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Stick With Me: Temperature Can Affect Price Tag Security

If you own or manage a store, be on the lookout for the scam where someone replaces the real price tag on an item with a fake tag. One way you can combat this problem is by using price tags that rip into pieces when you try to remove them. The tags take much longer to remove, making it more likely that the crook will be discovered. But be aware of the types of tags you use should you decide to go with this option. The temperature of the air and of the item in question can render these tags useless. Preventing Scams Fake price tags are the bane of places such as bookstores, especially those that sell remaindered books, those hardbacks that have been heavily discounted. However, this scam can happen in any retail environment in which the items for sale are marked with adhesive price tags. The scam can take a few forms: Someone removes a tag on a discount item and then tries to return the item for store credit for the original full price, claiming the item was a gift to explain the lack of a receipt Someone replaces a tag with a higher price with one that has a lower price and attempts to buy the item for the lower price Someone tries to remove a discount tag from one item and put it on a non-discounted item A price tag that tears into bits as you try to remove it can make the scam too annoying to attempt. It can also delay the person trying to remove the tag — that makes it...

Tips For Making Your New Company Flag As Effective As Possible

Is your company installing a commercial flag pole and working on a design for a company flag? Your company’s flag will be used to catch the attention of your customers and draw them in from a distance. To ensure that your flag serves its purpose and is widely recognizable in your community, your flag must be simple, clear, direct and easy to read. Follow these tips to ensure your flag is effective. Simplicity Simplicity is important for the purposes of recognition, clarity and readability. The more complex your flag’s design, the harder it will be for your customers to make sense of its meaning and link it back to your business. To keep your design as simple as possible, consider these tips: Use a bold sans serif typeface. Avoid curly fonts and fonts with thin letters. Keep pictures simple and iconic, avoid specificity. Leave about half the flag as negative space to ensure that the background won’t distract from the image. Color Contrast Use color contrast to your advantage. High contrast colors naturally attract attention and are also easy to distinguish from one another when seen at great distances. Contrasting color pairs usually involve one light color and one dark color, or colors found on opposite sides of the color wheel. Examples of high-contrast colors include: yellow and black, red and white, blue and gold, green and red. Size Depending on the height of your commercial flagpole, your customers may need to read the letters on your flag from very great distances. Keep your flag letters large and bold. Your customers won’t spend time staring at your flag in...

Motivate Consumers To Pay Medical Bills

It’s hard enough to get people to pay bills when they are short on cash and might actually lose something for not paying the bills. For people with a limited income, it can sometimes take drastic measures to get them to pay their medical bills. Here, you can learn of some methods you might use in order to increase the number of people who pay off their bills, even if they have gone to medical collections. Choose the one that works for your business, and let the medical collections company know they have the authority to offer such things. Reduce or Eliminate Interest When people are paying off old bills, they may struggle to see the point when the interest just keeps adding up. Give them a bit of extra motivation by reducing or eliminating the interest, provided they make their payments by a set date. This method helps them feel a sense of relief that the bill isn’t just going to get bigger, but it also helps them develop a sense of confidence in the company’s intention to help them pay off their bills. Offer Cash Discounts In some cases, people may have the funds to pay the bill in full, but might be considering using those funds for something else. If they are looking at their long term goals, that means they want to save money where they can for the long term rather than just right now. By offering a cash discount when they pay the bill in full, you give them that extra motivation to just pay the whole thing off. Offer Alternate Solutions There...

Can Telemedicine Help You Gain Access To Cutting-Edge Treatments In Rural Areas?

There are number of lifestyle advantages to living in a rural area — the ability to enjoy your freedom without neighbors whose homes are nearly within touching distance is one of the biggest. However, for some residents of rural areas, receiving emergency treatment or ongoing care for a chronic medical condition can be difficult to accomplish without traveling a long distance. Fortunately, advances in technology now allow residents of rural areas the same level of comprehensive medical care available to those who live in urban areas. Read on to learn more about telemedicine and how it may change the way you receive treatment. What is telemedicine? The term telemedicine can encompass a variety of healthcare services, from remote diagnostics to emergency treatment. When serving patients in rural areas, doctors and healthcare providers in cities are able to perform tests and analyze results in real time, using the benefit of their expensive and specialized equipment to diagnose and monitor illnesses or medical conditions. For example, if you have a high-risk pregnancy and require regular non-stress tests, ultrasounds, or other fetal monitoring, you can have these tests performed by a nurse or physician’s assistant in your town and then have results immediately analyzed by a remote obstetrician.  Telemedicine can also be used to provide psychiatric care to patients by using a webcam or internet messaging service. Not only can this allow you to seek mental health care when this level of care isn’t offered nearby, but it can allow you to maintain a relationship with a trusted psychiatrist or psychologist even after moving across the country, or while on an extended...

What You Need And Need To Know To Start A Boat Storage Business

A boat storage business does not have to be a seasonal business. In fact, you can operate a boat storage business all year long if you know what you need and how you will operate. If you have decided to start your own boat storage business then here is what you will need. Dry Dock Storage This could be a fenced in patch of dirt within a couple of miles of the water, or it could be dozens of self-storage units. If you opt for the self-storage units, all of the units should be large enough to accommodate a medium-sized speedboat, at the very least. You may also want to make sure that your business has several storage units that can contain small yachts and tall enough for the masts on sail boats. If the only dry dock boat storage you have holds little more than a u-boat for fishing, your business will not be pulling down the profits you hope to make. Wet Dock or Slip Storage For this type of boat storage, you will need to buy up a big chunk of waterfront. You will also have to build and create the slip stalls for all the boats from which you hope to collect rent. (A slip stall is essentially a parking stall in the water for boats, marked off by vertical poles in the water that your customers can also use to tie down their boats.) Just like dry dock storage, you will have to have several stalls of varying sizes to meet your renter’s needs. Additionally, you will still have to have dry dock storage...

Celebrate Sexual Diversity In The Workplace

Dealing with sexual diversity in the workplace can be a tricky matter because of all the elements involved. Rather than just trying to avoid any type of prejudice, it can be beneficial to you and your employees if you actually embrace the differences. As the human resource manager or small business owner, it’s your job to make this happen. You can learn some tips to help you and your employees enjoy sexual diversity in the workplace rather than avoid dealing with it altogether. Utilize a Random Reinforcement Program If people know they are going to receive positive reinforcement for doing something, they are more likely to do it, but they may not fully understand the message you’re trying to send. Random reinforcement offers something positive in return for an act that was done without knowing there was any type of reinforcement. This encourages behaviors that already happen, but also encourages others to try the behaviors they see. Offer longer breaks for people who hold the door open. This act is commonly done for women by men, but women want equality, so it might be good to encourage them to hold the door as well. Put a slip of paper under the door handle. The paper should read something like “If you just held the door open for someone, you deserve an extra 15 minutes for lunch today” or something similar. During a meeting, secretly keep track of how many times participants use gender-identifying pronouns when they aren’t necessary. At the end of the meeting, offer a gift certificate for lunch at a nearby restaurant to the person who uses...

Troubleshooting Frequent Issues With Your Industrial Bakery Oven

If you had to rely on small ovens to produce the amount of baked product that fills the shelves of your bakery, it is highly unlikely that you would ever get much accomplished at all. This is why your industrial bakery oven is hands-down one of the most important features in your commercial kitchen. Even though these ovens are built to withstand years of heavy use around the clock, they are not infallible and will definitely see their fair share of issues from time to time. Here are a few of the most common problems you may have with your industrial oven that may lead to you needing an industrial repair professional. Problem: The oven will not maintain a steady temperature when in operation. Solution: There could be a couple reasons for this problem, but it is more likely that you are seeing an issue with the thermometer’s calibration unit inside of the oven. When the sensor in this unit goes bad, there is no way for the thermostat to correctly maintain a steady temperature according to your temperature settings. Problem: The internal oven temperature is not providing even baking results. Solution: The majority of commercial ovens operate through some form of convection heat system where hot air is circulated throughout the internal chamber of the oven. This allows for even baking even when the oven is completely filled with racks and product. If the circulatory fans of the convection system go bad, you will see discrepancies in the baked products. For example, bread on the middle of oven racks may be perfectly done, while that on the bottom...

Tips For Protecting Your Garage Door From Winter Weather Hazards

Along with the seasonal activities, winter brings a host of threats for your home’s garage door. From the ice and snow to the cold temperatures and rock salt, the winter environment is harsh and concerning. When you get salt, ice and slush buildup in your garage door track, it can lead to groaning, grinding and a lack of response. Luckily, you can avoid many of these concerns with a little bit of preparation before the winter weather sets in. Here are some tips to help you make your garage door ready for winter. Lubricating the Track You may have a standard lubricant that you use on your garage door track most of the year, but as winter approaches, you’re going to want to invest in something a bit more durable. Winter lubricants are silicone-based, which means that they’ll hold up to the cold temperatures of winter without thickening, stiffening or binding up in the track. Cleaning the Sensors The sensors placed along the garage door track are vital to the safe operation of the door. Keeping your sensors clean and responsive is important, but the ice, salt and slush of winter can make that a constant battle. Make a point to clean the sensors frequently during the winter months and monitor the door operation for any signs of problems with the sensor response. Sealing the Door Before the cold weather starts rolling in, you’ll want to make sure your garage door is protected. Replace your door seals and weather strips around the outside perimeter of the door before fall if you want to keep the cold temperatures out. Not...

The Pros And Cons Of 3 Types Of Auto Tint

Whether or not you realize it, there is more than one type of auto window tinting. The type of tint you select for your vehicle depends on several factors, including your budget, climate, and how concerned you are with UV rays. Here are some of the types of tint and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Metalized Tint A metalized tint has several layers that consist of different metals that are adhered together during manufacturing. This particular type of tint is ideal if you want a higher level of protection from heat and UV rays.  Metalized tint is also very durable and does not fade the same way that other types of tint does.  There are some disadvantages of this type though. Metalized tint is very shiny because of the metals of which it is made. It also can be more expensive than other types.  The metal composition of the tint also can interfere with wireless signals, so you could have problems using your cell phone while in the car.  Dyed Tint Dyed tint is also layered, but it is composed of a polyester coating that is dyed. It is also highly effective at blocking out the light. In fact, it offers the highest level of blocking of any type of tinting. Unlike metalized tint, dyed tint is not shiny and it does not interfere with wireless signals. It is also cost-effective, which makes it affordable for more people.  However, there are some cons to dyed tint. Even though it blocks out a lot of light, it does not block heat as effectively as other types of tint. It...

4 Key Features Of The Most Functional Office Workstation

In an office filled with cubicles for your employees, the key to productivity is finding the delicate balance between functionality and comfort. As easy as this may sound, creating the perfect workstation can actually take a little effort. You cannot just go out and invest in whatever office furniture you can find, throw it together, and expect the space to be its best. There are four key features that the most functional office workstation should have. 1. Efficient Cubicle Walls – The basis of the perfect workstation for employees is the cubicle that sections each person off from the next. To eliminate distraction between employees in tight spaces, the walls of the cubicle should be tall enough to block the view from the front and sides of the desk. You may even consider using sound-proof cubicle walls that can help deter the transfer of sound if you have several phone operators in one space. 2. Ergonomic Chair – The office chairs you have in the workstation for employees is perhaps one of the biggest choices you will make. You should be looking for an ergonomic chair that is fully adjustable for people of different sizes and shapes. The back of the chair should be adjustable to support the lumbar spine and the height of the arms of the chair and the chair itself should be fully adjustable as well.  3. Spacious Desk – You may have to be a little conservative when it comes to space, but the last thing you want is a workspace that provides employees with cramped quarters and no space to move. Your employees should...

In my life, I often neglect the people that matter to me the most. During my busy days, I get bogged down with deadlines, house work, and errands. Sometimes, I may not even say a dozen words to my family each day. However, I always do everything in my power to protect my loved ones from harm. One of the ways I accomplished this task was to purchase a fire extinguisher. This valuable life saving device is carefully stored in one of my kitchen cabinets. While I hope that we never have to use this item, I know that it will be available if a potentially harmful situation arises. On this blog, you will learn how to shop for a fire extinguisher to protect your family with.