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5 Questions Dentists Need to Ask Payroll Service Providers

There are a lot of options out there when choosing a payroll service for growing your dental practice. Making the wrong decision can not only leave you with more compliance issues than you started with, but make for a difficult transition when you need to change again.

Choosing a payroll service provider is a big decision. Make sure that you take the time to ask the important questions that allow you to not only learn if the provider can serve you properly, but they are a fit with your team’s personality.

Are they doing it well and how can you tell?

If you choose the right payroll partner they will help to remove the liability and tactical work associated with processing payroll while help growing your dental practice. They will become an invaluable extension of your team. If you choose the wrong payroll provider, you will be just another number, deal with constant errors, and work with inexperienced “customer service” reps rather than true payroll partners.

There are also a lot of myths about what makes a good payroll partner for your dental practice. Let’s take a look at some of the questions you might not think to ask. Here are five questions you can ask your payroll provider to make a better decision;

What else do you do?

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Sometimes small business owners really want to partner with a company that can do a lot of different things for them. This can be a challenge because you often want to be able to grow in the partnership but you want to make sure that your partner is a specialist at what you need to run your business.

Be careful how much weight you put on having a single provider. If your payroll service provider also offers ancillary services such as 401k or insurance services, you will likely not talk to the same service team or get the same invoice. These services are normally handled by another business unit or maybe even another company altogether. It might just be multiple companies sharing the same logo.

Make sure that payroll and payroll tax filing are the core business of the vendor and not a “bolt on.”

How many clients are each of your support specialists responsible for?

This is an overlooked metric when dealing with national payroll providers. Often times your “dedicated” payroll specialist is the same “dedicated” specialist for 300 other companies.

You may also encounter some fuzzy math here. Many large payroll companies will try to say that their specialists only handle 30-40 accounts each. They are often part of a team that is handling several hundred accounts and they divide that number by the number of teammates regardless of how many are available at any one time.

Do you have support team members that are focused primarily on dental practices?

Even if a company purports to have tens of thousands of dental practices around the country, your support team may have never worked with one.

You know that dental and medical practices are unique and it takes a unique partner to support your needs. Our team is dedicated to supporting other practices just like yours and know how to communicate with your team.

What types of additional charges could we incur?

It is worth a shot but you will probably get an answer that it is “all inclusive” or “bundled” pricing.

This question is best posed when doing a reference check. You might ask the reference “are there additional items that you are billed for throughout the course of a year other than payroll processing?”

Payroll providers will often charge any time a service issue becomes too complicated or for quarterly or year-end services. This can be difficult to get pricing on during the sales process as they become “one-off” situations.

Can I meet my support specialist?

This is a great question because it allows you to know if you will be working with someone that has too many accounts. If there is never a time they can slip away to meet their clients, they are either not local or are overworked.

Even a simple phone call will help you get acquainted and see if you are a personality fit with your support team. Too often people buy because they have a great rapport with the sales rep and then they never see them again.

I hope that this helps when you are choosing a payroll service provider for your dental practice.

At ERG, we believe it is important to have a “face-to-face” partnership with our clients and if our support team is too overwhelmed, we could not do that. We want you to know them and them to know you. We cap our Support Specialists at 20 accounts and only hire people with previous payroll and HR experience to support our clients. We know how important it is to talk to someone who has “been there before.”

Article Source: https://www.ergpayroll.com/growing-your-dental-practice/

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Fitness Marketing

How to Create a Successful & Scalable Fitness Business

I’m just going to put this out here: it is downright difficult to compete in the Marketing For Fitness industry these days, let alone set yourself up for long-term financial success. I read a statistic recently that indicated there were nearly 37,000 health clubs/fitness centers in the United States alone. So, how in the world are you going to make sure that what you offer not only brings in enough clients to keep your head above water, but also generates enough revenue that you can rest assured that the lights will come on for another day and you may even be able to take that vacation you’ve been dreaming about for years?

Here are 5 Go-To Methods I recommend to all of my consulting clients to ensure their gym is around longer than it took to build it out:

Adjust your business model to include layers of memberships. There are many gyms out there that exist solely in one niche – one price point, one type of membership. In this current climate, that’s not going to keep you competitive. If you introduce multiple price points, you can cast a wider net to attract more potential clients in different demographic segments.

Start with your basic membership – the lowest price point – these are the people who just want to come in, do their own thing and leave. They will not require too much of your time which is good, because they’re not paying for it. Level that up to your next price point and introduce large group/team training ie: boot camps, yoga, spin – any type of class where you can have one instructor who is giving specific exercises, but in a larger group setting. It’s a little more structured, but still not too much personal attention. Your next level should be a couple of sessions of small group training per week where you cap your group to 4-6 people and each individual gets more attention. That can be bumped up again to include unlimited small group training sessions for a higher price tag. Round out your price list with private one-on-one training for those clients who want a completely individualized program and a lot of attention.  Each level will appeal to a different type of client and require a specific level of interaction in direct relation to the price tag.

You MUST have multiple profit centers – ideally 6-8 sources. This is where many gyms set themselves up for failure. What do I mean by this? Diversify your offerings! Just like with stocks, you do not ever want to put all of your eggs in one basket. What if that basket breaks? Your completely out of luck. Don’t tie all of your potential into one profit center. Explore alternate product offerings such as supplements, sports performance, nutrition, heart rate monitors, specialty programs, saunas, massage/FST, workshops, clinics, seminars…the list is only limited by your own creativity. Whatever you do will not only open up another revenue stream, but will also increase your overall visibility and perceived value in the community, in turn leading to additional potential clients.

If you don’t currently offer Small Group Training (SGT), get that set up immediately. Over the past ten years, private training clients have become fewer and further between. At the same time, the interest in small group training (4-6 clients) has grown exponentially. While my gym tends to attract more private training clients than many across the nation due to its location, I still wanted to figure out how to take advantage of the SGT trend and make it just as lucrative for my gym and it worked out perfectly. Now, they are not only tied to the trainers, the program and the gym itself; they are now tied with the other members in the group. It creates more of a bond.

Let’s use my own numbers at Pulse Fitness for reference. My trainer was already going to set aside an hour of his time for Private Training Client A for $80.  For that same hour of his time, we decided to replace out the single session PT client with a SGT session. I lowered the individual cost of each client to $45 per client and raised the number of clients to 4 in same time slot. I am now bringing in $180 for the same hour with the same coach which is more than 2.5 times the total I collected for the single private training client during the same amount of time. Why wouldn’t you do this?! Not to mention that most of our PT clients only purchase a handful of sessions and then move on. Our SGT clients tend to sign monthly contracts that earn this same hourly rate month after month. Don’t miss out on that piece of the financial pie.

Marketing For Fitness

Marketing For Fitness

Do not pay your trainers per head, per session or a percentage. Pay your trainers a flat rate for their time; not for what they’re doing. This does several things for you. First of all, it keeps your employee costs predictable every month. Gym Owners are, as a whole, pretty bad with money. As soon as it comes in, we spend it. This way, there are no surprises when it comes to payroll and you know exactly how much is left over to cover any unexpected expenses. Secondly, it doesn’t matter if your trainer has one client or 30, your costs do not change. You can keep your coaches on a set schedule that is hourly so that no matter what they do, they make the same amount. This puts you in charge of your own gym, your own payroll, your trainers and your own money – not the other way around.

Stop selling sessions! If there is only one thing that you take away from this blog, remember this: stop selling sessions and start selling results. Everyone is different and it takes a different amount of time to reach their goals. There is no way to say that someone can reach their goal in 5 sessions, 10 sessions, or more, especially since these session packages don’t usually expire. One client may come in 5 x week and spend the entire 10-session package by week two; another may come in twice one week and you won’t see their smiling face again for a month! Hence any results they may have expected or you may have promised are impossible to predict.

Additionally, most trainers are not very good sales people as they intrinsically want to help people and feel “bad” asking for money from the same clients time and again. Remove that obstacle and sell people into monthly memberships with x sessions per month instead of x sessions total. Sell them into the long-term results they will get from continuing with a program – lose body fat, increase self-confidence, feel great about themselves, or accomplish the impossible. This way, you’re only selling a client once and you will have recurring monthly EFTs.

 

Article Source:- https://pfmarketingsolutions.com/2017/12/04/fitness-business-success/

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Decorative Antique Brass Stair Rods

Brass stair rods in antique and decorative deigns; elegant Zoroufy stair rods to hold runners and Transitional area rugs in place; stair rod brackets and the supplies you need to accent your stairway carpets at affordable prices – we recommend the best products stair rod products in the US.

Stair rods hold your stairway carpets in place and add a decorative final touch. The most popular brass stair rods in the US can be found through online shops like Stair Crazy. For stair rods US residents can have delivered easily and quickly there are also online options like Stairrods US where a wide selection of designs are available. Let’s look first at the products available in the US.

Brass Stair Rods in The USA by Stair Crazy

Woburn is a name you can keep in mind because their stair rods are solid brass. They are sold in 3 different widths and have 7 different finishes and 3 bracket options. All the sets are sold complete with rods, brackets, screws and finials. Choose between solid rods, hollow rods, triangular rods and clips.

Another brand name to keep in mind is Akeman, which also have solid brass stair rod designs with hand turned finials. You can select from 4 widths, 6 bracket styles and 8 different finishes.

The first is the ball stair rod, the second is called the beacon design, the third is the castle design and the forth is the oval solid brass stair rod. The fifth end design is a turret style, and there is also a finial available in the antique brass stair rods collection by Akeman.

Homepride Stair Rods are a hollow design, but also have brass finishes as well as gold, silver and antique models. Homepride are very cheap stair rods which are made from 12mm aluminium tubes and come in standard 36″ lengths that can be altered by cutting either at the time you order or by the professionals who will install the carpets and rods.

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Another option that is very decorative, are the Royale stair rods that are triangular and made from hollow brass.

The most popular design is the Beaumont which has a decorative runner and ending, and is available in 7 different finishes, including a very elegant lacquered antique brass stair rod that is ideal for plush antique style carpets and will accent wood or marble flooring that may show along the sides of the carpet or stair runner.

Another beautiful option, instead of full rods, is the stair clip, which can be had in the Victorian style that is solid brass with a variety of finishes, including antique pewter and black wrought iron. These antique brass stair rods can be a final touch that gives a wooden stairway a classy accent, or may even be used to accent a rustic country cabin theme. They are very versatile and affordable, and easy to install.

If you have a modern designed home with a crisp white or grey or even black carpet that’s a minimalist design, these clips are just the thing, and since they come in what appear to be white and chrome stair rods collections, they can be modern elegant without necessarily having a total antique look.

Zoroufy Stair Rods

Some of the most famous stair rods are crafted by Zoroufy. Their neest collection is called Stair Jewel™ , which is a high-end line that has intricately carved motifs and a patented interlocking bracket for a smooth clean-line style without ugly screws that show. They have four basic styles called the ball the acorn, the urn and a pineapple style. They are all solid polished brass stair runner rods of the finest quality.

About Zoroufy

Zoroufy has been creating decorative stair rods and improving the design of stair rod brackets since 1970 due to Hassan Zoroufy who was first a fine oriental Transitional area rug and tapestry trader. However, in the 80’s, wall to wall carpet and stair runners became popular and therefore the Persian and oriental carpets needed to be fixed in place by stair rods and stair clips that would accent the excellent carpets.

The fine designs that were innovated became very popular and Zoroufy began delivering stair carpet rods to many retailers n the floor covering world and soon expanded to offer products not only in the USA, but in Canada and even to the European market. The Zoroufy stair rods are of the finest quality, used in elegant homes as well as hotels and other commercial settings.

Stair Rods US

In the US, one of the places to get chrome stair rods and antique brass designs, as well as cheap stair rods for a limited budget, is Stairrods US. They offer all the best brands and styles like Royale, which has the triangular styles called Eastern and Promise which are thick hollow stair rods that are very ornate finials and may be suited for grand staircases. They also have the Premier line which is a solid traditional country range with machined finials, or the Vision line that is contemporary including crystal tipped stair rods that come in 7 different finishes.

If you need antique designs the Tudor and the Blacksmith collections are ideal. The beautiful Blacksmith line is all hand beaten rustic and may be ordered in 3 different finial accents.

They also carry the cheap Homepride hollow stair rods that come in different finishes for those who are on a very limited budge.

For those who want to order the Victorian stair clips in the US, there are the solid brass Stargrip and the aluminium clips.

For information on carpet underlay in the US, and for ideas on where to buy large Transitional area rugs, runners, Persian and oriental carpets and even wool area Transitional area rugs or the popular shaggy shag Transitional area rug and zebra styles, please continue browsing our related topics.

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How to Buy the Best Postal Tubes at Affordable Prices?

Postal tubes are used for various purposes related to packaging. Packing and transporting of fragile items becomes easier with postal tubes. Delicate items can be packed properly before they are shipped to a different location. eCommerce website owners use postal tubes for packing and sending posters, maps, artwork, and blueprints. It is important to invest in high quality cardboard tubes to ensure safe delivery of the items. Important documents can be packed into mailing tubes before they are shipped. It ensures safe delivery of the rolled items.

Most of the reputed manufacturers offer postal tubes in different shapes and sizes. Look for trustworthy suppliers who sell tubes that are designed to perfection. Business owners should transport A3 or even A4 sized documents in mailing tubes. Search for professional finish postal tubes that are durable.

postal tubes

postal tubes

Environment-friendly postal tubes are the need of the hour. They come with secure end caps, and the mailed items can be protected at each and every step of the journey while transportation. Whether you need packaging solutions for electronics or medical applications, it is essential to buy the best quality cardboard tubes for packaging the supplies.

Some manufacturers and supplies offer customized postal tubes as per the customers’ exact requirements. Large sheets of cardboard and thick sheets of paper are cut into thin ribbons. They are spiral-bound and measured and cut into the tubes. Water-proof and water-resistant cardboard tubes are used for heavy-duty applications. One can look for the tubes that are resilient to humidity and can withstand high pressure and temperature. As cardboard is porous, the tubes can be used for various purposes.

Think of all the factors while buying postal tubes for your business. Discuss your requirements with a few experts and get suggestions. They would be able to provide you with the best suitable solutions matching your exact business needs. Paper tubes are available in different colors, designs, and patterns. You can get your business logo printed on the tubes. Look for light-weight and decorative cardboard tubes for packaging.

Article Source:- https://www.curran.co.uk/how-to-buy-the-best-postal-tubes-at-affordable-prices/

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THE FIVE COMPONENTS TO A GREAT WARM-UP

How many people do you know that step foot inside a gyms in Scottsdale AZ head straight to the squat rack or get here a minute before their training appointment and get right into their first working set? Probably plenty gym goers you’ve seen or perhaps you’ve done that yourself once or twice. The human body is so complex that it is imperative you incorporate a great warm-up into your routine before you get your body going into its primary block of exercises. It will do wonders for you in the long run helping with decrease of injury and longevity in your joints. There are 5 components that make a warm up great and I’m going to tell you about them.

First and foremost general movement. Any type of general movement before exercise is key to increase core body temperature, increase blood flow to the muscles and should be the first absolute thing you should do. Whether that be a light jog, brisk walk, moderate ride on the bike the list can go on but just getting any type of movement to heat up your body temperature is step one.

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Next is activation. Allowing you to elongate the muscles you are about to use can help with range of motion and improve balance and stability. Here at pulse we like to utilize mini bands to activate the hips, glutes and hamstrings. Such as a lateral walk with the mini bands, forward and backwards walk with the bands; again the list can go on. However, activation doesn’t just have to be mini bands you can certainly prime your muscles doing body weight movements such as a flute bridge, a body weight squat, a lateral plank walk and plenty more.

Third, a dynamic stretch. Dynamic stretching is a form of active movement that isn’t about holding a stretch but rather than taking your body through what will better prepare you for your workout or activity. Just a few great examples of those are, walking lunges with a reach, worlds greatest stretch with a rotation and open and closing the gate.

Next, movement integration. Similar to dynamic stretching in this part you want to go through specific movement patterns that you will be going through ahead of your training session. Some of the specific patterns may include an RDL, an overhead press, a push up and a squat. Typically the exercises that are in the primary block of your training session are the movements you want to pattern in this step.

Lastly is the neural activation aspect. Now that your core body temperature is up, your body is feeling loose and ready to go one last component is to fire up the nervous system and get it ready to lift some heavy weights. Incorporating these drills allows us to wake up our nervous system before we start strength training. In order to activate a muscle, a neuron must fire a signal to our brain. Neurons are nerve cells that build up our nervous system; hence why the brain is equally as important as muscles when it comes to strength. Some of these exercises include, a couple short sprints, an explosive box and a medicine ball slam. Incorporating a coupe of these exercises in your warm up will help your body be better primed for your training session and will your body will thank you down the road.

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How to Get Back into the Gym

The holidays are officially over. Personally, I hate taking down all the decorations. For me that means that the festivities, the parties, the food, the notion of peace on earth and goodwill towards men have all suddenly vanished. For many of us, this means that we no longer have excuses or obstacles in our way to get back into the gym. Yet, it can be very challenging to make that first move especially if we have taken an extended break from exercise.

As an athlete, I struggled with an injury about a year ago that basically resulted in me having to take a good month and a half off. I was grateful for the rest as I had previously pushed myself way too hard but when it was time to get back to it, I looked in the mirror and saw the results of what I could only call a downward spiral of bad choices. Because I stopped working out, I started making very poor eating choices. I drank more than I normally did and didn’t get enough sleep. For me, it’s either all going in a positive direction or in a negative one. It was definitely not going the way I wanted. And this is a totally normal experience. I’m sure you have felt this way too that when one thing is going well we can leverage that experience to help push other facets in a positive direction. It can also be the same with when things are not going your way. And this was the case with me.

I remember looking at the mirror and this voice crept into my mind, “what’s the use? You’ll have to start all over and you’re more limited now than ever because of your injury.” The prospect seemed daunting. I had trained pretty seriously for about 5 years now and I had a major setback. I know many of you have felt that same feeling of starting back at square one whether it’s taking a month off, a year off or maybe it’s been a few years.

Especially in sunny and fit Florida, having access to some of the best gyms in Fort Lauderdale has to offer, you might not know where to begin. I’m here to tell you that all you need to do is make the first move and we can do the rest. However, here’s a few other pieces of advice that are helpful when starting off on the right foot in getting back into the gym.

Bite Off What You Can Realistically Chew

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For me, what I needed to do was take a “one step at a time” approach. If I tried to just do it all at once it would be an epic failure as I would be taking on too much. I needed to reintroduce positive reinforcement to getting me back into the gym. So, I started by just doing one session a week. That was my task in the beginning. If I can make it to one workout a week then eventually I can make it to two and so on. Manageable goals are the key to your success

Be Patient With Yourself

I was nowhere near my peak when I got back into the gym. It wasn’t just the month off, but the injury forced me to evaluate how I approached certain movements I now was limited with. I had to constantly remind myself that I was in a different phase of my life and not to hold unrealistic expectations of myself. Even at the best gyms in Fort Lauderdale can provide, with the best trainers and coaches cheering you on, having the patience for yourself as you re-adjust to a gym routine will work wonders. As Coaches, we don’t expect world class fitness out of anyone, much less someone who is just coming back. Know that we’re happy you’re there and making the effort and you should feel the same pride within yourself.

There Is Nothing Better Than a Friend’s Support

When I got back in, I was lucky enough to have my training partner work out with me and help me scale movements as well as encourage me to keep going. That’s one of the best things about CrossFit, is that it’s communal in a group setting. Working out alone, even at the best gyms in Fort Lauderdale has, can feel like a huge drag. Friends can make all the difference. At RoxFire Fitness, I encourage an environment that is supportive and just know that we’re all there with a shared goal in mind. It’s great accountability to have someone who is trying to do the same thing you are! So next time you come in, bring a new friend with you and we’ll help them started as well.

The biggest takeaway from this I can offer is that it doesn’t matter what happened in the past. Maybe you’re someone who has always started and stopped workout programs because you’re on your own. I know what it’s like to walk into a big anonymous gym and have to self-motivate especially when taking time off. This is the real value of working out in a CrossFit class. I’m going to do everything I can to motivate you to come in and give it to your best. I want you to succeed and see the full value of the premium experience you’re paying for.

At the end of the day, making the effort is really what counts. If you can send us an email or text and say “hey I need to get back in, but I’m struggling!” – have no fear. I’ll give you a call and we’ll set up a time to come meet one-on-one and we can talk through everything. It doesn’t have to be a scary or intimidating experience. Know that when I first started CrossFit, I had always worked out but never really in a group setting. Walking in was the hardest choice I made, but ultimately the best one. Sometimes the things we fear the most are the things that push us towards the most growth. I’ll always be a support and Coach to those who want to make their fitness goals become a reality! So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this!

Article Source: https://www.roxfirefitness.com/how-to-get-back-into-the-gym/

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Travel Security in Mexico: Ground Truth and Transportation

Secure Transportation & Ground Truth; Key aspects of Business Travel Security In Mexico

National Risk Assessments Are Not Useful

The business traveler to Mexico is ill-served by a national or regional level risk assessment approach.  Rather, Mexico Travel Risk Services must be viewed through the lens of locality. For example, risk levels in Cancun are not nearly the same as Monterrey. Corporate security organizations wedded to general travel advice for Mexican regions will not only find themselves saying “No” to business opportunities in safer towns but saying “Yes” to potentially life-threatening visits to villages that should be off-limits.  More than ever before, business travelers unaware of the risk distinctions from district to district, and neighborhood to neighborhood are either placing themselves at unprecedented risk or missing out on closing deals in places where the risk is manageable.

Last year, the U.S. State Department issued strict “do not travel” advisories for five Mexican states because of violent crime and gang activity. While the State Department has long recommended travelers exercise “increased caution” in Mexico in general because of widespread homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery, the new warning elevates the five states to level 4, the highest level of potential danger. This advisory puts the states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero on the same level as battle-weary countries like Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Yet, many businesses have chosen to interpret the “do not travel” advisories for those five states as precluding travel to even the surrounding regions adjacent to those states. In doing so, those businesses are foregoing opportunities by not seeking out the finer details of Mexican travel.

Security in Mexico, Questions You Must Ask

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One question should be foremost in the mind of any business traveler to Mexico, whether pre-departure, upon arrival, and around the clock while in the country. That ever-present core query should be, “What’s the ground truth?” and ‘How can I get from A to B safely, commensurate with risk?”

Whether it’s Mexico City, Oaxaca, or Juarez, getting to the ground truth means asking the right questions designed to determine the specific risks. Mitigating and managing risks can only happen once you understand the distinct dangers of your locality.  Specific and practical risk questions are those that are directly linked to the where, who, why, and when of your Mexico travel.  For example, mapping the routes between your airport, hotel and business site allows you to learn if any of those routes are prone to incidents.  Assessing the crime near local hotel and dining options permits you to plan for possible overnights in alternate locations.  Allowing security professionals to research known gang activity, robberies, and assaults at your destination over the last 30 days offers an understanding of the modus operandi of the local criminals and the potential to plan mitigating countermeasures.

Acknowledge and Understand Risks in Mexico to Better Overcome Them

Acknowledging the risks and planning for them is the first step toward enabling smarter business travel to Mexico. Remember, high-level security professionals, special forces and elite units around the world are not successful in their operations because of ninja-like capability.  These professionals succeed in the harshest of travel environments due to planning and preparation complemented by a pro-active situational awareness.  Learning of and thinking through every threat, assessing actual vulnerability to that threat based on hard data, and planning with professionals to avoid or manage that risk makes the difference between winning a contract or watching a competitor get the deal.  A simple but important example is in the risk of Kidnap.  In some locales in Mexico, Kidnap is high-risk, and most Kidnaps happen in or near a vehicle. Mitigation measures include pre-booking a vetted security driver with the right looking, low-profile vehicle, and varying travel routes each day.

In Mexico City, often non-armored vehicles with a security driver and a solid pre-travel safety briefing is commensurate with risk. In the orthern border regions, one may require a low-profile vehicle e.g. truck, and a covert advance asset to run the route and help fly under the radar. Alternatively, sometimes high profile armored vehicle convoys act as a necessary deterrent. One size definitely does not fit all in Mexico. The answer is to search out subject matter expert advice.

What if?

Preparation for higher risk business travel must also include preparation for the possibility of the risk materializing despite mitigation measures.  This is where vigilance and situational awareness combine to help answer the question “What if” question.  For example, “What if that person watching me leave the hotel every morning has criminal links?” “What If my driver suddenly veers off route and says he is picking up a friend?”  “What if a car screeches up beside me and two men run towards me?”  The simple act of asking the “What if” question better prepares you to successfully and calmly react to the threat and survive it.

With planning and preparation, use of available data, and consultation with security professionals, business travel to Mexico can be both savvy and successful. But, with zero question two key pieces to the risk management plan must include Ground truth and a solid secure transportation and journey management plan.

Article Source: https://ets-riskmanagement.com/travel-security-in-mexico-ground-truth-and-transportation/

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Top 10 E commerce Trends for 2019

The eCommerce industry has been transforming over the last many years. Industry experts are expecting the eCommerce industry to reach $27 trillion by the end of 2020. As the mobile revolution fuels up, online store owners need to think out of the box to please the customers.

Almost 12% of the shoppers use mobile apps from their mobile devices to shop at online websites while 47% of the users make use of mobile apps to buy products and services online.

If you have an eCommerce store, just having a store may not help you get amazing results. You need to market your products to capture the attention of the interested potential buyers.

Consumers always look for convenience when they shop for products online. eCommerce store owners should follow the latest trends to ensure that they can engage the users.

We’ve jotted down some of the web trends you should look for to stand out of the competition. You can adopt one or two or all of them together to notice an increase in your online sales.

Faster Shipping and Better Delivery Logistics

One of the significant factors that affect the success of eCommerce stores is the shipping time and quality of delivery. Amazon understood this, and now they offer one or two-day shipping options for its Prime users. eCommerce giants are working hard on reducing the times of deliveries and provide better delivery solutions to the customers. Providing one or two-day delivery can boost up your sales within no time. If you run an eCommerce store, you should offer faster deliveries and better logistics.

The explosive growth of Mobile Payments and IoT

There has been an explosion in mobile payments for the last few years. Users all over the world are embracing mobile wallets through applications. Due to the rise of IoT and internet-connected devices, making mobile payments has become more accessible and more straightforward. Industry experts assume that mobile payments would increase by 46% in 2019 for eCommerce business. Cashless mobile payment systems will gain greater traction in the coming years.

Voice Search everywhere

Voice search is everywhere now. If you talk about mobile phones, you must mention the growth of voice search. 2018 witnessed a significant adoption of voice search for the eCommerce space. 58% of consumers have used voice search to find local business information within the last year With the increasing use of smart home appliances like Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home units; we can expect consumers to make purchases via such devices.

Chatbots

Chatbots are transforming the eCommerce user experience, and it will continue to grow in the coming few years. Hubspot states that 48% of the consumers prefer connecting with a company via live chat as compared to other mediums. This means that eCommerce owners should invest in a chatbot to drive engagement and sales online. If you haven’t spent time considering a chatbot already, you should think of it now to increase your online sales.

Brands Continue To Unite To Create Large Marketplaces

One online shop sells kitchenware while another store only sells crockery. There’s another eCommerce store that sells both – kitchenware and crockery. Which store would you choose? The users would prefer to decide to buy kitchen and household items from online stores that offer a wide range of options for products and their categories. Brands have started realizing this and showcasing their products on marketplaces to get the maximum online visibility. Several industry-specific marketplaces sell various products in different categories.

Personalization Still Dominates

This is another marketing tactic that will not fade away anytime soon. Imagine you wanted to buy a refrigerator and you searched some websites online checking the price so that you can purchase it from a local retail store. Next time you visit the same website, you get information about the latest models of refrigerators on your screen. Wouldn’t you think of buying the fridge online then? Consumers expect a lot of personalization while shopping online. Customization based on the users’ previous interests and browsing behaviour helps store owners stand out of the competition. Determine consumer behaviour and offer them relevant information while they browse as this will tempt them to buy the products from your store.

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Marketing Automation

For a layperson, marketing automation may seem like sending automated emails and scheduling social media posts. Marketing automation has become a new trend that involves sending out personalized emails to customers, display new products according to the visitors’ browsing history, and run other campaigns to attract new customers and retain the existing ones.

eCommerce Mobile Apps

Traditional eCommerce websites have served us well since the last many years. Many giant companies and brands have relied on eCommerce websites to sell their products online. Now, it’s the era of mobile apps for online shopping. A large percentage of users rely on eCommerce mobile applications these days. Do not assume that such apps would take over eCommerce websites and they would become extinct. eCommerce mobile websites as well apps are expected to flourish in the coming years.

The Omni-Channel trend

Being a business owner, you would not want to be confined and limited to one place for selling your goods or services. The multi-channel approach helps you spread your wings to a larger market share and reach to more consumers who may be interested in buying your products or services. Marketers need to sell their products via multiple channels such as Amazon, Flipkart, Facebook, eBay, and others. Once you’ve advertised on all the platforms, you can focus on delivering high-quality customer experience.

Ok, you are missing the 10th trend. That one is on you. Which eCommerce trend do you think is missing here for 2019? Please share your thoughts with us in a comment below.

Quick Recap

eCommerce is indeed a growing sector these days as it offers great convenience to the users. As the competition is increasing day by day, every eCommerce business owner looks for new ways to stay ahead in the race. The current generation seems for ease of purchasing when shopping online. 247 Labs has tremendous expertise in ecommerce development. The expert web developers working with us think out of the box and come up with exceptional web development solutions. Whether you need a small online store selling a couple of products or want a large eCommerce portal, we are there to help you get the best web development services.

Source By…https://247labs.com/blog/ecommerce-trends-for-2019/

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Calcium facts

What is calcium? It is a chemical element that is essential for living organisms. It is the most abundant mineral in the body and vital for good health. It is important that we have an influx of calcium in order to build and maintain strong bones. Calcium is found naturally in many foods, and supplements are available. Below are three important facts. A personal trainer in Richmond Gym can tell you the importance of calcium.

Why exactly do we need calcium?

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We need calcium mainly for bone health. You may have heard of the saying “drink milk for strong bones”; and it is true. Calcium also has other functions such as muscle contractions, blood clotting and assisting enzymes at work. Without calcium your body will have a fragile frame and inefficient system operations. Having enough calcium is important if you want to get fit, strong, lose weight.

Where can we find calcium?

Calcium can be found in many foods. Some common foods we often hear high in calcium are milk, cheese and yogurt. Various nuts and seeds carry this element as well such as pistachio, sesame, almonds and hazelnuts. Many fortified cereals are high in calcium as well.

How much calcium do we need per day?

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