The Importance Of Technology In Online Retailing

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Black Friday was phenomenal in the United Kingdom with online retailers having to deal with the sheer volume of clicks on their websites. However, online retailers still have to go through a lot of immense pressure with the coming holidays since UK shoppers are expected to spend an overwhelming £7.4 billion to £17.4 billion on online shopping. How will retailers cope up after the mad rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Technology will come to their rescue.

The importance of technology in online retail operations

The physical side of retailing must be optimized and orders have to be processed in two hours and not two days. Optimization of retailing is a challenge that has to be faced because customers have to be provided with a seamless shopping experience whether they do it online or in brick and mortar stores. Retailers need to know what to stock and one of their sources of information is social media. Mining social media will allow retailers to know what is trending and what products consumers are planning to buy for the holidays. Retailers need to come up with the best sources for fast distribution and delivery and instead of using the stocks coming from their own store, they can get it from an outsourced supplier to save on time. Orders must arrive as fast as possible at the most convenient time and place to ensure that customers are happy.

Technology options to ensure fast delivery

Today’s stiff competition among couriers is giving retailers a lot of choices when it comes to delivery. MetaPack which handles most of the delivery for online stores in the UK uses technology to work out the available options in every location for the goods that have been ordered. It decides on the carrier that will offer the best value to retailers and handles all the tracking data so that consumers will know exactly where their parcels are during its journey. Two-hour windows are now becoming commonplace because it is a better incentive for online shoppers. Their convenience is extremely important and accuracy in delivery must be ensured to keep customers loyal. Other technology-driven innovations are expected to provide consumers a better shopping experience for this holiday season.

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Truck Driver Shortage In 2016 – Truck Drivers Needed To Help Economic Growth

There is a large demand for jobs for truck driving to eradicate the shortage. First of all, the shortage of truck drivers is a big threat to logistics, which will bring the economy to a standstill. The shortage did not just emerge this year, as this has been an ongoing problem that remains unresolved over the past few years. There is a continuous and compounding shortage of thirty thousand drivers annually and from now on, there is a need to hire additional one eighty-nine thousand truck drivers annually to eradicate the shortage.

High Turnover Rate

Jobs for truck driving may be in demand because fewer people are answering the pool and there are many causes. For one, there is currently an all-time high in the turnover rate. This is because the annual demand is never met and continuously grow, add to the fact that every year, there is a constant number of long-term drivers that need to retire. Another reason is that the job is very rigorous that the rate of drivers that quits before retirement age is very high.

Regulations on Hours in Service

There are existing stringent regulations governing the number of hours a truck driver has to drive while on duty, one of them is not to exceed 11 hours of driving without taking a mandatory 8-hour break. Because safety is paramount and the driver must have complete attention on the task at hand and on the road, this just sounds fair, however, truck drivers are paid by the mile they cover and not by the hour. This limits the driver’s’ income and may have contributed as to why commercial truck drivers search for better opportunities in other industries.

Speed Limits

Because of existing regulations on hours of driving and the drivers are paid by the mile and not by the hour, truck drivers are forced to drive faster in order to be able to bring more to the table. But another regulation exists that hinders them in trying to make ends meet. Speed limits are in place especially for commercial drivers primarily to avoid accidents. The objective of the regulation is fair, however, it causes the drivers to cover lesser miles in a day and therefore, lesser pay.


Shortage in the truck driving pool is worrisome and the industry needs to address this by increasing benefits and incorporating the use of technology to reduce drivers’ workload. With this, truck driver retention will hopefully increase to eradicate the shortage.

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THAI Launched First Frankfurt-Phuket Flights

The THAI Airways’ first international direct flight coming from Frankfurt, Germany touched down at the Phuket International Airport last November 17 at 1:39pm, with passengers on board that received a jubilant welcome reception which was led by Yuthasak Supasorn, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor.

The “fam trip” by TAT

The passengers on board flight TG926 were twenty travel agents, tour operator representatives and seven members from the media that took part in a familiarization trip arranged by the TAT.

The “fam trip,” which happened from November 17 – 23, gave the tour operators and journalists a taste of Phuket and its surrounding areas.

According to TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, the new TG route showed the popularity of Phuket island as a holiday destination especially for long-haul visitors and confirmed the European travelers’ confidence in Thailand is excellent.

He also mentioned that this fam trip, which also supported the ‘Discover Amazing Stories in Amazing Thailand’ campaign, was aimed at showcasing several Thai activities enjoyed in the island, as well as the Thais’ welcoming hospitality.

The visitors went to Khao Lak located in Phang Nga and explored Takua Pa, having Chinese businesses and markets.

The fam trip also provided a chance for the visitors to witness Tha Din Daeng’s community based tourism and learn how local fishermen in the area live and work.

There was also a trip to Thai Muang’s Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center, where turtles were released to the sea.

The fam trip also took the visitors to 4 islands located in Krabi using longtail boats and had them experience Ko Yao’s community based tourism by going to rice and coconut farms, learning rubber tapping and seeing local craft displays, according to a TAT release.


This is definitely good news for all the business operators around Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak, whether they are the resort operators or diving tour operators like those Similan island liveaboard companies. Last year alone, there were 760,604 German visitors in Thailand, a 6.24% increase that generated 47 billion baht in tourism revenue. More visitors mean more revenue for these businesses.

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Mecon Recommends Imposition Of Minimum Import Price On Imported Aluminium


Mecon Limited, a state-run engineering consultant has recommended the imposition of safeguard import duty or minimum import price (MIP) on primary aluminium products. Mecon was appointed to recommend the import duty and submit the recommendation to the Aluminium Association of India that is composed of domestic aluminium manufacturers in the likes of Vedanta Ltd, Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd and Hindalco Industries Ltd.

The Aluminium Association of India has forwarded its recommendation to the Ministry of Mines to impose MIP at 15% of London Metal Exchange (LME) price on primary aluminium imports. Furthermore, the Ministry of Mines has also asked the association to forward their recommendations on secondary aluminium products so that they can be examined and provided to the finance ministry in one go.

After the commerce ministry rejected the imposition of MIP on aluminium because it is not in accordance with trade rules, Mecon was hired by the domestic industry to forward its recommendation. India’s aluminium industry is pushing for a minimum 15% safeguard duty on all imported aluminium products including those coming from China and West Asia.

China which is the world’s largest producer and consumer of different types of metal like aluminium is dumping its aluminium products in the country even if the demand is rather weak. According to the industry body’s representation to the government, primary aluminium producers have incurred huge losses of Rs 4,205 crore in 2015 to 2016. This is substantially higher than the Rs 1,480 crore losses for 2014 to 2015.

The government in the Union Budget has increased duties on imported aluminium by 2% to 7.5% but according to local aluminium manufacturers, this was offset by the simultaneous doubling on green cess on coal. An increase in the price of coal could lead to a rise in power prices constituting 40% of the cost of producing aluminium.

Aluminium is resistant to humidity and sunlight that is why it is the perfect choice for windows and doors in Thailand. An aluminium profile can also be used as connectors, fasteners and feet. It also widely used to build machine supports and safety enclosures because of its strength and resistance to degradation.

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4 Advantages Of Buying Hammer Mills From Manufacturer


If you are looking for a reputable hammer mills manufacturer, this post is exactly for you. There are several advantages of buying straight from the manufacturers instead of getting your needed hammer mills from distributors. For one, they are experts with the product they manufacture so they are in the best position to give you an advice if you have queries regarding the product. Some of the other advantages of buying straight from the manufacturers are as follows.

Availability of Stocks

With manufacturers, you can be sure that your needed hammer mills are available when you need them because manufacturers keep a steady supply of the products they produce. Unlike with distributors that there might be a chance to run out of supplies and when they do, they would have to wait for turnaround time to get their orders from the manufacturers. Regardless the number of your orders, you can be sure that the manufacturer will deliver.

Customized products

The good thing about buying from hammer mills manufacturer is that you can have the product customized based on your requirement. There are different types of hammer mills made for different applications and since you would order the product straight from its makers and it is something distributors and retailers cannot do.

Lower price

When you buy from the manufacturer, you do away with middle men and the extra amount they put in for shipping, labor, transfer and other expenses related to their dealing. Distributors generally apply mark ups for the products they distribute. As a result, prices are higher for the same products offered by the distributors. To cut a better deal, it’s still better to purchase items from the product maker.

Better warranties

Generally, a hammer mills manufacturer offers better warranties because they are directly answerable for defects and errors incurred during manufacturing. Manufacturer’s usually offer 12 month warranty without additional costs. Some manufacturers even offer lifetime warranties for certain products. Just make sure that you do not lose your official receipt and warranty certificate to ensure that you could file appropriate claims when necessary.

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Knowing The Value Of Letting Professional Cleaners Take Care Of Your Oven


Most people, by instinct, knows that ovens need to be regularly cleaned. But nobody really knows why. Aside from health hazards, letting grease and food accumulate can damage the oven. Australia has some of the best companies specialising in oven cleaning in Perth. Trained oven cleaners are knowledgeable of how most oven brands are built, and the mechanism that needs cleaning most. The performance of the cooker may significantly drop as filters get clogged and will soon not provide accurate temperature. Over time, smoke may start developing when you cook with it, and that is not good both for the oven and yourself. Hygienically, it is not advisable to prepare food in a grimy oven, more so exposing your food to dirty smoke.

Why hire oven cleaners?

Stores selling products for oven cleaning in Perth have labels indicating its ingredients. Almost all of these cleaning agents are filled with harmful and toxic chemicals, and spraying it all over your oven then cook your food in it is apparently hazardous. Oven cleaners have methods in removing grime by scrubbing, without using toxic chemical agents. Oven cleaners can also expertly take down the entire oven for thorough cleaning and put it back. Thorough oven cleaning means your oven will be good as new, and you will be able to efficiently cook with it without affecting the taste. Oven cleaners also include thorough stove top and range hood cleaning. Usually, the service includes not just cleaning but also polishing. Needless to say, oven cleaners cleans ovens every day, so they can do it efficiently and in less time. A complete oven cleaning may only take them less than 2 hours. And they are not only cleaning professionals but oven professionals who can do repairs. While cleaning, they may find that your oven needs globes or hinge replacements and administer it.

How much does it cost?

The cost for oven cleaning depends on the size of the oven, not how dirty it is. For a basic cleaning that includes lite interior scrubbing to remove grease, grime and carbon deposits, oven rack soak and clean and polishing of exterior knobs and glass display will cost around $125. Average stove top cleaning is around $55 and range hood cleaning service is also around that rate.


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Strata Cleaning, Caretaking And Management For A Continuous Liveable Community


Common Property is defined in the Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act 1973 as ‘so much of the parcel as from time to time that is not comprised in any lot.’ It means that the owner of a particular property in a building, own the airspace in the boundaries of their unit but they, however, do not own the building’s main structure itself. These are mainly apartment complexes or types of dwelling whose titles are combined, like vertical or horizontal blocks of living spaces. It is best to maintain shared responsibilities in the caretaking of strata areas, especially maintaining cleanliness, for a high-density living.

Strata caretakers

Maintaining a strata property is a round the clock job. Services and assistance need to be available 24/7, as some complaints may be hazardous and need immediate assistance. Most common calls of complaints are about dripping taps, leaky pipes, vandalism on walls and illegally parked vehicles. There is a need to employ strata caretakers that can address issues efficiently and quickly. Strata caretakers manage the common property, regulate the use of common property, repair common property damage, handle tradespeople, and schedule cleaning and maintenance.

Strata cleaning

The idea of strata was Australia’s solution for dividing ownership of buildings through company titles. Therefore, strata cleaning implies to the cleaning and maintenance of common areas, but not the individual units. There are now a lot of companies specialising in strata cleaning in Sydney with various price points.

Professional services

A well-maintained strata property speaks of its owners and the company, providing a good impression. Strata property holders must never belittle the importance  of exterior cleanliness like building veneer cleaning and pressure washing. It is not wise to assume that owners can handle the strata cleaning themselves. A number of reasons are listed below pointing out the significance of hiring professionals in strata cleaning in Sydney.

  • Attempting to DIY strata cleaning is time-consuming. Employing a professional strata cleaning service will make your business uninterrupted.
  • Professional cleaners are trained to pay attention to minute details like candy wrappers in corridors, greasy elevator buttons, etc.
  • With proper training, experience, knowledge in methods and the right tools, ensures that each portion of the strata property is cleaned. It would be hard to clean heightened windows ceilings and parking spaces yourself.

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How To Hire An Inbound Marketer


Finding an inbound marketer is not a problem. In fact, you can try and search for one using your favorite search engine and you will see a long list of companies offering their inbound marketing services. If you are sure that you need the help of an inbound marketing agency such as crewdo but do not know where to start, take a look at the following suggestions.

Search for local service providers

There is a good reason why hiring inbound marketers within your area is an advantage. For one, you can easily conduct a face to face meeting with their agents for a more comprehensive discussion on how you can improve your website. It would also be better if you can easily access and talk with your inbound marketer at any time of the day without the worries of distance and incurring long distance call costs. Your coordination with the inbound marketing does not end after a single transaction. You need to meet with the staff at least once every quarter to discuss your website’s progress and the things that need to be improved on.

Ask for sample works

Of course, you would not rely the success of your website to just about any inbound marketer that you find online such as crewdo. You need to ensure that you will get the best in the industry. Thus, ask for sample works or websites that the agency have previously worked on. You may also want to ask for the contact information of their current customers so you can talk with them and see how their experience with the inbound marketing is doing.

Search and compare

Even if you think that you have already found the right inbound marketing company, you should not stop your search right away. Look for other service providers such as crewdo in your area and compare the different important aspects that matters when you engage with an inbound marketing. One is the rates. Check how other companies are faring when it comes to professional fees. Check also the value added services that you can get from your target company.


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What A Trump Presidency Means To Australia


Donald Trump was elected as the new president of the United States. As the results rolled in that Trump was winning the elections, Australia fears that its relationship with the White House will be much worse. A poll on Australia respondents revealed that 50% wanted Australia to distance itself from the United States with only 11% believing on Trump’s foreign policy over that of Clinton.

How will a Trump presidency affect Australia?

Before the presidential elections, Shane Oliver, AMP Capital chief economist, warned that interest rates may rise following a tightening of global credit markets. If Trump will proceed with his economic and trade policies that can result in rising global tariff and restrictions on imports and exports, investors in Australia who are heavily exposed to global trade currents will be severely affected.

Australia has strong economic relationships and military alliance with the United States considering that the former has always been a good and powerful friend but this friendship may be put to a test with Trump’s presidency. When news reports started pouring in the Trump was likely to be the winner, Greens leader Richard Di Natale called on the Australian government to reconsider the nation’s long-standing ANZUS military alliance. Malcolm Turnbull immediately responded through ABC that Australia remains to be independent.

According to Brooking’s Institute security analyst, Thomas Wright, Australia’s defence relationship as well as its military alliance will be put to test with the Trump presidency. Australia’s strategic environment will be transformed. In the South China Sea, Australia could be left high and dry if Trump vacates US strategic interest. The United States has always guaranteed peace, stability and security in the region but Trump is violently against American alliances. Former leaders of the United States know the importance of global leadership but Trump seems oblivious to the idea.

On the other hand, as businesses prosper in Australia, establishments will continue to require Commercial Cleaner in Gold Coast. A clean and well-maintained office is a necessity to impress visitors, clients, suppliers and potential customers. Professional cleaning staff ensures that their skills and expertise will provide the office with a good image.


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How You Can Save From Plumbing Services


Having your important utilities at home fixed or checked, means you would be compelled to spend money for the services or replacements. Because times are hard and the money you save today could literally save you in the future, it is only understandable for you ensure that you only spend for services with satisfying results.

One way to stretch your money’s worth is by making sure that you only hire the experts from Pro-Jett plumbing industry. Conduct a small research and find out who among the plumbing companies in your area is highly reputable. Perhaps you can ask a friend who recently had their plumbing or heating systems fixed if they got excellent results on the repair. For sure, you won’t mind paying extra; so long as you are assured that no unnecessary repeat repairs would take place.

You can also save money by observing a few preventive techniques. For instance, regularly clean your sink or toilet drains. Make sure that you remove hair, gunk, waste materials or other sediments that may have accumulated on the surface of your drain. You also have to ensure that your heating and plumbing systems are regularly checked by professional Pro-Jett service providers. If your facility is already old, consider replacing it with a more updated model. The latest appliances nowadays have energy-saving features that would help you save more money while utilizing them and at the same time, you get to avoid spending for unnecessary repairs.

Another excellent way to save money on repairs is by simply following the maintenance and user’s guide found on the appliance’s manual. If you are not sure, you can always check on the internet for care and maintenance of appliances that do not require professional Pro-Jett plumbing services. Do not attempt to fix or tinker your heater if you do not have the skills and professional knowledge to do so. You just might worsen the problem or totally damage the appliance instead. Leave the repairs to the experts and do not wait for emergencies before you contact a plumber. Contact them right away for useful advice.


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Top 3 Advantages Of Virtual Offices


Setting up a business can be quite expensive. You would have to find a physical office area, hire office staff, spend on overhead expenses and of course, you have to purchase office equipment for your day to day operation. Because of heavy expenses business needs to cover, it is no wonder that   Virtual Offices in Siam are increasingly getting popular. Virtual offices are, by all means, the business set up of modern trade and commerce of today. Here are the reasons why:

Less Operational Costs

Because you will not maintain a physical office, you won’t have to construct a building or rent an office space. That alone, will constitute a lot of savings for your business. And since you do not have a physical office, you won’t have to spend for repair and maintenance of the building. You don’t have to worry about monthly dues and utility bills as well. Since you have no overhead expenses, you get to save more on your operations and you have the option to lower down the price or rates of your services to attract more customers.

Global talents

Since you would maintain a Virtual Offices in Siam, your ability to recruit talents becomes unlimited. Even if you are in Thailand, you can hire employees in the US and other parts of the world. A virtual office also eliminates the need to conduct a regular hiring process allowing you to save money even more.

Employee Freedom and Flexibility

Virtual Offices in Siam are both beneficial to the employer and the employees as well. Since workers won’t have to travel to and from work on a daily basis, they save on transportation and clothing expenses. At the same time, they have the freedom to work as they please so long as they can deliver what is expected of them at the end of the day. Since workers can adjust their time and carry their jobs wherever they are, they can afford to go on vacation in the middle of the week. Employees can also maximize their time at work and even on vacation.


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Increasing Demand For International Handmade Carpets


Domotex Asia/China Floor is considered as the leading flooring trade exhibition in Asia Pacific and the second largest flooring exhibition in the world. The target of the exhibit is emerging Asian markets. The exhibit is getting more international exposure with the substantial increase in participation from various countries. The exhibition space as of September was 13.3% larger compared to the space that was booked for the same time last year.

Overall perception on handmade carpets

If carpets are handmade, they are generally perceived to be expensive, artistic and luxurious. Carpets are now being considered as an important element of interior decoration not just covering for the floor. Because of the improvements in China’s economy, the wealth and quality of life of the Chinese have increased rapidly. As a result, the demand for luxury products also increased to enhance the aesthetics of residential buildings and interiors.

Chinese customers are the biggest spenders when it comes to luxury products particularly those that come from abroad. This has increased the demand for internationally manufactured carpets. Carpet producers that used to sell their products to retailers or interior decorators have to satisfy a bigger international market. Interior decorators are also more focused on outsourcing high end products to meet the demands of their wealthy customers.

While the focus of the exhibit is handmade and high end carpets, it is also dedicated to other flooring products like ceramic tiles and Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) outdoor decking. For the first time in the exhibition, manufacturers of these flooring products are given special areas for display. The carpet sector occupies the biggest space in the exhibit to accommodate handmade carpet manufacturers from Afghanistan, India, Iran, Nepal and Pakistan. Bangladesh is also joining the exhibit for its carpet raw materials that is mainly jute.

If the carpet is handmade and luxurious, it requires professional carpet cleaning to ensure that it retains its original beauty. To ensure quality and excellent carpet cleaning, your best option is carpet cleaning Perth that will provide you the best value from your investment. Fully trained technicians take great pride with work and will leave your carpet looking like new.


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Education Service In Thailand Plans To Branch Out In Cambodia


OnDemand Education, a private tutoring firm, is planning to build another branch but this time in Cambodia by 2017. This is to aid parents who are in the middle class in preparing their kids for their chance to enter a prestigious university.

The middle class families in Cambodia and growing and they are familiar with the native language of Thailand which is Thai as well as their culture. They have learned it through the television shows they watch. Parents now have the means to fund the studies of their children in other countries such as Thailand. This is according to a statement made by Sathorn Upanwan who is the chief executive.

He also added that the recent regulations in Cambodia have paved way for international schools as well as foreign tutoring services to build their institutions there.

OnDemand is now busy looking for business partners in order for them to branch out in Cambodia.

The Cambodian students will have a curriculum that will focus on two languages, the native Cambodian and English which will be taught with the help of the specially designed curriculum of OnDemand.

Mr. Sathorn expressed that parents have the same goals be it in Thailand or in Cambodia, especially those who are in the wealthier class and that is to see their children get the best education they can. It is an opportunity for the children to land a good job in the future. He added that OnDemand, as of the moment, is also carrying out a feasibility study regarding the probability of building another branch in Myanmar.

Thailand is now facing a major issue which is the decline of birth rate and more and more families prefer to have one child only, majority of the parents are looking for schools in the primary and secondary level that can offer English programs. This is now one of their top most priorities especially to those who can afford to send their kids to school.

As more and more kids are being sent to school, there are now more opportunities for those who wish to teach in Thailand especially the English language.


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Reduced Leasing Term For Da Lat-Trai Mat Railway


According to the proposed term by the VRA or Vietnam Railway Authority which was given an approval by the Ministry of Transport, the previous leasing term that was agreed for Da Lat-Trai Mat railway line was reduced from the proposed 30 years in the previous year to 18 years.

An investment is being negotiation which is coming from a public-private partnership or PPP. The estimated funding was 198 billion VND or $88 million which covers the interest that will be incurred during the borrowings as well as the clearance costs of the site. This is higher than the previous estimate made last year at 110 billion VND or $49 million.

The railway line is around 7 km in length and it is a part of the route departing at Phan Rang city located in the south central part of Ninh Thuan province going to the Da Lat which is located in the central highlands in the province of Lam Dong. The line was constructed back in 1932 but because of the war it was left unused starting from 1972.

It was only in 1991 that the line was repaired in order to transport tourists that are going to Trai Mat, an agriculture farm that is found in Da Lat and other tourists are visiting the nearby tourist spots.

The number of tourists it has gathered is not enough though and because of the high maintenance it requires, the line has proven to be a burden to the railway industry of Vietnam.

Currently, the line has three trains that are going about the six daily trips and the train tickets are only 20,000 VND or $0.90.

According to VRA, the annual revenue that was collected from the specific route over the past three years is only 2.981 billion VND or $133,830 while the maintenance costs reaches up to 1.27 billion VND or $57,000. The operational costs are around 2.691 billion or $120,800 and the costs on infrastructure is around 280 million VND or $12,570.

The Da Lat-Trai Mat route is the first line to be offered for lease in the country in order to improve its use and upgrade its current condition. If you are planning to take a train in Vietnam, book ahead via 12Go Asia.

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Why Drug Abuse Is A Significant Problem Of The US Economy


Drug abuse and addiction to heroin, morphine and painkillers has become a significant problem of the economy, health and social environment of the world. In the United States alone, it is believed that there are about 2.1 million individuals who are dealing with drug abuse. The consequences are certainly frustrating because the number of unintentional drug overdose has more than quadrupled since 1999.

Deaths from painkiller and heroin overdose are more than the deaths in traffic accidents. The number of deaths due to overdose in 2014 was 28,000, the highest number ever recorded by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of the deaths were due to painkillers so that doctors are urged to be more careful when prescribing opiods and pain relievers.

In an effort to fight the use and abuse of heroin and opiods, funds for treatment were increased by the Federal Government. They also put more importance in the promotion of education and awareness regarding the drug problem of society. President Obama has pledged to educate Americans and to increase their awareness on substance abuse and addiction. States are using the proclamation of the president to introduce activities that will reduce the number of deaths from drug abuse, an epidemic that has devastated families. States are hopeful that the announcement of the president will improve access to information, treatment and recovery.

What states consider to be the potential culprit in drug overdose is fentanyl, a pain reliever that is similar to morphine. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. In New Mexico, at least 90% of 540 overdose deaths are attributed to heroin and prescription painkillers in 2014. This is the second to the highest record of overdose-related deaths after West Virginia. The statistics of opiod-related deaths will hopefully be reduced through education and prevention.

Patients have written about their positive experiences from Passages Malibu. People who have gone to the drug treatment and rehabilitation center have actually stayed clean and drug free. Patients have managed to achieve early recovery because the staff of Passages is compassionate and inspiring in making patients change for the better.


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Court Filing Reveals Gender Biased Against Microsoft

A gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against the software giant Microsoft and based on the court papers that were filed, the investigators from the Labor Department of the United States are able to find preliminary evidence that will prove that Microsoft is guilty of gender-based discrimination. This year, the department was able to inform the company of the findings.

The filing was made in United States District Court located in Seattle. There are three women behind the lawsuit against Microsoft and they are represented by an attorney named Kelly Dermody. These women are suing the company for allegedly discriminating them because of their gender. According to Dermody, the federal agency has already given notice of violation documents to the company during the months of May and June. The statement also said that the notices are about the department’s investigation as to the allegation of gender discrimination when it comes to pay and promotions for women.

Aside from the court filings, Dermody refused to give a comment.

From another statement by Microsoft’s spokeswoman, the company did not address directly the subject regarding the contents of the notices but it claims that they are in disagreement with the conclusion made. The company reiterated that they are committed to providing a diverse workplace for their employees and an environment where all the workers will have equal opportunity to be successful in their careers.

The spokeswoman also added that the federal government is conducting reviews in a regular basis concerning thousands of employers and they are issuing hundreds of these notices. The notice is considered as just a step needed. Microsoft is working together with the federal agency to answer all the queries they might have as well as to show them that the company is committed in giving equal opportunities to all of their employees.

The lawsuit was filed last year and the fact that the notices were handed over was revealed as a part of the ongoing battle. The lawsuit claims that Microsoft is discriminating when it comes to pay and promotion for their women employees. As big a company Microsoft is, there is no need for a process server because the federal government is in charge of the case.

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Tourism And Increased Government Spending To Stimulate Thailand’s Economy

The weak demand for Thailand’s exports was offset by increased government spending on road and rail projects. At the same time, the central bank also kept its key interest rates unchanged to allow time for the government’s fiscal spending to kick start growth. Investor confidence was further boosted by the peaceful completion of a national vote on the constitution last August 7. After the series of bombing attacks on the southern provinces of Thailand, the military has made security as its top priority.

Tourism has returned on the affected areas because the bombing are a one-time event that will soon disappear. Besides that the people have faith on the government that it can keep the situation under control. Bombings are no longer a risk factor for the second half of the year. Tourism and government spending are likely to be the key drivers for the second half of the year particularly since economic forecasts raised the estimate for tourist arrivals to about 33.5 million for the year as compared to the previous estimates of 33 million.

The baht has gained 0.2% to 34.712 against the US Dollar. According to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) the GDP or gross domestic product has expanded by 3.5% in the last three months through June from a year earlier. The numbers are close to the 3.3% estimate of Bloomberg News survey of 22 analysts. In fact, GDP grew by 0.8% from the previous three months as compared to the 0.5% median estimate.

The Prime Minister has issued a series of economic stimulus measures worth more than $18 billion since last September to support local demand. The NESDB expects that the government will further disburse 110.5 billion baht in the form of stimulus funds in addition to the 217 billion baht in the first six months of the year so that the economy can recover.

However, in spite of the economic problems, the real estate industry of Thailand remains strong. Tourist arrivals continue to increase with investors looking at different housing options. Pattaya condo for sale is easily available due to number of condominium developments in the coastal region.

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North Carolina Furniture Market’s Attendance Fell Slightly After Lgbt Law

The attendance for the famed furniture market in North Carolina fell slightly. This is an effect of the limiting protections for the LGBT community enacted into a law in March this year. North Carolina signed the most anti-LGBT law in the United States according to critics. LGBTQ advocates, civil rights groups and many corporations conveyed huge disappointments after the passing of the said law.

House Bill 2 prevents cities and counties in North Carolina from enacting their own rules against anti-discrimination rules. This is a statewide rule leaving out gender identity and sexual orientation.

The law orders government agencies, public schools and college campuses to designate bathrooms and other facilities by biological sex written from the birth certificate. This means that transgenders can only use these facilities if they get their biological sex changed on their birth certificates. North Carolina is the only state requiring public schools and universities to have students use bathrooms according to their biological sex. Attendance numbers from the High Point Market including exhibitors, buyers, media and students summed to a little over 79,000. This is a decrease from the previous year. Given last year, attendance rose 2.5% from 2014.

The High Point Markets, happening twice in a year, bring a 5 billion dollar yearly economic activity to the state of North Carolina. Before House Bill 2, April’s event was the largest economic activity in the state.

Buyers for Williams-Sonoma Inc. including Pottery Barn and West Elm shunned the event. There were no furniture makers and furniture importers that missed the opportunity to display their updated products like Home Furniture, Bathroom Furniture and many more. In addition, they already spent millions of dollars aside from months of preparations for their showrooms and entertainment.

It was already predicted by the market authorities that hundreds may skip the event. However, no mentions were said of the law, and no one from the market mentioned anything about the delay of the figures’ release for this year. The next market is set to take place in October days prior to the fall election which might affect the governor’s race as a reaction from the voters due to the House Bill 2.

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The Future Of The Packaging Industry After The Brexit Vote

The Future Of The Packaging Industry After The Brexit Vote

When Brexit vote won, economic activity deteriorated and both the manufacturing and service sectors saw a decline in the amount of outputs and orders. On the other hand, exports increased due to the weakening pound. Service providers like insurance and advertising companies are feeling less positive about the economy than at any time since the since the height of the global recession. Even the packaging industry has been affected particularly when purchasing raw materials from Europe.

On the other hand, the packaging industry has been advised to calm down following the Brexit vote because according to Kieran Ferguson of paper merchant Warren, paper mills are taking a long view and they are trying to maintain current prices. However, this caveat will depend on how the exchange rates move and prices will likely be reviewed. If the packaging industry cannot absorb the increase in prices of raw materials, their option is to pass it on to customers. Given the nature of the packaging industry, an average 5% increase in raw materials, associated margins and volatility of the exchange rate will have to be passed on.

So far, the packaging industry is trying to minimize the impact on the customers by offering product options where no price increase has been applied or from the existing stocks that have not yet been affected. The current situation in Britain is really difficult for all parties but it is time for calm heads to intervene. Sensible discussions between customers and suppliers will recognize the challenges currently faced. With cooperation and a little luck, the challenges will be overcome.

Because of the escalation of the fallout from the business community due to Brexit, business leaders are planning to cut spending by next year. The UK vote to leave the European Union seems to be hitting business confidence. According to forecast group EY Item Club, investments and consumer spending are bound to be held back due to economic uncertainty.

In the United States, Paper Mart is one of the trusted names in the industry. With over 90 years experience in providing different packaging products and supplies to customers, Paper Mart is your best option for quality and low prices.

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Different Ways Brexit Will Affect International Law Firms

Since the vote for leaving EU has been announced, there is already chaos in the world market but how does it affects the international law firms? Though Brexit will not be taking place for another two years, there are already immediate impacts it has caused to many industries far and wide. For starters, sterling has decreased by over 10 per cent – the lowest it has ever been for over three decades. Here are different ways the decision over Brexit will affect the international law firms:

– Brexit may be bad news for some such as the world market, the currencies and even the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, who resigned following the decision. Law firms, on the other hand, will be busy with the influx of client inquiries asking them how Brexit will affect the state of their business. Many of the big firms must have installed a 24 hour hotline in order to accommodate all of their clients and their demands.

– Lawyers in the field of trade, financial as well as regulatory services will be very busy and will most likely spend 80 hours working every week, the same cannot be said for transactional lawyers. Investors will not be making any move while the market is in turmoil thus they will not be doing any deals with such unpredictable market.

– The financial aspect of the law firms will be affected because the transactional services they do are the main revenue driver. Now, that aspect is more likely to slow down, if not halt, for a while. The advisory work that they will be doing with their clients following Brexit will be another way to compensate and will make their relationship stronger.

– Lawyers based in London will not be having any new foreign clients soon considering that the value of pound has take a dive. They used to be viewed as the most expensive lawyers in the world but since the pound is weaker, foreign clients will be paying them with foreign currency and the same currency will be paid to the partners.
For businesses in Thailand that are unsure of what to do after the Brexit, there is a reputable International Law Firm in Bangkok & Samui that they can seek advice from.

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Why Asian Residential Properties Have Become Extremely Popular To Foreign Buyers


The prices of residential properties in Asia have remained low and their currencies are weak compared to the dollar. This is the major reason why foreign investors are extremely interested in the Asian property market. Early this year, Thailand’s property firms made efforts to promote residential projects overseas and they became successful enough to close deals with some foreign buyers who were looking for a second or third home in the nation.

Last year, Sansiri, a leading property developer in Thailand, recorded presales worth 3.5 billion baht to foreign buyers. For the first two quarters of this year, Sansiri recorded 2 billion baht from its condo sales to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China property buyers. The overall sales target for presales for this year is 42 billion baht.

The implementations of Asean Economic Community this year including the weaker baht are the reasons for the major boost in foreign demand towards condominiums in Bangkok’s central business district.  Buyers from Hong Kong and Mainland China are the main target of property developers that are focused on high-end residential projects.

However, it is not only Thailand that is experiencing a boost in its property market; other countries in Asia are also experiencing high demand from foreign investors. For the second quarter of this year, Vietnam sold more than 10,000 apartments to foreign buyers who were legally allowed to own up to 30% of the apartment units in a project. The total number of units sold in 2015 was double that of 2014 because of the continuing support provided by banks to developers and buyers.

Meanwhile, Indonesia under President Widodo has amended its property laws to allow foreigners to own landed houses as long as they hold resident permits. This is part of the government’s efforts to boost the economy of Indonesia and to attract foreign investors in the country.

If you are an overseas buyer who wants to invest in a condo for sale Bangkok, you best option is to work with professional real estate agents who are familiar with Thailand property market. You can buy with confidence when you gain knowledge and firsthand experience with the local market.

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