods thanks to the amount of information available on this topic.

Pet owners used to go to their veterinarians to get recommendations on the best brands of pet food or they would follow the advice they heard in TV commercials.

It is now possible to find reviews written by other pet owners to get recommendations. Having access to detailed reviews makes finding quality pet food a lot easier and means that pet owners do not have to rely on the recommendations of a TV commercial.

Shopping on the Internet is a great way to get access to a wide selection of products. Brands that are not available in most stores can be easily found on the Internet. Pet owners have never had access to such a huge selection of products before the Internet.

Organic pet foods made entirely from natural ingredients are becoming a more popular options since they are easily accessible on the Internet.

Online shopping also allows users to compare prices before making a purchase. Shoppers have the option to buy pet food from major retailers or from online shopping platforms. Small companies also have a chance since they can advertise a unique product and sell it to their customers without having to distribute to stores the pet food they manufacture.

Pet owners have more options than ever before and they will not hesitate to test different brands if they are not fully satisfied with the pet food they tried in the past. They can also easily look up the health problems their pet is encountering or simply read about their nutritional requirements and decide to purchase different types of pet foods depending on the age or health of their pet.

E-commerce is rapidly growing and the number of people who shop online is increasing. Purchasing pet food in a store is convenient to some pet owners because they can get the pet food while they shop for groceries and do not have to wait a few days for the pet food to be shipped to their home. However, shipping methods are constantly improving and becoming faster, which means online shopping should be even more convenient in the future.

Overall, pet owners have access to more information and to a wider selection of products thanks to the Internet.

Buying pet food online means pet owners can easily compare prices and get a product that truly corresponds to the needs of their pet.


Improving the HAZMAT Certification process

The HAZMAT testing process has always been a difficult one. From the coordination of qualified trainers to finding the right kind of classroom in which to train, the access needed to obtain a needed certification for hazardous materials hasn’t been readily accessible over time. With our history of improving computer-based processes for several other industries, we knew that we would be able to bring our expertise here.

What some firms have done is improve the online learning process so that anyone with a computer or mobile device would be able to obtain the certification they need. Rather than need to drive across town, across their state or province, or take a long business trip across the country because there wasn’t a local certification class, a number of online providers have worked hard to develop an accredited process that would make learning simple and easy.

There was a lot of trial and error during the development process. There were some unexpected setbacks thanks to the unique nature of this industry. Hazardous materials can take many shapes and forms, as well as provide unique dangers that aren’t always industry-wide. Asbestos, for example, is known to cause a deadly lung cancer. Bleach, on the other hand, has other issues which need to be handled.

How could these wide variety of issues be brought together? Through effective online training. By choosing to work with some of the top training professionals in the industry, they have been able to design a comprehensive, one-stop solution to meet your training needs. Technology has changed the world operates and we believe that HAZMAT training should be updated to reflect these updates. Why be stuck in a 40 hour or longer training class when you could complete the same training, on your own, in maybe half the time?

As the development process continued, we begain to notice that more people were able to pass their certification tests the first time around than those who studied in a traditional classroom environment. There was a noticeable increase in total information retention. Because of technology, test scores are increasing. The process itself is becoming much, much easier for everyone involved. There’s even fewer people who forget to renew their certifications thanks to e-mail reminders and automatic responses!

Because of the ease of today’s modern learning and testing methods, it has become more affordable for everyone to get their certification. It is even becoming a best practice for those with only minor interactions with dangerous goods to receive a full training in the industry because of how easy and affordable it has become. We’re proud to have been a part of the process that has made that happen and we want to make sure our experience can continue to work in your benefit.

Because many jobs require you to get your HAZMAT certification to be able to successfully gain employment, nervousness becomes a large factor in test scores of candidates. We help to put your mind at ease here by providing you with the resources and information you need to have confidence. You can then take that confidence into your class, ace your test, and do your job successfully.


How Technology Has Transformed the Grooming Industry

It’s no news that technology has transformed the grooming industry. Gone are the days when barbers cut hair with hand-operated devices such as scissors and combs. Then came in hand-operated clippers; now, we have electric hair clippers in various models and shapes. Initially, they came with cords but overtime, manufacturers have introduced cordless models, waterproof products with different battery technologies. Today, you have the consumer grade (which are suited for home use) as well as professional grade (which are suited towards heavy usage).

Electric hair clippers didn’t come into being until the early 1920s when Mathew Andis, Sr. introduced a model that passed series of performance tests. He sold the product with the help of Anna, his wife. Gradually, this led to the establishment of the Andis Company (which is still in business today).

Andis’ pioneering efforts was followed by the John Oster Manufacturing Company which ventured into the electric clipper market and established itself as the industry standard in the USA. Today, many other companies make electric clippers, both branded and unbranded units.

Companies such as Conair, Wahl and Philips Norelco occupy a solid space in the clipper industry with Wahl introducing the world’s first lithium ion facial hair trimmer in 2009. In 2012, it raised the bar again with the introduction of the Lithium Ion + Stainless Steel Trimmer and Lithium Ion Clipper. They are battery-powered clippers which can be used anywhere and for twice as long as standard NiMH / NiCad clippers (which equates to about four hours between charges).

Philips Norelco is another contender in the men’s personal grooming products market. It specializes in the manufacture of electric razors, beard and mustache trimmers, as well as hair clippers. For over 50 years, this company has pioneered several breakthroughs in the grooming market with innovation and creativity.

Today, there are different hair clipper models which can be used at home or salons. They function in different strengths and have adjustable blades as well as attachments. Professional hair clippers are usually made for heavy use and are made with metallic materials as opposed to plastic. The blades are also produced from stainless steel to avoid rusting. Some are even made of ceramic to stay sharper longer and to protect the clippers from damage.

Due to technology, men are able to choose from a wide-range of clippers (as personal grooming is taking center stage, unlike in the past when you had to depend on stylists or barbers to get your hair done). Most guys prefer the do-it-yourself route and technology makes that possible.

Due to improvements in the grooming industry, a man can cut his hair all by himself. Wives can barb the hair of their husbands while mothers can give their sons basic haircuts. This saves the whole family time and money.

Selecting the best hair clippers for grooming is really not that difficult nowadays. You just need to know what you want and go all out for it. You can really look like a million dollars without spending much money.


Amazon: How Technology Has Shaped Shipping

Logistics is one of the last things we tend to focus on, it doesn’t matter if you’re a big company or a small company logistics doesn’t get much glory. The only time someone wants to deal with a shipping representative is when they’re calling to complain because their parcels got lost. With the advent of computers and the internet the way we do business has completely changed. These technologies have allowed us to monitor our shipments in real time, something which can help put us at ease if we have an important parcel that needs to get to a certain location on time. Amazon was one of the key drivers for e-commerce and how we purchase and ship goods today.

Shipping has changed, because a number of online e-products are now sold in place of things like DVDs and books, physical items that always needed to be shipped. Speaking of books, you can purchase any book and download it straight to your Kobo or Kindle. Once upon a time if you wanted a very specific book that your local Barnes and Nobles didn’t have you’d either have to get them to order it to their store or have it physically shipped to your house.

And what about tracking. One the biggest innovations in shipping has come way of the internet. Online tracking. Everything has always had shipping labels attached to it in order for the good to be tracked within the shipping companies system. What has changed is the ability for consumers to no longer have to call the help desk and ask “where’s my package” every second day. Now you can simply log into UPS.com or whoever else you may have shipped your parcel and check. And they’re getting better and better at it, once upon a time it used to only show “shipped” and “delivered”. Now it will tell you exactly where the package is because they barcodes were scanned in Chicago two hours and four minutes ago. And it’s set to go into transit again and will be landing in New York in seven hours. It’s pretty cool how we can now tap into their real time systems to take some of the worry and panic out of shipping.

For domestic shipping technology has made it a breeze. However, anytime I’m shipping anything across the border I always use Jori, a customs clearance company will make your life way easier. Dealing with customs documents is a pain and if you’re business you can’t afford to have your products show up late because they got held up at the border.

There are a number of cool technologies on the verge which will once again change logistics. Amazon has released the idea of delivery drones. That could be an entire new article, if you’re interested in reading more about that I suggest you check out this article on CNN.


How Herbergers Used Technology To Grow Their Cologne Sales

With the advancement of technology, it’s possible to sit in front of your computer wearing nothing but your pajamas and with a few simple clicks, purchase your favorite cologne. Department store giant Herbergers, noticed this market change, and changed their company initiatives to rock online sales. After making your purchase, in less than 4 days, your cologne will arrive safely in your mailbox or front door. Thanks to technology, you will be able to save time and energy that would have been used walking from shop to shop looking for your favorite cologne. Apart from saving on time and energy, here are some other benefits of purchasing colognes online Herbergers noticed, and implemented on their website.

Selection – Finding the perfect cologne can be extremely difficult when when walking through the mall. Most stores are only going to carry the top selling fragrances leaving the special and rare colognes off your radar. On Herberger’s website, there are hundreds of colognes that they don’t need to waste shelf space for! This gives you a chance to find an outstanding cologne that isn’t like everyone else.

Cheaper Prices – Since Herbergers does not have to pay for employees, rent, people stealing their products, or other business costs, they can charge a significant discount for using their site! It is cheaper to run an online shop, give discounts and you can still make a profit. When you buy online you will get your cologne at a cheaper price and still save time. Herberger’s will save you anywhere from 10-50 percent of the department store cost.

Price Comparison – Comparing prices is one of the best benefits of online purchases. When buying online, you will have the opportunity to compare the different prices before making a final decision. At the mall you have to run from one end to the other and try to remember what the price was and if the first price was the best, you have run all the way back to that store. Online you can just bargain shop from a couple of store with just a few clicks. Herberger’s makes price comparison easy by allowing you to add items to your cart and also redeem coupons that you may have received to lower the cost and make purchasing through them much easier.

Reviews – When you purchase colognes online, you will receive a great opportunity to read other people’s reviews on the product. This is beneficial because you will get to know more about the products and its pros and cons before buying. When heading into a department store, you are typically only receiving one person’s opinion which is the checkout lady. One person’s opinion is nothing compared to the thousands of online who can help you find the best men’s cologne.

Returns and Replacements – It is a myth to think you cannot return an item that was purchased online. If you have purchased cologne online and find out that it is not what you wanted, you can generally still return it. If you buy from a popular online store like Herbergers, they allow you to return your products just by placing a return label on the box and sending it back. A very simple process that usually allows you to make a return without ever leaving your house.

Buying cologne in stores is seriously outdated. With the advancement of technology you are wasting your time and money running into the stores to purchase something that most often you could have purchased from the comfort of your own home. I urge you to reconsider your methods and give online cologne shopping a chance!


Using The Power Of The Internet To Find An Acne Treatment Method That Worked For Me

Recently, I have been having trouble with a mild case of adult acne. I never much trouble with acne when I was growing up, and I don’t know what’s causing it now, but it’s probably stress-related would be my guess.

So, this past weekend I decided to look for a solution to my problem, and here’s where the power of technology never ceases to amaze me. In the past, I might have called my local doctor or dermatologist, booked an expensive appointment, started taking some type of medication, and maybe or maybe not get any results. Now, however, I can get the same information, and oftentimes much more information more quickly by going online and taking advantage of the power of one of a number of search engines.

After doing some initial research, I found this website that was particularly useful. It was full of detailed information about what causes acne, what acne is, how to get rid of acne, and everything else you might want to know about acne.

I really liked the information about various types of natural acne treatments that I found on that website. I’m a big fan of treating things naturally whenever possible, because I feel like modern medicine always creates a lot of unforeseen side effects because of drug interactions, toxic buildup of all the chemicals inside your body, and other things.

Therefore I really enjoyed reading about ways to cure your acne using natural products like aloe vera, olive oil, Epsom salt, and others. These natural remedies were particularly appealing to me because I had most of them around my house already.

I decided to try one of them, and seeing as I have some nice lemon trees in my backyard, I chose to try using fresh lemon juice for acne. However, before I fully committed to this new treatment, I decided it would be prudent to do some further background research, and make sure that this treatment was effective for other people before I gave it a try.

Once again, I harnessed the power of my favorite search engine, and using a couple of advanced search operators, I was able to find some really good feedback from other people that had tried using lemon juice to treat their acne. It seemed that the majority of people that have tried this particular treatment found it to be very successful. I also found some useful warnings from people that had burned their skin by using undiluted lemon juice, and some other people that cautioned not to go out in the sun while you had lemon juice on your skin.

Feeling like I had thoroughly researched this particular treatment method, I decided to go about including it into my daily routine. I began applying a diluted mixture of lemon juice and water to my face for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinsing it off with water.

It really seems to do the trick. I started to notice that my acne was drying up and beginning to fade away. I also noticed that the lemon juice seemed to be helping fade my old acne scars from when I was a kid. The one problem I encountered, common to many acne treatments, is that the lemon juice was really drying out my skin.

Once again, I turned to the power of technology, and did a couple searches for good ways to moisturize my skin. On the same website, I found an article talking about using aloe vera, and another article saying that you could use olive oil to help moisturize your skin. I decided to give that a try, and after a few more weeks my skin was back to its normal clear and healthy look.

This is just one example of how technology can save us time, money, and lead us to solutions to our everyday problems. It never ceases to amaze me. I don’t know how people got through their days before they had access to all of the wonderful modern amenities and technologies that we have access to nowadays!


How Saeco revolutionized the office coffee machine

Across the entire planet, business is happening at any second. There are countless offices spanning the globe. Each of them are working to further their own agenda. There is collaboration, communication, and sometimes a bit of disagreement. Whatever these office workers may be trying to accomplish, one common denominator unites nearly every 9-5 white collar worker: a dependence on coffee. Any respectable office contains a frequently used coffee machine. This device holds the keys to productivity throughout the entire team, so few would argue its importance.

Despite its extreme prominence in the workforce, office coffee machines are often neglected. Your office coffee machine might be an old device that someone brought from their home. Maybe it’s a cheap buy someone picked up at the dollar store. This approach reveals a tremendous oversight; considering your success or failure as a company could depend on the quality of coffee your workers enjoy.

Enter the Saeco coffee machine. Gone are the days of only so-so office coffee. With Saeco’s line of coffee and espresso machines, the office scene received a much needed face-lift. Why are Saeco coffee machines so great? These machines are of high quality, but not of high price. The company began in Italy and has had a passion for coffee since their start. Their own patented brewing system allows for some unique advantages. For example, the aroma that comes from a Saeco coffee machine is much stronger than that of a normal machine. In addition, the espresso machines handle milk froth in a unique way that greatly increases the quality. When grinding your coffee, the ceramic grinders these machines contain will never overheat; providing you with a more consistent experience.

All of Saeco’s machines are environmentally friendly. Each ingredient is asked for in just the right dose so that waste is greatly reduced. These machines also feature an automatic rinsing system. This means you nor your co-workers need to take time away from your true work in order to clean the machine. A lot of effort has gone into making these coffee machines simple, so that you can focus on your work.

Some of the products Saeco offers include the Xelsis, Exprelia, Intelia, Minuto, Intuita, Syntia, Royal, and Idea lines. They also have several manual espresso machines. They offer excellent and responsive customer support as well. Aside from plain coffee, you can make a wide range of beverages using Saeco machines. These inlcude Espresso, Cafe Crème, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Espresso Macchiato, Frothed Milk, or just plain old hot water.

If you want to give your office an extra edge, pick up one of Saeco’s elegant and affordable coffee solutions. When workers are pampered, they are more likely to appreciate their jobs, and in turn are more likely to work harder. Saeco gives you a great way to offer some luxury while staying on a budget. A high quality build and extensive warranty are also very assuring. When you purchase a Saeco coffee machine, you know you can enjoy it for a long time to come.


How the Internet Can Help Property Developers

Like everything in life these days, the internet can help a property developer in a multitude of ways. The variety of useful pieces of software now available is crucial to the easy management of the business and generally makes life easier.

So if you are looking to start a new venture, or go computerised on your existing one, here are some pointers about what’s available.

Developer Software

The basic property developer software style packages, do a multitude of jobs in one place. These can include accounting software specially designed for this area of business and project cost data to help monitor real-time what funds are involved in any project. The software can also help with financial reporting at the end of the year as it is all integrated.

Home Building Software

Another useful aspect is management of the whole of a project where a custom home is being developed. It integrates accounting, sales, contracts, scheduling even warranty information as well as the options required for the job.

Management Software

Once the property is finished, this side of the software market can allow you to manage the property or properties you have completed. Again it can assist with financial reporting as well as recovery of expenses where possible, costing of the project. There is also the facility to keep property and build costs specifics for later use.

Customer Services

Many of these software producers will also provide customer services to back you up. This means if you are new to computerised management of your business, a real person can be available for guiding you through the process.

A few of the companies will even provide training either in person or over the internet, so depending on the size of your organisation, this may prove cost effective. Some offer the facility to transfer data from an older version or another type of software so that all of your data is in one place.

Landlord Software

If you are retaining the property after development to be rented out, then there is also a wealth of software available which is specially designed for landlords. From managing tenancy agreement and conducting tenant credit checks to accounting software and repair logs, there are also a range of products available.

Some of these feature free options, perhaps suitable for people managing a single property, right up to a subscription based software to manage a host of properties.

Property Databases

Another new facet available are searchable databases of properties which have been repossessed and are available at lower than average prices.

These also feature information about below market average properties, usually auctions, which are coming available. So if you are looking for a new renovation opportunity, then these databases can take a lot of the searching out of the job for you.

Most are subscription based but some off the ability to pay a one off charge to access the database for a specific period of time, which allows you to get the flavour of what’s involved and see if it is for you.


Solar Power Impact on Businesses

With millions of megawatts consumed every year, businesses are always in search of alternatives to cut off on their bill. Efficient, easy to mount and eco-friendly, the solar panels seem to have been the perfect solution for giant companies as well as for local businesses. The latest drops in prices, new silicone cell technologies and government incentives are further reasons to give solar panels a chance. IKEA is one of the companies who understood the potential of solar power for their business and now has over 89% of their electricity supplies coming from their on-site solar panels. Another important player on the market is Walmart, which has over 89 MW installed in the US. And they are not the only one! According to SEIA, the number of solar panels installed for commercial used increased by 40% in 2013 compared to the number of panels installed for same purpose in 2012. But what it is about solar panels that is so attractive for businesses all over the world?

Lock-in prices for electricity

When conducting a business, it is important to correctly evaluate the expenses. Yet, the price of electricity has varied significantly in the past years, making an accurate evaluation almost impossible. Investing in solar panels reduces and locks-in the electricity prices , leaving the managers covered in this sector. There are lots of other things changing when managing a business, so why not take advantage of things which can offer a certain stability?

Better prices on solar equipment for companies

The prices of solar panels have dropped considerably in the past years. It is estimated that the solar power systems were 30% cheaper in 2013 compared to 2010. Furthermore, large orders of solar power equipment benefit from considerable rebates. Lease packages and power purchase agreements are also available, so that the company can choose the best option for its profile. If we add up governmental incentives for solar panels , we obtain a fairly good price for this alternative source of energy.

Reduced bills by selling the excess electricity

Solar panels are dependent on the weather, therefore, giving up on the local power grid is not an option. In fact, this connection can provide extra money for the company by selling the electricity which is produced by the solar panels, but not used. While during the winter, there are hardly any chances of covering the entire electricity need from solar panels, in summer the panels will more likely produce more than the building can consume. The local grid purchases the excess electricity and delivers it to other consumers. Therefore you not only use the unused electricity and get money for it, but the local community also benefits from green energy directly from their local power grid.

Eco-friendly approach = better reputation

We all want a better world, free of chemicals and pollution. Solar panels are one step further in diminishing pollution , especially when used by companies with huge electricity needs. When grouped with a good marketing, the eco-friendly orientation of the company can only please existent clients and attract new ones. More and more people chose to support environmentally friendly companies by purchasing from them or using their services. This can only translate in a better reputation for the company and better performance on the long term.

Solar panels produce a benefit change in company’s financial statement. Most of the companies which have (partially) switched to green energy have reported an improvement in their bottom line and a considerable reduction on the electricity bill. Giants like Costco, Apple, Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, Google and Bank of America financed solar panel systems on-site or in different places of the country and there is no reason why other businesses should not follow them. Would you consider such an investment for your company?


How Technology is Changing the Face of Retail

The way we shop is changing. It’s surprising how many technological advancements are impacting big and small stores. No longer are we loyal to one store for our everyday food or clothing items. We want the best products for the best prices, and technology is helping us find just that.

When you think of technology, you probably think about the internet, right? That’s because it plays such a vital role in modern day activities, technologies and interactions. Most consumers will no longer just walk into a store and pick up the first product they see. They do their homework. They look online for competitive deals that can be delivered to their door.

Retailers, now more than ever, have to create a shopping experience that caters to a new generation of shoppers: people who use the internet and know how to use it well. It’s essential for a retailer’s growth that they develop their services to ensure they’re always one step ahead of the competition.

How to Adapt to Consumer Behaviour

Take the UK supermarket chain Tesco as an example, they are aware that evolving technology is changing consumer interaction with retailers, which is why they have adapted their business to technology changes. The rise of online piracy and streaming services, such has Netflix, has resulted in a decline in DVD sales. To continue receiving entertainment revenue, Tesco acquired Blinkbox the online streaming service, which allows members to pay as little as 99p to rent or buy the latest TV shows and movies on their computer, games console or phone. Unfortunately, the video rental chain Blockbuster failed to make a similar move, and was forced to close its doors for good – proving how important it is to embrace growing technologies.

Many people avoid visiting stores in favour of shopping online. Not only can they find competitively-priced products at the touch of a button, but they have a wider array of items to choose from – something which most stores struggle to offer. An Australian store, Sneakerboy, was aware they could only offer a limited number of products to their customers in store. So, they did what most retailers should consider: they found a solution to their problem. Sneakerboy offered a wider selection of trainers that customers could try on in store, and they’d then use an iPad app to place an order. As a result, the trainers were delivered to a customer’s home in a matter of days.

The Power of Social Media

Stores now need to do more to engage with their demographic. Customers want to have more of an active role in their shopping experience. They will head to Twitter, Facebook or another social media network to air their views – which can often make or break a brand. Any retailer that overlooks the importance of their online reputation will struggle to compete in a competitive market place. Gone are the days where a company could just offer low prices. Social media has resulted in brands becoming all things to all people – they have to be engaging, entertaining, helpful and informative. One wrong move and you can destroy a company and its reputation in an instant.

Fast and Efficient Technologies

Technology has changed the way we shop in a store. A growing number of large supermarkets are now offering self service kiosks that come equipped with chip and card readers. The systems can help reduce heavy footfall by speeding customers through the checkout, making their shopping experience as painless as possible.

One thing you may have noticed in most shopping centres is the introduction of wayfinding kiosks, which help customers navigate around a building to find a desired store or location. This ultimately offers a more efficient shopping experience, whilst ensuring a person doesn’t leave the shopping centre out of frustration.

In Store Engagement

One of the fastest growing technologies on the market right now is digital signage, with Sport Chek and Coca-Cola using them in their advertising campaigns. The moving visuals are increasing in popularity as the enhanced images are more likely to gain passersby attention over traditional, static posters; therefore, a person is more likely to pay attention to an advertised offer on the street or in store.

Interactive technologies enhance the customer experience, as digital signage allows a retailer to advertise a competition, showcase their social media feed or even present pop quizzes to keep customers engaged while they wait in a queue. The more novel the idea, the more likely a retailer will stand out from the crowd, which will encourage consumer loyalty.

Adapting to growing retail technologies is never going to be easy, but it is a necessity. Restructuring a company with the latest technologies is bound to be a little daunting, and there is no one size fits all approach, unfortunately. It is, however, necessary that retailers adapt to technology, because technology will not adapt to it.


How Technology Has Transformed The Dental Industry

The past few years have seen huge advancements in dental technology.

Both, traditional dentists and cosmetic dentists in Huddersfield and other metropolitan areas especially find themselves working with an entirely new arsenal of tools capable of great things.

It’s never been a better time to schedule an appointment with your local dentist and find out what they can do for your smile.

With this new technology so readily available, many who used to be terrified of the dentists are now finding that is actually a relatively pleasurable and pain-free experience.

These advancements make a wide variety of things possible, from sparkling white smiles to laser cleaned teeth.

Superb Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has always been one of the main reasons people visit cosmetic dentists. However, the technology hasn’t always been perfect, nor safe.

Dental technology has seen some great advancements in the past few years and the result is safer, healthier-looking teeth for the patients. Today’s teeth whitening technology with the lasers and the gels can even help patients fight the visible signs of ageing.

As anyone ages, even with proper dental care, some teeth do begin to decay. Regular teeth whitening can keep these teeth white and looking healthy. This technology is completely painless and continues to see improvements on a regular basis. It’s a great time to schedule a teeth whitening with your local cosmetic dentist.

Cavity Detection

Checking a patient for cavities was once a very long and detailed process. Getting checked for cavities at the dentist was never a pleasant experience for anyone involved, but technology has completely revolutionized this process.

The savior comes in the form of a highly-advanced laser, which can quickly scan the mouth for cavities in only a matter of seconds.

Of course, the best thing about the laser is that it’s completely pain free. There’s no one poking around inside your mouth or disturbing your teeth.

Laser technology is also more thorough because it is capable of spotting cavities in the mouth that have yet to mature, which may be invisible to the naked eye.

Spotting a cavity in its very early stages will be easier and cheaper to fix, not to mention, less painful.

Laser Teeth Cleaning

There is another great use for the laser in the dentist world and there will probably be new uses for it in the future.

Getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist was once a painful experience. The dentist would have to scrape the teeth and gums with a scalpel. The laser has changed this entire process and can reduce a lot of the manual cleaning required when you visit the doctor.

These are just a few of the major advancements in dental technology, but these devices alone have made dentist visits far more pleasant and durable – which of course has lead to a boom in the dentistry market.

Together, dentists combine years of education, experience, and powerful technology to make sure their patients are getting the best possible treatment.

Most of this technology has made the dentist visit completely pain free, which is something the whole world should know about. Visit a dentist with some of these newfangled machines and see for yourself.


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