Sunday, September 30, 2012

Advantages Of Stretch Film

Whether you are just shipping your products within the country or across the ocean, you would want it to be in a good condition. Research shows that the use of stretch film has been proven cost effective and time consuming. That is why most of the companies prefer to use it on their products. Some of them even customized it through the years in the business. They have found advantages in using this stretch film before they would ship their products.
It was very useful because it prevents the goods from being lost. Aside from it is transparent, one could easily notice if something's missing with the product. It is also easy to store and pull out from your inventory because the stretch film can be printed with the available stocks left. It also insures protection and easily identification of the products wrapped because of the color coding films. One can also easily be detected or hold on to because of the different sizes provided. Whether it is for small boxes or the large ones, it can be modified and wrapped all together. It can as well reinforce brand image when the company's name is being printed in the film. Bold print is encouraged for the shipment for distance identification.
With the numerous advantages entailed, you may now be thinking to ship your product as soon as you're done with the packaging. But let me give you some criteria to consider first before you do that. These questions are often taken for granted although we know that these are very important especially when we are thinking about the safety of our goods. We should be thinking about what is the required level of hold force retention. In this way we will be able to identify the thickness of the stretch film to be used. You may want to check if your load is requiring you for a greater puncture resistance or tear resistance. Does your item have a high value? You might need to conceal the contents for further protection. The distance of the shipment should also be in great consideration. How long the shipment will be and how it will reach your receiver. The storage of the item is sometimes the most neglected task. Remember, when your item is free from dust or from any kind of dirt of course it has a higher value in the market and that means higher income in your pocket. You should be asking if the product will stay outdoors for a long time so that you can use the UV stretch film on it. Will you be using specialty stretch film such as anti-static stretch film, heavy gauge film or bundling and banding films?
Most of the products that are being commercially sold require a high demand of stretch wrap film. One should be very well equipped in knowledge especially in packaging. LLDPE Stretch wrap calculator has been created for us to properly compute the need of the film requirement. It is widely available in the internet so all we need to do is have it useful.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

4 Ways to Ensure That You Select the Best Ad Agency

Advertising is a highly specialized field and it is also very important in ensuring your company's success. Whether you work for a large corporation or own your own home-based business, you are bound to require the services of a good advertising company. If you are planning to hire the best ad agency, then you should certainly use the following tips:
1. The agency has plenty of experience dealing with a company like yours: This will ensure that the agency has a good understanding of what environment your business operates in. If you are in the music business then your agency should have detailed knowledge about this industry.
2. The agency is able to take care of all your advertising needs: There is more to promoting a product than just using advertising. Besides, there are many different media that can be used from time to time. A good advertising agency should be able to help you create print, radio and television ads. Each of these media requires different styles of advertisements. A good ad agency will have plenty of employees on board so that it is able to meet all your requirements.
3. The agency is able to offer you personalized attention: You'll need to be able to count on your advertising agency to offer you prompt service. A good way to ensure this is to select an agency that is more or less comparable with the size of your company. If yours is a small business then it is best that you hire an agency of the similar size. If you hire a very large company then you might not get the personalized attention you deserve; these companies normally reserve their best resources for large clients.
4. The company should have expertise in internet marketing: The field of marketing has changed tremendously over the past few years. If your ad agency cannot help you promote your business on the internet then you will not get the maximum benefit from it. Keep in mind that increasingly large numbers of people use the internet for getting information and entertainment.
Each client has different criteria when it comes to selecting the best ad agency. Make sure that you understand your needs properly so that you can make a proper selection. If you have the services of the best ad agency, then you can stay rest assured to aim higher in life with absolutely no issues to pop up.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Start, Run and Manage a Successful Business

There are things you have to understand for you to find out what makes a successful business. You'll need these to guide you and tell you what you have to do to start your business.
Here are the 6 Fundamental steps:
1. Passion - In order to make a business, you DO NOT venture into a specific business because that is the trend and it brings in the cash for now. You evaluate yourself and understand what your passion is or the things you love to do. That is your best business idea. Time is an investment you can't get back and when you mix passion with work, you'll be able to dedicate yourself for a long time. You do not want to invest yourself in something you would not want to do continuously.
2. Research - You now have an idea, now it's time to do a market research, identify if there's a market for your product, is there a need for it? If so, then it's positive sign for you. That means there are people who needs your product or service and are willing to buy from you.
3. Opportunities - If there is a market, for sure there are competitors, look for opportunities to scout competitors and identify how you can improve your product or service and make it better or something that would give it more value than theirs. Keep in mind, a product only needs 10% improvement in order to gain a significant share in the market
4. Materials - Identify the resources you will need. Starting with your capital, what are the skills you need, what equipments, facilities, etc. It is important to keep a list and get only what is needed to make your business, don't worry if you're only starting small. Think about it this way, when you plant a tree it doesn't grow enormous overnight, you take it one step at a time then continue letting your business grow in time.
5. Promotion - Once you have everything planned and ready to go, the next thing you have to focus on is promoting your product or service, letting everyone know that you are in business and you have something to offer that the market needs. You should make your promotion strategies convincing and persuasive, let them know about the quality, the price, what is new or what is different about your product or service or simply the overall value that it offers your customer that makes it distinct and better than your competitors.
6. Technology - With the fast paced growth of technology these days, you have to take it into consideration when you are in business. There are various ways you can use technology to scout competitors, identify and inform new and current market through social media regarding your product or service whether you have something new or just reminding them that you are in business and is still consistently providing quality products or services.
Just remember Passion, Research, Opportunities, Materials, Promotion and Technology (P.R.O.M.P.T), these are the steps you have to consider for you to successfully start up your career changing business. And lastly, Enjoy! Part of having your own business is being able to laugh and have fun with what you do, appreciate the joy of earning from your passion and let yourself prosper and grow with the business.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Positive Language Works

Positive language works!
The next time you meet a friend in the corridor, stop him and say, "Psst... don't look behind," and see his reaction. Nine out of ten of your 'victims' will jerk their heads to look behind! The same thing happens when you put up a sign saying 'Wet Paint. Do not touch'. You had better put up a container of paint remover nearby; quite a few of those who read the message are going to touch! So why do we behave in this way? NLP professionals, and even those who have casually read NLP literature, will smile and nod wisely; they know why: The human mind reacts to positive words, even if they are contained within negative messages.
In other words, when we tell someone not to do something, they tend to do it. This is especially true with children. When we tell them not to touch something, they will touch it at the first opportunity when we are not looking. My two-year-old son gave himself a mild shock when he put his hand into a VCR player slot. He was inspired by his cautious mother who had reminded him a few times not to put his hand into the slot.
This reaction to negative messages is not new knowledge. As early as 1965, my 'Principles of Education' lecturer in Teachers' Training College (Now Institute of Education) told my class that children do not react to 'don'ts'. If you tell them 'Don't forget to do your homework', they forget; if you tell them 'don't make noise' the noise level will increase and so on. Their minds automatically reinterpret 'don'ts' into 'dos'. The classic example is when someone says 'Don't panic' and everyone panics! I do not know of any logical explanation for this. It looks like the human mind just works this way. The remedy: reorganise the message in positive terms. Tell children 'Remember to do your homework' or 'Please keep quiet' and in a situation when people may panic say 'Keep calm', or to use modern terminology 'Stay cool'.
In the real world, lots of people are beginning to show that we understand this concept and bending the way we talk and write. It is heartening to note that LTA's messages on the expressways are no more 'Don't Speed' or 'Speed Kills'. Now they write 'Drive with care. Think of our loved ones'. Perhaps this is also why 7-Eleven changed their message from 'Always Close, Never Closed' to 'Always Near, Always Open'. Anti-Smoking campaigns are now more oriented towards healthy living instead of condemning the habit. By the way, I have yet to meet someone who had been frightened into stopping smoking after looking at the frightening pictures on cigarette packets. Strangely, the number of new people who light-up seems to be increasing every year! Here are some messages we could re-write in positive terms.
Instead of... Say...
Closed on Sunday Open Monday to Saturday
This gate (or car park) will be closed from 11PM to 5AM. This gate (or car park) will remain open from 5AM till 11PM.
In case of fire, do not use lifts. In case of fire, use the stairs.
No running on the stairs. Walk carefully on the stairs.
No children allowed. Only adults (above 21) allowed.
Implications for Business Communication
This tendency has useful implications on how we should talk, and write, to customers and clients. Besides that, business communication gurus advocate that a better impression is created when we speak in positive rather than in negative terms. Hence, we do not tell the customer 'We regret to inform you that the item is presently out of stock'. A better impression is created when we say 'Fresh stocks will be arriving in just three weeks'.
Here are some positive ways of speaking and writing business messages:
Instead of... Say...
We cannot send you the goods as you have not sent us the payment. We will send you the goods as soon as we receive payment.
You cannot take leave now because of Chinese New Year. I will gladly approve your leave if you apply after Chinese New Year.
The model you have asked for is no longer in production. The model you have asked for has now been replaced with a better model.
Sorry, I cannot meet you on Monday. I will be happy to meet you on Tuesday.
We cannot replace the item as it was not damaged by us (or worse: as it has been damaged by you). We will happily replace any item damaged by us or by the manufacturer.
Please do not be late for the meeting. Please be punctual for the meeting.
I am sorry; I cannot submit the report by Monday. Please give me another two days to complete the report.
Mr X's services have been terminated. (I have even seen 'Mr X has been terminated. Poor man!) Mr X has been released from his services to the company. (The Americans say 'We had to let him go'.)
Your application has not been successful. Thank you for your interest. The position has been filled. (Or: The contract has been awarded.) Thank you for your interest.
The shipment has been delayed because of bad weather. In spite of inclement weather, the shipment will arrive next week.
Notice how the positive messages take away the gloom of the negative messages and replace them with brighter, happier moods, though the message remains the same.
Actually, using positive language to describe negative or unpleasant news or situations seems to be part of good business language. Whoever heard of 'bus fare increase', 'retrenchment' or 'pay cut'? It is always 'bus fares have been adjusted'; the company has undergone re-organisation'; or 'pay as been revised'. In fact, using euphemisms has been part of the human psyche in every language. We do not say 'died' but 'passed away'; 'cemetery' but 'memory garden', or 'ill' but 'indisposed'. If these are not enough, new ones have been recently created, such as: 'visually challenged', 'hearing impaired' and so on.
Even for Self-Improvement
To top it all, self-improvement gurus swear that thinking, saying and writing positive language actually makes us become positive people and can lead us to success. Hence, all in all, it seems that making a special effort to think, speak and write messages in positive terms have great, positive implications for all of us. We have everything to gain.