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07-Dec-2014 accountingdepartment.com

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Thought Leadership from the Leaders in Virtual Accounting and Bookkeeping Services

How the IRS is Increasing Scrutiny of Small Businesses

03-Dec-2014 Vend

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3 Totally Preventable Causes of Stockouts (and How to Avoid Them)

Stockouts almost always make it to the “worst nightmare” lists of retailers, and for good reason. Not only do they lead to lost sales, out-of-stocks also result in poor customer satisfaction and lower loyalty levels.

03-Dec-2014 Sqrl

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Solving The Procrastination Problem

Many of us procrastinate, but how many of us are chronic procrastinators? Negatively affecting not only our own performance but the people we work with.

03-Dec-2014 ASIC

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How ASIC Registry makes doing business easier

Just what are we talking about when we refer to ASIC's Registry?

Legal essentials for business

One of the first things you need to find out when you're starting out is what laws apply to your new business. As a small business owner, you'll know that being legally compliant relies on being aware of rules and regulations.

03-Dec-2014 Austalian Super

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How much diversification is too much?

When it comes to investing, one of the basic pieces of advice given to investors – large and small – is to ensure their portfolio is well diversified to help protect their investments against volatile markets.

03-Dec-2014 iHR Australia

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Tattoo you! Do employers have the right to ban body piercing and visible tattoos?

Back in the day, tattoos were the province of sailors, prisoners, truck drivers and goths. Nowadays it seems like every twenty-something has one. But does one have the right to display one’s body art at work?

02-Dec-2014 Vend

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4 Friction Points Every Retailer Should (and Can) Eliminate from the Shopping Experience

We don’t need a crystal ball to see that the future of retail involves frictionless shopping experiences. Today’s consumers (and those in the near future) want not only to shop across multiple channels (i.e. online, mobile, brick-and-mortar), but to do so quickly and seamlessly.

02-Dec-2014 goRoster

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5 Helpful Tools For Everyone In The Hospitality Industry

Here in the goRoster office we’re all about helping others. So, in keeping with that theme we’ve put together some useful tools that all of you can use no matter what type of hospitality business you work for!

02-Dec-2014 WorkflowMax

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Deducing Your Customers: The How & Why of Conducting Market Research

“Data, data, data. I cannot make bricks without clay.” So said the irrepressible Sherlock Holmes in one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories, and so echoes thousands of business analysts and statisticians the world over.

02-Dec-2014 WorkflowMax

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Try This Simple, 8-Step Strategic Plan Template for Small Business Owners

When you first start a business, you’re often not thinking more than a couple of years ahead. Your motivation might simply be, “I need some work to put food on the table,” or “I don’t want to work for someone else, so this is what I need to do.”

02-Dec-2014 WorkflowMax

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Why You Need to Stop Feeling Guilty About Charging For Your Time

I had a conversation with a good friend last week that got me thinking. She has recently started some contract work after having a baby. She’s working from home; juggling motherhood and meetings, feeding and phone calls, and managing suppliers in between managing nap times.

02-Dec-2014 WorkflowMax

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5 Ways to Help Your Team Master the Work-Life Balancing Act

For more than 85 percent of males and 66 percent of females in the United States, the workweek extends longer than 40 hours.

02-Dec-2014 Expensify

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Don’t Fall into the Trap! Three Myths About Finding Great Leaders

So much reading on the internet today revolves around what makes a good leader, what characteristics a good leader has, and ultimately, how to be a good leader.

02-Dec-2014 Deputy

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Work less and get more done

Why is it that in our always on, always connected world where we take fully automated self service consumer experiences for granted – everything from online shopping, to banking, to theatre and movie ticket reservations – that we’re happy to function in manual mode in the workplace?

02-Dec-2014 WorkflowMax

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10 Tricks You Didn't Know to Improve Your Use of Gmail

More than just a search engine, Google offers a whole host of free tools for using the web. By far one of its most popular is gmail - Google’s free web client that allows users to choose their own email address and send and receive unlimited messages.

02-Dec-2014 Employment Innovations

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Twelve and a half reasons to use a Paperless Onboarding System

Replacing paper based forms with Paperless Onboarding Systems and Paperless Induction Systems is the fastest and easiest way to make employment administration more efficient and cost effective.

02-Dec-2014 Sharesight

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What is unbundling and how much can it save me?

f you subscribe to the financial industry trade press or keep an eye on Australian SMSF news you’ve probably come across the term “unbundling.” Unbundling refers to the surgical destruction of vertically integrated products and services that have been pushed by the big banks for decades.

03-Nov-2014 goRoster

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How To Solve The Biggest Problems Associated With Employee Conflict

As a manager, how you deal with employee conflict is crucial and it’s important that you have processes in place that set a standard.

03-Nov-2014 goRoster

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The Biggest Management Mistake You Don’t Want To Make

At the risk of sounding like a broken record…Bad rostering will hurt your business. A lot.

01-Nov-2014 WorkflowMax

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How to Improve Revenue at your Agency Without Taking on More Clients

You’ve got a little creative agency, and it’s doing quite well. You’ve landed a few high profile clients, and your reputation in the community is growing. You’re even in line for a couple of awards this year.

01-Nov-2014 WorkflowMax

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5 Ways Cloud Technology Will Spring Clean Your Office Systems

Spring has arrived down here in the southern hemisphere, but wherever you are in the world, now is as good a time as ever to give the office a seasonal spruce-up.

29-Oct-2014 Australian Tax Office

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Protect your personal information

Did you lock your front door today? Protecting your personal information is just as important. So do you know what you need to protect and how? Watch our video and make protecting your personal information part of your day.

29-Oct-2014 Australian Taxation Office

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Introduction to rental property and tax

This short video is an introduction to what you need to know when buying, owning, and selling your rental property.

29-Oct-2014 Australian Taxation Office

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MyTax makes taxes less taxing

Find out how the ATO are making taxes less taxing with the introduction of myTax. Visit http://ato.gov.au/myTax for more information and to check if it's right for you

29-Oct-2014 Australian Taxation Office

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Transporting bulky tools and equipment

Tax information for employees that need to transport bulky tools and equipment between their home and work. There are rules that you need to check and records you need to keep.

29-Oct-2014 Australian Taxation Office

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Get your deductions right

If you are an employee you may be able to claim a deduction for some costs related to your job. There are rules that you need to check and records you need to keep.

29-Sep-2014 Sqrl

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15 Potent Ways to Confront Employee Turnover

As the economy recovers, employers are beginning to see more employees leaving again. According to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey..

01-Sep-2014 Sqrl

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Everything You Need to Know About Value-Based Pricing

One of the most difficult decisions for any business owner – professional service or otherwise – is how best to effectively price his or her product or service. And with good reason, too.

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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The Very Real Difference Between Policies & Contracts

A decision in the Federal Court this week serves as a timely reminder to all employers to ensure workplace policies are drafted in ways that do not unwittingly create exposures to legal claims by staff.

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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Directing Employees to Attend Medical Assessments

Is a direction for further medical assessment lawful and reasonable?
A recent appeal decision by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission re-emphasises the rights of employers to direct their workers to attend medical appointments to determine their fitness for work, while highlighting the more straightforward path for doing so when employers have well drafted employment contracts in place.

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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Measure What Matters

“The average human has one breast and one testicle” – Des McHale

This cheeky quote sums up the value of data when data means everything without insight. Big data is everywhere – but too much data, with too little insight, results in little impact. Research is now showing us that the “big data” trend is struggling to demonstrate a return on investment for this very reason.

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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Penalties Change for Restaurant Industry

The change to Sunday loadings in the Restaurant Industry: what does it all mean?

Many of you would have already seen news reports that a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has decided to reduce Sunday penalties for casuals covered by the Restaurant Industry Award. But what exactly does it mean, what impact will it have on your business now and in the future, and does it suggest similar changes to other modern awards moving forward?

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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The Leadership Leap – Foster Talent and Develop Emerging Leaders

Are the next generation of leaders equipped with the right skills and qualities to confidently handle the unique challenges of the future workplace? Read on to get EI’s tips for fostering talent and developing emerging leaders.

17-Aug-2014 Employment Hero

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The Way Employment is Managed Has Evolved

Employment management has evolved rapidly in the past few years. Its changed so much in fact that what you think you know about how to manage employment is probably already wrong.

16-Aug-2014 GeoOp

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Want to Increase the Productivity of your Business?

Many small and medium business in the trades and services sector such as plumbers, electricians, cleaning organisations and maintenance and repair services to mention a few, express the annoyance that they spend far too long performing menial tasks that bear little or no relation to the core process of the service that their business actually offers. For new owners, it’s particularly challenging as they’re suddenly expected to become accountants, HR managers and advertising specialists all at the same time.

16-Aug-2014 GeoOp

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10 Tips – Growing a successful Trades and Services business

With Trades and Services businesses being so relied upon and necessary, we’ve put together some tips on how as a business you can stand out and run your trades and service business effectively. The tips apply regardless if you’re a plumber, electrician, cleaner, repairman or a security services provider.

13-Aug-2014 GeoOp

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Should you stop charging by the hour?

A recent article came to our attention which got us thinking. This article was written by Ryan Lazanis of Xen Accounting, a virtual accounting firm based in Quebec, Canada.

As a business owner, Lazanis understands the importance of providing exceptional service. He has also seen the frustration of his clients when faced with paying for his services at an hourly rate. If providing the best customer experience is important, then why not apply customer-first thinking to pricing?

13-Aug-2014 GeoOp

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3 Tips for Preparing Your Small Business for the Unexpected

Unfortunately, when a business owner is always in “firefighter” mode, it’s impossible to work hard on winning new clients or tackling more providing that extra special service. By working with your team to put an infrastructure in place to deal with future issues, you’ll have help in dealing with the issues that emerge each day. Once your team is able to respond to problems without escalating it to you, you’ll be able to gradually shift your focus to building your company. Here are three tips on how you can make that happen.

13-Aug-2014 GeoOp

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3 reasons why your Business can benefit from Cloud Computing

Embracing new technology can be difficult for many companies.

They want to make sure that it will be easy to integrate into the workplace and that it is a value added alternative to existing ways of performing tasks or producing items.

12-Aug-2014 Receipt Bank

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Expenses of an oligarch…

Welcome to the world of the super rich…

From superyachts to champagne – get inspiration from the oligarchs on how to submit your receipts this summer!

12-Aug-2014 Receipt Bank

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"My best discovery since starting my business!” – Testimonial by DeAnne Bennett of Blessed Lotus

Blessed Lotus is a women’s apparel company focusing on fashion forward casual and resort wear. DeAnne founded Blessed Lotus on the principles of social entrepreneurship. Blessed Lotus’ purpose, beyond providing chic clothing to modern women, is to financially support the mission of bringing education to impoverished and oppressed children around the world. The sales of Blessed Lotus apparel fund Rippled Purpose, a 501(c)(3) designated charitable organisation.

12-Aug-2014 Receipt Bank

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Receipt Bank and Xero

Expenses are a hassle and they cost time and money to process. To help you with the paper war we’re expanding the choice of providers that integrate with Xero and sort this problem for you.

Our latest add-on Receipt Bank is a receipt and invoice processing service that gathers together your receipts and invoices, scans them, converts the receipts into useful data and then sends them directly into Xero.

11-Aug-2014 RocketSpark

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Google places for business

80% of success is showing up – Woody Allen

He’s right, don’t you think? So much of our success—and failure—hinges on simply showing up. And the same goes for your business. When a potential customer searches for your product or service, your business needs to show up. How? Google Places for Business. It’s a powerful tool that ensures that your business shows up on a nearby customer’s radar.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify Blog

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Genuine Conversation is the Best Social Media Strategy

Imagine you ran a coffee shop with great coffee, a cool vibe, comfortable seating… and no customers. Not an uncommon problem, and the classic solution promoted by social media experts would be something like:

“Create a Twitter handle and offer discounts to customers who follow. Broadcast weekly events and promotions via Twitter and engage with your audience to encourage them to come and bring their friends. More discounts to people who get their friends to follow. Create a mailing list; Tumblr; Facebook page; etc, etc.”

05-Aug-2014 Expensify Blog

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How Do You Expensify: Forming Habits with Expense Reporting

Whether you work at a startup, a large corporation, or something in between, the end of the month always means one thing: it’s time to get those expense reports in! People often consider expense reporting to be a pain in the elbow, and that’s why we’ve made it our mission to make expense reports suck less.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify Blog

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How to survive a “flat management” mutiny

Flat management structures are all the rage, and with good reason: innovation is the lifeblood of a startup, and nothing kills innovation like micromanagement. But scaling a flat management structure is harder than it seems.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify Blog

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Minimum Viable Employee

It’s widely repeated that “great people are 100x more productive than average people.” But while everybody says it, most companies just hire 100x more average people. At Expensify, we try very, very hard to hold the line and only hire people we think are truly great.

This means that despite ample resources and more than enough work to go around, we hire extremely slowly — and spend an enormous amount of energy doing it.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify

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Fire Your Bosses and Promote Your Leaders

Everybody loves to rave about the bossless workplace, but it’s far more easily said than done. I’ve already written about the perils of the “flat management mutiny” — which comes as you emerge a leadership structure out of flat chaos — but it’s even harder going the other direction: dismantling an over-managed “top-heavy” structure and getting back to its roots.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify Blog

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Keep It Simple: How to Organize Just Enough

With so many tools and apps that claim to increase organization or productivity, how do we find out which tools will actually help and not hinder our workflow? At Expensify, our approach is to keep it simple; forget the apps and stick to what’s tried and true. Here are a few core principles that help us stay productive; try them out and let us know what you think!

03-Aug-2014 James & Wells

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Franchising: What do I need to know?

The parties to this arrangement are commonly known as the “franchisee” (the party obtaining authority to use the developed business model), and the “franchisor” (the party granting authority to use the developed business model).

In return for payment by the franchisee, the franchisor will provide initial advice, equipment and guidance, as well as ongoing support and other things such as products and packaging. Ideally, out of the franchise arrangement the franchisee obtains much needed support from industry leaders.

03-Aug-2014 James & Wells

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Top IP Tips when growing your business

You’ve got a promising business model, the resources to make it work and somewhere along the way you’ve created intellectual property rights through innovation, branding and an earned reputation. This IP is a key part of the business’s growth, and a core asset. Structuring the business with IP in mind can prove critical in realising the complete benefits of IP. So how do you go about ensuring this?

19-Jul-2014 SmartPayroll

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You've become an employer... so now what?

Whether you’re employing staff for the first time or have taken over a business with current employees, the information and suggestions in this free Employer Guide will help you understand your obligations.

19-Jul-2014 SmartPayroll

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Is it time to move your payroll to the cloud?

Payroll law in NZ is complex and there are a lot of grey areas that cause confusion. Sometimes what seems logical and fair is not right and good employers get into situations that cost them dearly.

07-Jul-2014 Debtor Daddy

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Debtor Daddy - Set & Forget Credit Control

Debtor Daddy is a brilliant credit control app that works alongside Xero to help you get your invoices paid faster. It's an automated reminder system that sends up to 5 email reminders to your customers if they don't pay their invoices by the due date.

06-Jul-2014 Xero

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Xero: The Quick Start Guide

This tutorial gives a quick overview of how to set up your business or a new organisation in Xero accounting software. Once you've made the switch to Xero, you can be up and running within minutes – and it's a pleasure doing business.

06-Jul-2014 Xero

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Xero: Full Setup Guide Walkthrough

This video tutorial walks through the setup guide for Xero accounting software. The step-by-step process shows you how to make a full conversion to Xero – from your old accounting software, paper-based accounts, or if you're a new businesses starting from scratch.

01-Jul-2014 Float

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Forecast Frequency - Daily, Weekly, Monthly or Quarterly?

One of the frequent requests we get at Float is for daily cash flow forecasting. A lot of businesses are interested in more granular forecasts to get better insights into how their available cash changes day by day. And with good reason: Even if you have a big invoice being paid to you in a couple of days, if you reach your overdraft limit today, you may still be in trouble. It’s worth keeping on top of your cash flow!

30-Jun-2014 Xero

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How much should you pay yourself?

You started your own business to do something you love and make a living. But how much should you pay yourself? Too little and you may struggle to survive. Too much and your business might be at risk. So how do you strike the right balance?

30-Jun-2014 Xero

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Streamline Sales and Invoicing with Cloud Accounting Software

A successful, solid sales process is crucial for small businesses. But seeing your cashflow through to completion is just as important. To achieve this, it’s vital that you have a strong invoicing process and an accounting system that’s intuitive, easy to use and complements your sales process.

27-Jun-2014 Vend

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Email Marketing for Retailers: 5 Steps to More Subscribers, Engagement and Sales

As far as online marketing strategies go, email is what some people would consider a dinosaur–it’s been here since the beginning. But unlike our extinct friends, we know that email won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

25-Jun-2014 Vend

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Beyond Offers: 6 Types of Emails Customers Love Getting

While emails containing coupons and offers are common - even recommended - for retailers, sending promotional messages is just scratching the surface. You also need to explore other “breeds” of emails to see what works best for your audience.

24-Jun-2014 WorkflowMax

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How can your small agency compete with the big boys?

You’re the new agency in a town with a few of the big firms. Your team is young, hip, and talented … but how can you convince clients to give you a chance when there are already established agencies who have that guaranteed “safe bet”?

23-Jun-2014 Vend

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Managing Your Agency's Virtual Team

Ah, freelancers. As an account manager, they are either the light of your life, or the bane of your existence. Freelancers can save your ass when a project scales beyond your team's capacity, or they can cost you dearly when they suddenly decide to go on holiday with your urgent work still sitting unfinished on their desk.

20-Jun-2014 EnableHR

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Tracking training for business success

It’s no secret that businesses with a culture of training are seen as quality organisations. The right training is a key element in the business strategy and it’s the lifeblood of most successful businesses. A true training culture continuously challenges its own methods and ways of doing things. This ensures continuous improvement and the capacity to change.

03-May-2014 WorkflowMax

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IT Services – 4 Tricks for Improving Support Ticket Responses

When you've had a computer crash, or you've got a software issue that's preventing you from doing a certain job, or you're terrified that you've wasted money on something that doesn't work, you're even more susceptible to taking offence to written messages. This is why customers dealing with email support are often more sensitive than other type of customers.

18-Apr-2014

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