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17-Jan-2018 business.gov.au

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6 tips to help you create compelling content for your website

Is your New Year's resolution to update your website? Use our tips to help you create engaging content! Is your New Year's resolution to update your business website?

17-Jan-2018 Employment Hero

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4 Essential employee engagement trends for 2018

Creating a highly-engaged workforce and a thriving workplace continues to be a major focus for all HR managers. And the reason is simple.

17-Jan-2018 Vend

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3 Great Examples of Retailers Reinventing Their Stores to Reach Modern Consumers

If you’ve been keeping abreast with the latest trends then you’ve likely heard about the shifting shopping habits of consumers.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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6 Factors You Need to Know When Considering a New Supplier

The best suppliers will provide the most suitable goods or services at the right prices and within the right time frames for your business needs. Below we give you six factors you need to know when considering a new supplier.

19-Dec-2017 ASIC

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Virtual Currencies: Bitcoin and other Virtual Currencies

Many virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin have emerged over the last 10 years but just how safe are they? We explain how virtual currencies work and the risks you take buying, trading or investing in them.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Value of Workplace Training

Training in the workplace is a very valuable and important component of running a successful business.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Dance of Technology and Business

Conducting business is no longer as simple, and dare we say primitive, as being present in the store at the point of sale, making said sale, recording said sale and replenishing inventory stock – all in a very hands-on manner.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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Shipping Musts and Must-Nots

Online purchasing has not-so-slowly and very surely become the way people shop. It is efficient, convenient and best of all can be done without any concern for traffic or trying to find dreaded car-parking at a mall.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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5 Retail Store Design Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

Take a moment to put yourself in your target customer’s shoes. Now, pretend you’re someone who’s walking into your store for the first time.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Happiest Time of the Year? Holiday Pressures for Food Manufacturers

Holiday seasons are often just as exciting for food manufacturers as they are for consumers. Holiday seasons are big business for food manufacturers.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Five Elements of a Lean Business

If your business is doing well and you’re looking to expand, that can be a sign of success. However, moving to the next stage of business development can be a risky endeavour.

18-Dec-2017 Goroster

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Making a Case for a Time and Attendance System

Having reliable rostering software, like goRoster, means that you know who is working in your business at any given time. It’s a great tool to help you manage your staff without having to be on site 24/7.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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Happy Customers, Thriving Company: The Role of Inventory Management

If there were no customers, there would be no business. And with no business, there is no income. So, it would be safe to summarise that customers should be the point of business, would it not?

18-Dec-2017 ASIC

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Buy Now, Pay Later Services

Buy now, pay later payment services allow you to delay payment or pay by instalments (often fortnightly) over a period of time.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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Automation: Changing the Face of Inventory Management

Inventory control and supply chain management has evolved on a near continuous basis since the 1980s.

18-Dec-2017 Employment Hero

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4 Questions to help you assess HR software costs

To manage people in fast-growing small businesses like yours, you need to streamline all areas of HR administration – which would be hard to do without HR software.

18-Dec-2017 Vend

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10 Tips to Help You Meet (and Beat) Your Retail Sales Targets

If you’re reading this, then you’re likely: a) not meeting your retail sales targets; or b) meeting your targets but want to find ways to blow past them.

27-Nov-2017 Vend

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What Retailers Should Know About Selling to Millennials (a Chat with Jasmine Glasheen)

Millennials. They’ve been called everything from entitled and lazy to fearless and empowered. But whatever you think about this generation, one thing is clear: Millennials (aka Gen Y) continue to have a significant impact on the economy and society in general.

27-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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The Basics of a Good Business Plan

Business plans help define goals and help you achieve them. If you take time to set concrete and achievable goals, you can then chart a plan to reach these goals successfully. Having tangible goals can make a business thrive.

27-Nov-2017 Debtor Daddy

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Late payment reduces small business confidence to grow

Three quarters of small and medium sized UK builders say that late payment has directly hampered their business growth according to a recent Federation of Master Builders survey.

27-Nov-2017 business.govt.au

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6 tips to help you create compelling content for your website

Don't cut corners when creating content for your website. So you’ve decided to start an online business—congratulations!

26-Nov-2017 Float

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Tackling your cashflow challenges this Christmas

Most of us look forward to Christmas as a time for fun, festivities and spending time with the family. If you’re a small business owner though, it’s not always the carefree holiday you might hope for.

26-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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Millennials Changing the Landscape of the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Millennials have a significant influence in consumer trends in a wide range of industries. The alcoholic beverage industry, for example, is becoming increasingly conditioned by trends among millennial consumers.

26-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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Lean manufacturing and the coffee roast

The coffee category of the hot beverage industry is thriving, with the number of coffee drinkers growing each year. Cafes and coffee vans are everywhere, meeting our seemingly unstoppable need for a regular caffeine fix.

26-Nov-2017 Vend

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5 Types of Sales Promotions in Retail (and How to Implement Them)

Promotions are almost always part of a retailer’s sales and marketing mix, and for good reason — they can drive sales and help you move inventory.

23-Nov-2017 business.gov.au

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7 Ways to reduce your impact on the environment

Managing your business’s impact on the environment is not only good for the environment but it can also help to improve your business’s reputation and reduce business costs.

23-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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5 Current cloud computing trends in business

For most businesses the question is no longer whether it is appropriate to adopt a cloud service, but rather when is the right time and what services to move.

23-Nov-2017 Employment Hero

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13 practical ways to make your job ads stand out from the crowd

Writing great job ads is often more difficult than it looks. As well as selling the key requirements of the role, and presenting your company in a positive way, the job ad has to attract the right talent, and drive a response from suitably qualified candidates.

22-Nov-2017 Employment Innovations

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Why, How and When To Use a Fixed Term Contract

Many businesses in the building, civil and mining and professional services industries in particular, underestimate the benefit of a well-constructed employment contract.

22-Nov-2017 Employment Hero

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Make sure you don’t overlook this critical step in your employee onboarding process

So, you’re doing your homework on employee onboarding and preparing new starter kits infused with your company’s values. You also want to mastermind an onboarding process that even the tech giants would be proud of.

22-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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How Small Businesses Can Use Peer-to-Peer Lending

A new trend is rising, changing the way people can are securing financial needs. This new trend gives both individuals and businesses an alternative source of financing.

22-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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9 Tech Trends That Are Rapidly Changing How Businesses Do Business

As technology and digital marketing tools continue to improve, businesses will have to adapt to trends in marketing and consumer behavior.

30-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Six Things To Consider For Inventory Management Software

The world of inventory management is ever evolving, and for the better. It is commonplace and highly recommended now to have a software-based inventory management system...

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Workplace training – what’s in it for the company?

Workplace training is an important part of company work life which, as expensive as it may be, is a necessary means to a skilled workforce.

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Why eCommerce is the future for wholesalers

B2B eCommerce is short for business-to-business, electronic commerce, where it is selling products or services between businesses via an online sales portal.

29-Oct-2017 SimPRO

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Why Creating Income Streams Will Make You More Profitable

Every day, business owners work hard to increase their profit. But far too often, they lack a clear strategy and practical plan to make that happen. Your Profit & Loss Budget should be a direct reflection of your Strategy and Plan.

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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What Makes a Great Business Plan?

A business plan is essentially a blueprint for your business, so it is essential to get right at the outset.

29-Oct-2017 Vend

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Retail Merchandising: How Do You Sell Slow-Moving Stock?

A Chat with Christine Guillot. Nothing makes retailers cringe more than slow-moving (or worse — “dead”) stock.

29-Oct-2017 Vend

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How to Sell More Gift Cards in Your Retail Store: 6 Proven Ways

Gift cards. No matter what type of store you have or how big your business is, you’ll likely benefit from carrying them in your shops.

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Five Cloud Computing Trends for the Year Ahead

At its core, cloud computing is about changing the way that we do business. Computing over the internet has allowed organisations access to their essential business tools at any time from anywhere with an internet connection.

27-Oct-2017 Employment Hero

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Get your HR processes sorted with these 4 easy HR hacks

If the business you work in is anything like other small businesses, then your role of office manager means you handle just about anything!

27-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Dealing with Seasonal Inventory

Inventory forecasting is critical for the smooth operation of any stock-based business. Managing demand can be tricky, however, if a large part of your inventory is subject to seasonal demand.

26-Oct-2017 Vend

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Why Now Is the Best Time to Start a Retail Business — and How to Do It Right

A Chat With Sanford Stein. Thinking about venturing into retail? Good news: there’s never been a greater time to do it.

17-Oct-2017 Employment Hero

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Get your new employees off to a great start with this onboarding checklist

As we mentioned in a previous post, putting on new staff comes with a mountain of onboarding paperwork. But, that certainly doesn’t mean your new starter’s first day should be all about filling in forms.

29-Jul-2017 Employment Hero

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4 employee wellness ideas that your employees will love but don’t cost a fortune

The thing is, employee wellbeing and happiness isn’t just about nap rooms, onsite massages, and cafeterias serving healthy food and snacks (though that would be nice!)

29-Jul-2017 Vend

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6 Retail Books You Need to Read

Helpful and informative retail books abound everywhere you look these days.

29-Jul-2017 Neto

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6 Tools Businesses Need to Get Their Finances in Shape

You need to keep track of transactions for the tax office, lenders, but most importantly for yourself, as a business owner.

29-Jul-2017 SimPro

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How to ensure your jobs are profitable

If you’re in business, making decent money is important. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t always work out the way you’d planned...

29-Jul-2017 GeoOp

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Let’s make it clear – Good mobile staff communication is vital

Many small business owners don’t give a second thought about the need for clear communication.

29-Jul-2017 Unleashed

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SMEs and Globalization: A Changing Landscape

Advances in technology over the last two decades have shrunk the world; travel is inexpensive, cross border payments are fast and businesses communicate in real-time.

29-Jul-2017 Unleashed

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The Benefits of Cloud-Based Software for Manufacturing Businesses

More and more manufacturing companies are beginning to use cloud-based manufacturing systems to improve the way their business functions.

27-Jul-2017 Vend

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5 Brick and Mortar Stores That Prove Physical Retail Isn’t Dead

Have you been following the news about retail recently? If you have, then you may have noticed that the retail news outlets have been filled with doom and gloom lately.

27-Jul-2017 GeoOp

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9 ways to squeeze more profit out of every business day

It’s the Holy Grail of business: increasing the number of profitable hours in a day.

27-Jul-2017 Unleashed

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Accurate Inventory Costing: Why It’s Critical for Success

Even if a business has some other, high value, assets such as factory plant, inventory is likely to essential to the business’ ability to trade profitably.

27-Jul-2017 SimPro

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Are you getting the most out of digital working practices?

Businesses today are quickly adopting cloud software as the benefits become more apparent and even necessary to keep a competitive edge – benefits like less paperwork, greater efficiency, and time savings.

27-Jul-2017 Neto

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Empower your ecommerce customers with a branded mobile app

Over the past five years, mobile devices have begun to dominate the consumer landscape around the world.

27-Jul-2017 Unleashed

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Goal: Successful supply chain management

Have you ever sat back and wondered how giant companies such as Apple, Walmart and Ikea became so successful both in their reach and their inventory turnover?

27-Jul-2017 Unleashed

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Inventory Management: Five Key Tips for Distributors

Due to the nature of the distribution model where distributors profit by selling inventory to their customers, failing to manage inventory well can be a major liability for distributors.

27-Jul-2017 SimPro

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Machine learning in field service

Machine learning has the power to change how we look at field service – what it means to contractors and customers alike.

27-Jul-2017 Employment Hero

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No dedicated hr team? You need these essential hr tools and solutions

Every business owner knows that as soon as you start hiring people, there’s a whole heap of important and must-do HR related tasks and compliance requirements that goes with them.

26-Jun-2017 Neto

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12 QUESTIONS EVERY SMALL ECOMMERCE BUSINESS OWNER SHOULD ASK AT TAX TIME

Preparing your business activity statement (BAS) or income tax return is definitely one of the less glamorous elements of running your retail or ecommerce business.

26-Jun-2017 GoRoster

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Common mistakes made when calculating payroll costs

Knowing what your payroll costs are – daily, weekly, monthly and yearly – is an important part of running a successful business.

26-Jun-2017 SimproGroup

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How Elon Musk’s neural lace could change your business

In April this year, Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla and SpaceX) publicly announced that his company, a startup in California, Neuralink, is developing a neural lace technology that will enable human beings to communicate with devices through their thoughts alone.

26-Jun-2017 Employment Hero

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HOW IMPROVING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT CAN BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Look at a company with a reputation for strong employee engagement and you’ll find a high performing business. We’re not making this up.

26-Jun-2017 Vend

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How to Prevent and Handle Robberies and Theft in Retail

Are you equipped to handle retail theft and robberies? Whether you answered yes or no to that question, keep reading.

26-Jun-2017 Vend

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How to Upsell and Cross-Sell in Retail: 6 Pointers to Implement in your Store

Picture this: You’ve just about closed a sale, and the shopper made up their mind to buy a product. What do you do?

26-Jun-2017 GoRoster

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Investing in staff training is an investment in your business

Staff training is one of the best investments you can make for the future success of your business.

26-Jun-2017 Neto

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REDEFINING YOUR POINT OF SALE WITH A MODERN POS PLATFORM

It doesn’t matter how large or small your store is, or how many of them you’ve got—if you’ve got a point of sale (POS), you’ll see big benefits in switching from a simple cash register to a full-featured, cloud-based POS platform.

26-Jun-2017 Unleashed

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Small-Man-Syndrome: How SMEs can be successful on a global stage

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) are companies that are independently owned and managed with less than 250 employees in their ranks and bringing in less than 50 million euros per year.

26-Jun-2017 Float

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The Best Xero Accounting Add Ons For 2017

How do you know which Xero Accounting Add Ons to use?

26-Jun-2017 Employment Hero

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THE HAPPINESS FACTOR: 6 TACTICS FOR IMPROVING WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY

Remember the old (and slightly misogynistic) phrase Happy Wife, Happy Life! ? Well, it turns out there is a workplace equivalent: Happy workers, productive business! (and no – we couldn’t make it rhyme).

26-Jun-2017 Neto

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THE SIMPLE WAY FOR CUSTOMERS TO BUY NOW AND PAY LATER

When a visitor spends time browsing your online store or bricks-and-mortar outlet, they’re looking for something. And when they find it, they’ll be tempted to buy it.

26-Jun-2017 Vend

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Three Lessons Retailers Can Learn from Craft Brands

Retailers have historically dominated the commerce landscape. Several years ago, industry trends and top products were set by the stores selling them.

26-Jun-2017 Unleashed

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Why Accurate Costing is Vital for Success

Inaccurate information about your company’s expenditure can greatly inhibit your capacity to make and maintain a successful business.

25-Jun-2017 SimproGroup

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5 tips for becoming your own boss

The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss has become more popular in recent years.

17-May-2017 EmploymentHero

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Accountants and Advisors at Risk of Accessorial Liability

If you’re an accountant or professional advisor, take heed of a recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court. You may be at risk of accessorial liability for your clients’ breaches of the Fair Work Act.

16-May-2017

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Support available to help your small business grow

Are you wanting to start a small business or looking to expand your existing small business?

To help you find government initiatives and support that can drive growth and success in your small business, check out the newly launched online tool. The tool lists a full range of initiatives and support available for your small business all in one place.

16-May-2017

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Warning about misleading R&D tax schemes in the wine industry

Are you a grape grower and wine producer or tax advisor who advises grape growers and wine producers on the R&D Tax Incentive?

While most businesses and tax advisors do the right thing, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) has issued a warning to tax advisors who have been improperly advising businesses on the R&D Tax Incentive.

15-May-2017 EmploymentHero

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4 Legal Minefields to Avoid When Terminating Employment

Firing employees is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do as a business owner. It’s also one of the most litigious.

15-May-2017 EmploymentHero

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7 Common HR Mistakes Every Business Owner Can Avoid

Running a business is hard and it often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that you want (or should) do. By the time you pay your bills, invoice customers, return calls, put the final touches on that big proposal, and get the stock order out, the day is over and it’s time to pick up the kids.

15-May-2017 Vend

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Want to Create Amazing Customer Experiences? Learn From These 4 Homeware Stores

The homeware and furniture industry has been doing well for the past couple of years, and we expect this trend to continue. The annual expenditure on furniture per US consumer was $502 in 2015 (up from $386). Meanwhile, a report by Furniture Insights found that furniture orders for February 2017 were up 4% from last year.

14-May-2017 Vend

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8 Important Lessons Brick-and-Mortar Merchants Can Pick Up from Ecommerce

Some brick-and-mortar merchants see ecommerce as the force that’s grabbing market share and taking customers away from offline stores. We don’t think this is the case. The way we see it, physical and digital retail aren’t rivals — they’re allies.

14-May-2017

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Maximum and minimum hours – striking a balance

Striking the right balance between maximum and minimum hours for your part-time or casual staff can often be a difficult process. But getting the balance wrong can have serious and long-lasting ramifications for your business.

14-May-2017 James & Wells

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What do Netflix, Kiwi innovators and a small town in Texas have in common?

The short answer is patent trolls. The long answer is that using cloud computing to do business may get you sued by patent trolls in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

11-May-2017 Float

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How Isle Of Skye Candles Reinvested For Growth With Float

The Isle of Skye Candle Company’s first batch of candles was made in a converted croft on the Isle of Skye in 2006, and since then the company has been lighting up across Scotland and the UK.

11-May-2017 Unleashed

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Inventory Strategy: Where to Start

As a small to medium business owner, getting your inventory management right can sometimes seem like a daunting endeavor. Fortunately, most of the stress involved in developing good inventory practice can be resolved by identifying the right inventory management strategies for your business. That’s not to say that there’s an immediately obvious solution for every problem – there are some tricky issues in inventory management however there are well-documented strategies to help you get the basics right.

11-May-2017 Unleashed

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The Importance of Accurate Costing

It’s no debate that the world is becoming increasingly globalized. Despite some barriers to entry into international business, geographical expansion and the use of imports and exports has become easier and more prevalent. Regardless of the size of a business or where it chooses to operate, one necessity remains constant, and that’s the need for accurate costing.

11-May-2017 simPRO

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When sales and service team up, profits go up

I’ve heard it said that it’s a sales rep’s job to promise the moon to customers, and it’s a service rep’s duty to bring customers back to earth.

10-May-2017 Neto

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3 Key Marketing Challenges Your Online Store is Facing... and How to Fix Them

The web is loaded with articles that promise to help you market your ecommerce store, but there’s one really important fact they usually leave out: it takes time to see results from your marketing efforts, even when you’re doing everything right. How come?

10-May-2017

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Everything You Need to Know About Influencer Marketing For Your Online Store

The field of marketing never stops evolving. Outdated strategies lose popularity and are soon overtaken by innovative approaches that pair tried-and-tested techniques with new technology. One of the latest strategies is influencer marketing, which takes word-of-mouth advertising and amplifies it through the huge social networks of high-profile individuals. Two-thirds of marketing professionals worldwide are pairing with influencers who can create original content to promote the brand to thousands or even millions of social media followers.

10-May-2017 Neto

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The Power of Collaboration For Marketing Your Business

Collaboration is the key to success for every business—that’s what 75% of CEOs believe. It’s a way of bringing together diverse minds and ideas and sharing resources to create something bigger and better than individuals could achieve alone, and it’s gradually becoming the status quo for modern businesses in all sectors, including retail.

10-May-2017 Unleashed

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Trade Barriers: Mitigate the Impact on your Business

It can be unwelcome news that the success of your business is, in part, out of your control. If your business involves importing or exporting inventory, it pays to be aware of and be prepared to mitigate potential impacts of trade policy on your business.

26-Apr-2017

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Everything you need to know about email marketing for your ecommerce store

Over the past decade, social media platforms have grown in popularity and digital marketing has become one of the dominant ways for brands to interact with their customers. But digital marketing is more than just social media and, after all these years, email marketing is still one of the best ways to keep your customers informed and interested in your brand.

20-Apr-2017

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“Let me tell you how it will be”: What the taxman can teach you about getting paid on time

I recently overlooked a GST bill.

The taxman is not okay with that. He wants his money. And fair enough; I want free healthcare and the other benefits of being a taxpayer.

18-Apr-2017

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Watching China in 2017

China-watching is mandatory for many people in business.

The world’s most-populous nation looms large on the global stage in politics, commerce and sport. Its 300 million aspiring middle class citizens – still a small part of the total population - are increasingly sophisticated in their consumer activities, travelling a lot more and further, and pursuing business interests on all continents and the South Pacific region.

17-Apr-2017

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Key management skills to grow your business

Many small business owners start out with a good business idea but little concept of what it takes to manage and grow a business.

The good news is that you can definitely learn and improve your management skills as your business grows.

And while there isn’t a definitive list of skills, the ones we’ve listed below could help you to build your initial vision and develop your business to its full potential.

17-Apr-2017

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Top 7 Tips for Finding the Right Business Software

You almost certainly started your business for one of two reasons: you can do something better than anyone else, or you have a burning passion so deep you cannot focus on anything else. And if you’re lucky, it’s both. You didn’t start your business because you wanted to track cash moving in and out of your bank account. Nor to complete complicated forms for the government. You hadn’t even contemplated how business software could help you do these tasks, mostly because you didn’t know you need to do them.

16-Apr-2017

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The Elephant in the Warehouse – Inventory Carrying Costs

It’s time to address a subject that a lot of companies fail to notice or incorporate into their business planning – the costs of carrying inventory. Inventory costs money to purchase, this much is a given; however the cost of the inventory goes far beyond that. Typically, (if accurate values are not calculated on a case-by-case basis) the total carrying costs of a product are 25% of its value and composed of capital costs (15%), storage costs (2%), servicing and handling costs (2%) and the cost of risk (6%). Let us look at these different components of inventory carrying costs more closely.

13-Apr-2017

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How to write copy for your ecommerce store that converts

If you had just one minute to talk to a prospective customer in your store, what would you say? Would you help them find what they were looking for? Tell them about your current promotions? Encourage them to stay a little longer and take a look around? After all, the more time they spend in your store, the more likely they are to make a purchase.